SailGP Hits San Francisco Bay in 2019
2019 marks the debut of a new fan-centric grand prix racing championship, SailGP, in San Francisco. The City will play host to the second stop of the inaugural season of SailGP on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. This exciting event will introduce U.S. audiences to a redefined form of sailing, which includes a redesigned and supercharged boat class, the F50.
Teams representing six nations—the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain, and Japan—will race on identical 50-foot foiling catamarans, known as the F50. The world's fastest, most technologically advance flying catamaran, the F50 is expected to break the 50-know (60mph/100kph) speed barrier.
SailGP teams practice in the San Francisco Bay
The competing teams will race just off the Marina Yacht Club Peninsula, located in the heart of San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge serving as a stunning and dramatic backdrop. The San Francisco SailGP Race Village, located on the Marina Yacht Club Peninsula, will serve as the center of the festivities.
After an official practice day on Friday, May 3 with all six teams, the national teams will compete in a total of five short-format fleet races across May 4th and 5th from 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. The top two teams will face off in a match-race finale to determine the winner on Sunday afternoon.
The United States SailGP team is comprised of some of the best and brightest athletes: Rome Kirby of Newport, RI (helmsman); Riley Gibbs of Long Beach, CA (wing trimmer); Hans Henken of Coronado, CA (flight controller); Mac Agnese of Fort Lauderdale, FL (Grinder);Dan Morris of Newport, RI (grinder) and Taylor Canfield of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (flight controller-tactician)San Francisco SailGP is the second stop in a series of five events taking place throughout the year and around the world in 2019. Spearheaded by Olympian Sir Russell Coutts and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, SailGP is sanctioned by World Sailing. The inaugural SailGP event will kick off in Sydney (February 15-16), followed by San Francisco (May 4-5), New York (June 21-22) and Cowes (August 10-11). The final stop will be Marseille (September 20-22), where a winner-takes-all, $1 million match-race final will occur on the last day between the season’s top-two teams.
Tickets are on sale now. For more event details, including registration information and to purchase tickets, click here. Red and White Fleet's newest vessels, Zalophus and Enhydra, are the exclusive official providers for on-the-water experiences. These spectator boats will have a preferred viewing position on the race area perimeter, guaranteeing a close view of the action, and complimentary food and beverage packages. On-the-water tickets, as well as shore-side grandstand viewing tickets, are available at sailgp.com/sanfrancisco.
SailGP is the latest marquee event in partnership with Giants Enterprises, the San Francisco Giants' hospitality and event consultancy team. Giants Enterprises hosts one-of-a-kind experiences at Oracle Park and its facilities, including the annual Giant Race, custom private events, iconic concerts, and the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, as well as providing strategic assistance with the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in 2013.