SailGP Returns to the San Francisco Bay in 2021
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SailGP, the global championship that is redefining the sport of sailing, will return to San Francisco on Saturday, Apr. 17 and Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021. Season 2 is set to be expanded from five to a minimum of seven events during the year-long period beginning in April 2021 and lasting until the early months of 2022.
“Our focus must necessarily shift to returning at a time when our events do not present undue internal or external risk," said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “We’ll use the coming months to focus on important initiatives to make both our racing and broadcast even more attractive – including through further development of our F50 catamarans, simulator and gaming platform, as well as enhanced data integration via artificial intelligence – while continuing to work toward our ambitious target of carbon neutrality by 2025."
Teams representing seven nations—the United States, Australia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Spain and Denmark — will race on identical 50-foot foiling catamarans, known as the F50. The world's fastest, most technologically advanced flying catamaran, the F50 broke the 50-knot (60mph/100kph) speed barrier in Season 1's racing.
The adrenaline-filled racing will take place in the heart of San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge serving as a stunning and dramatic backdrop. The official viewing area is once again located on the Marina Yacht Club Peninsula. Attracting 22,000 spectators in the first year, this ticketed area along the water’s edge will be the center of the festivities.
During the league’s inaugural season in 2019, fans embraced the SailGP concept, as the championship’s five events garnered a television audience of 256 million. In addition, more than 133,000 spectators watched the live events, 138,000 downloaded the award-winning mobile app and more than 100,000 eF50s raced in the debut of the league’s first-generation gaming platform.
Coutts said, “We’ve created a lot of growth and momentum from our first six events, and are 100 percent committed to becoming a leading rights holder and advancing the sport in a way that has never been done before. We’ll prioritize innovative improvements during this interim period, and then refocus on live events in early 2021.”
San Francisco Information
Guests visiting San Francisco for SailGP will discover that The City is home to a little bit of everything - world-class culinary and arts scenes, a strikingly beautiful natural setting, and a famously diverse population. Iconic experiences include riding the Cable Cars, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, strolling Fisherman’s Wharf & PIER 39, and visiting Alcatraz Island. Don’t miss shopping in Union Square, finding Dim Sum in Chinatown, grabbing an Italian meal in North Beach, exploring the city’s Latino heritage in the Mission, and celebrating the city’s 50th anniversary of Pride in the Castro District. The many arts & culture attractions throughout the city offer experimental and traditional experiences showcasing the city’s creativity. And of course, the Marina District neighborhood, the home of SailGP, offers a multitude of dining and nightlife options to explore before and after the racing on the waterfront.