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SailGP Season 2 set to kick off in Sydney

by SailGP 11 Sep 23:18 BST 28-29 February 2020
Australia SAILGP Team skippered by Tom Slingsby and Great Britain SailGP Team skippered by Dylan Fletcher during the opening of event of SailGP Season 1 on Sydney Harbour © Chris Cameron for SailGP

Sydney was today announced as the season opener for SailGP in 2020. Following a hugely successful event earlier this year - when Sydney kicked-off the global league's inaugural season - SailGP will return to the iconic Australian harbor on February 28 and 29 for the first event of SailGP Season 2. Tickets for Sydney SailGP will go on sale November 1.

SailGP, the annual global championship, currently features teams representing Australia, China, France, Japan, Great Britain and the United States.

SailGP's 50-foot flying catamarans - the fastest sail racing boats in the world - are piloted by some of the world's best sailors, including Australian Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, who is currently leading the inaugural season heading into the Season 1 Grand Final next weekend in Marseille, France. Slingsby became the first-ever sailor to break 50 knots (100 kph) during an action-packed race last month at Cowes SailGP.

"Sailing in front of a home crowd was simply amazing, and something that I had never experienced before at this level," said Slingsby. "There is nothing more special and motivating for an athlete to have the support of the home crowd, and I am extremely excited that we are returning to Sydney. It's one of my favorite places to sail and to win this year was the perfect start to our season. We'll be aiming to make it a repeat victory next year."

"Sydney was a spectacular venue to launch SailGP earlier this year on every level - the iconic harbor backdrop, the competition, the fans - and we can't wait to return," said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. "The teams will be spending the winter testing new wing sails, and other exciting upgrades on the F50s. The boats are getting faster and the teams more competitive, and we expect Sydney will once again be a great natural amphitheater to showcase these incredible athletes and boats."

More than 22,000 people representing 25 nations turned out to watch Slingsby and the Australia SailGP Team win the historic home event on Sydney Harbour in February 2019. Overall, the landmark event reached 96 million people worldwide.

Recognizing the benefit of the event - which saw US$21 million spent in relation to Sydney SailGP and a total economic impact of US$18 million - Tourism Australia is supporting SailGP for 2020. Sydney SailGP will help promote Australia as a tourist and major events destination, and drive visitor growth and expenditure.

Next week, the SailGP Season 1 Grand Final will take place in Marseille, culminating with the season's top two teams going head to head for the SailGP Championship trophy and a winner-takes-all US$1 million prize. Following Season 1 events in Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Cowes (UK), Slingsby leads the overall standings by four points ahead of fellow Australian Olympic gold medalist Nathan Outteridge, helm of the Japan SailGP Team. Tickets are available at SailGP.com/Marseille.

About SailGP

SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and New York, 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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