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U.S. SailGP Team showcases "Lady Liberty" on the Hudson ahead of first-ever New York City race

by SailGP 18 Jun 09:31 BST 21-22 June 2019
U.S. SailGP Team showcases 'Lady Liberty' on the Hudson © Chris Cameron / SailGP

With four days until SailGP's New York racing debut, the United States SailGP Team made a splash on the Hudson when its F50 racing catamaran flew across the city's waters for the very first time.

National teams representing the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan will all race in identical hydrofoiling catamarans - known as the F50 - as they battle for the New York SailGP title on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Nicknamed "Lady Liberty," the U.S. SailGP Team boat proudly displays an image of the Statue of Liberty on its 78-foot wingsail and on both sides of the hull, adding patriotic flair to the boat sailed by an all-American crew.

The first of the league's six F50s to arrive in New York waters, the U.S. SailGP Team grabbed the attention of shore-side and on-water viewers alike as it sped by. The hydrofoiling F50 features cutting-edge technology that has been in development for nearly 10 years and is capable of reaching speeds never before seen in sailing competition.

"It feels great to be in New York sailing in front of that iconic skyline," said helmsman Rome Kirby. "The team is looking forward to giving spectators an experience to remember --- and continuing our climb up the overall leaderboard."

SailGP is sailing redefined, offering the next generation of high-adrenaline, competitive sailing. Bringing the sport closer to fans than ever before, spectators in New York will be afforded the opportunity to witness the action up close as teams go head-to-head in a thrilling battle.

New York SailGP marks the third event of SailGP's inaugural racing calendar. Following New York, the league's six teams will head to Cowes, England (August 10-11), before the Grand Final in Marseille, France (September 20-22). The season will conclude with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race to determine the overall champion.

U.S. SailGP Team

The United States SailGP Team is looking to continue its climb up the rankings, after finishing just off the podium in fourth place in its stateside debut in San Francisco last month. Looking to continue the home-water momentum, Kirby (Newport, Rhode Island) and teammates Mac Agnese (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Taylor Canfield (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands), Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, California), Hans Henken (Coronado, California) and Dan Morris (Edina, Minnesota) are primed to challenge their competitors.

Currently, the Australia SailGP Team helmed by sailing legend Tom Slingsby sits atop the rankings, with Japan nipping at the Aussies' heels. The U.S. SailGP Team sits in fourth place.

New York SailGP Racing

The Hudson River, known for the changing wind shifts through the Manhattan skyscrapers, strong currents and tidal flow, will test the world-class athletes to their limits. Competing in a total of five short-format fleet races over the two-day period, the top two teams will face off in a match race finale on Saturday, June 21 to determine the New York SailGP champion.

The New York SailGP Race Village, located at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, will serve as the center of the festivities, an ideal place to take in the race action and cheer on the national teams. Visitors will be able feel the buzz and excited of this new, global event, with access to big screens showing live race coverage and commentary, concessions, the official merchandise shop, entertainment (including the awards ceremony and athlete appearances) and other activities.

Ticket Options

While the SailGP Race Village is free to the public, special ticketed on-water packages are available to enhance the SailGP experience, offering fans in New York the opportunity to get a front-row seat for the action.

SailGP has partnered with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, World Yacht and Classic Harbor Line to provide three premium on-water experiences. Exclusive ticket packages are being offered aboard three Official Spectator Boats - The Liberty, Princess, and Manhattan II - all positioned on the edge of the racecourse, guaranteeing the closest viewing of the action.

Tickets are available at SailGP.com/NewYork.

SailGP APP

The SailGP APP - a next generation immersive experience that puts fans in control of the action - provides an inside track to racing. Available free via the App Store and the Google Play Store, fans can view live data and video from the thrilling races and personalize the boats, camera angles and data that features in their feeds.

About SailGP

SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph/100 kph). Visit SailGP.com for more information.

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