The world’s fastest on-water racing will take place in the Bay Area on May 4-5 as six international teams will compete in San Francisco Bay, marking the inaugural SailGP stop in the United States
SailGP, a new fan-centric grand prix racing championship, in collaboration with Giants Enterprises, are proud to announce that San Francisco will play host to the second stop of SailGP season one on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. The San Francisco leg will introduce U.S. audiences to a redefined form of sailing which includes a redesigned and supercharged boat class, F50, that are expected to break the 50-knot (60mph/100kph) barrier. Tickets will go on-sale on Thursday, February, 21, at SailGP.com/SanFrancisco.
Each of the inaugural season events will feature teams representing six countries – the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan – all racing on identical 50-foot foiling catamarans, known as the F50 – the world’s fastest, most technologically advanced flying catamaran.
In May, 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 event will take place on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 12 to 2 p.m. PDT as the six national teams will compete in a total of five short-format fleet races, culminating with the top two teams facing off in a match race finale to determine the winner on Sunday afternoon.
As SailGP’s first grand prix in the United States, the San Francisco engagement will be the second in a series of five events taking place throughout the year and around the world in 2019. Spearheaded by Sir Russell Coutts and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, SailGP is sanctioned by World Sailing.
“San Francisco is a city that knows and appreciates sailing, and SailGP is thrilled to hold its first U.S. event in the Bay Area,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “The Bay’s strong breezes and tidal flows will create an ideal course for sailors to test their limits, and the area’s unique shoreline will allow it to serve as a natural amphitheater for spectators to take in the action from many points on land. Fans in San Francisco will witness a form of sailing that’s never been attempted before, presented in a way that’s never before been experienced in the sport’s history.”
Giants Enterprises, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the San Francisco Giants, is responsible for the development of new events and partnerships in and around Oracle Park beyond the Major League Baseball franchise. In 2013, Giants Enterprises had strategic involvement with the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco, producing the Official Spectator Experience and commercializing the event for the first time in its 160-year history.
Led by President Stephen Revetria, Giants Enterprises will partner with SailGP to lead the regional promotion and marketing efforts to drive awareness and create an electric atmosphere within the season’s San Francisco stop.
“We are excited to partner with SailGP and help make this inaugural season a truly unforgettable one,” Revetria said. “The Bay Area has a very passionate sailing community and we look forward to promoting and sharing this world-class international event with the region.”
The United States SailGP Team is comprised of some of the best and brightest athletes in the world. As announced in October 2018, the five U.S. team members are: Rome Kirby of Newport, Rhode Island (helmsman); Riley Gibbs of Long Beach, California (wing trimmer); Hans Henken of Coronado, California (flight controller); Mac Agnese of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (grinder); and Dan Morris of Newport, Rhode Island (grinder).
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.
All six SailGP teams will be in San Francisco practicing for two weeks prior to the start of San Francisco SailGP.
Tickets for San Francisco SailGP will go on-sale on Thursday, February, 21. For more event details, including ticket, registration information and exclusive updates, please visit SailGP.com/SanFrancisco.