SailGP to debut in San Francisco Bay this weekend
This weekend 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.
SailGP will make its U.S. debut on the waters of San Francisco Bay, offering the next generation of high-adrenaline sailing. Teams representing the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan will battle on the Bay during the May 4 and 5 grand prix, as spectators take in the action from spectacular on-water and shoreside vantage points, allowing them to get closer to the action than ever before.
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 national teams will compete in a total of five short-format fleet races across the two days, culminating with the top two teams facing off in a match-race finale to determine the winner on Sunday afternoon.
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 100 kilometers per hour).