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SailGP's Season 2 to feature eight global events from April 2021 to March 2022

by SailGP 20 Jan 2021 10:35 PST
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SailGP - the sport's pinnacle league, and the first climate positive sports and entertainment property - has announced a full race schedule for its second season, which will feature eight national teams made up of the sport's best athletes squaring off in eight events across three continents.

The schedule represents an expansion from five events in the league's inaugural season (2019), and will kick off in Bermuda in less than 100 days, making stops in a total of seven first-time venues across five countries.

In addition to Bermuda (April 24-25) and previously announced new host cities Taranto (ITA, June 5-6), Plymouth (GBR, July 17-18), Aarhus (DEN, August 20-21), Saint-Tropez (FRA, September 11-12) and Cadiz (ESP, October 9-10), SailGP will also make its first visit to Christchurch for New Zealand's maiden grand prix on January 29-30, 2022. The season will culminate with the Grand Final in San Francisco on March 26-27, 2022, when the champion will be determined in a single $1 million winner-takes-all final.

SailGP's second season will feature Tom Slingsby's reigning champion Australian team, along with crews from Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States. Denmark and Spain will be embarking on their first full SailGP seasons after the 2020 campaign was suspended, while New Zealand will be making its league debut led by Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. In addition, Sir Ben Ainslie will be racing his first full season at the helm of the British entry, while Jimmy Spithill will be piloting a new-look U.S. team for the first time.

Beyond entertaining fans around the world, SailGP will leverage its global platform to champion a better world powered by nature, with a focus on accelerating a transition to clean energy. As part of its Race for the Future purpose-driven agenda, the league will also begin training female athletes within each of the eight sailing teams, and will be using its community-engagement arm - SailGP Inspire - to introduce youth from diverse backgrounds to the sport and wider marine industry.

In its first season, SailGP had a worldwide broadcast audience of 256 million across five events, and expects to see that number grow significantly with the increase to eight stops. Broadcast partnerships for Season 2 are already in place in more than 100 territories, including Australia (Fox Sports), Denmark (TV 2 Sport), France (Canal+ Sport), Japan (DAZN), New Zealand (Sky Sport), Spain (TVE and TV3), UK/Ireland (SKY Sports) and the U.S. (CBS Sports).

SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: "There's rarely been a time in my lifelong sailing career when I've been as enthusiastic as I am about our upcoming season. In just over three months, we'll have the world's best sailors lining up in equally matched boats for what is shaping up to be some of the sport's most competitive racing yet. I can't think of a better way for SailGP to reemerge, and I believe our fans will be taking notice not only of our thrilling racing, but of the new standards we'll be setting in running our events in a sustainable and inclusive way."

Otautahi, Christchurch rounds out Season 2 calendar

Following a competitive bid process, Otautahi Christchurch - the largest city in the South Island - was selected to host the New Zealand Grand Prix. The seventh SailGP event in the calendar will take place in the spectacular Lyttelton Harbour, which is located on the side of an extinct volcano on the east coast of New Zealand and under the guardianship of Te Hapu o Ngati Wheke, the local Maori community.

Coutts said: "Christchurch is one of New Zealand's most exciting venues. The positioning of the race course is quite similar to the layout of our event in San Francisco, which should provide spectacular viewing for our spectators. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Lyttelton Harbour, we expect this event will draw passionate spectators from across the country and Australia, provided the COVID-19 situation improves as we hope it will.

"Aotearoa New Zealand is a strong sailing nation and Otautahi Christchurch has a proud sporting heritage, so we expect Lyttelton Harbour will deliver fantastic conditions and a very warm welcome to all teams and visiting fans."

Loren Heaphy, ChristchurchNZ general manager of destination and attraction, said: "SailGP represented a unique and unmissable opportunity for the city. This is an entirely different event to those we typically attract to Christchurch, and we jumped at the chance to bid to host SailGP. We are a city of sport and innovation, and SailGP combines these in a way only a handful of global sporting spectacles can. Major events like this bring vibrancy to the city, bring communities together, attract visitors and stimulate economic activity. In addition, the event has a focus on sustainability, diversity, innovation and leaving a positive legacy in host cities, something that we are incredibly excited to work together with SailGP to achieve."

Olympic gold medalists and co-CEOs of the New Zealand SailGP Team Burling and Tuke will be able to delight home crowds following their defense of the America's Cup.

Burling said: "We are proud to represent New Zealand and there is nothing better than competing on home waters supported by our country's sports fans, so we are stoked to bring the global event to Christchurch. We can't wait to start racing in SailGP and sharing our Live Ocean conservation message along the way, which we know fans here in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world will get behind."

SailGP Season 2 Schedule*

  • April 24-25, 2021 - Bermuda Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess
  • June 5-6, 2021 - Italy Grand Prix | Taranto
  • July 17-18, 2021 - Great Britain Grand Prix | Plymouth
  • August 20-21, 2021 - ROCKWOOL Denmark Grand Prix | Aarhus
  • September 11-12, 2021 - France Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
  • October 9-10, 2021 - Spain Grand Prix | Andalusia
  • January 29-30, 2022 - New Zealand Grand Prix | Christchurch
  • March 26-27, 2022 - United States Grand Prix | San Francisco (Season 2 Grand Final)

* Subject to change

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