SailGP have announced an updated schedule for the first half of its second season, with the opening events now set for the island of Bermuda and the southern Italian city of Taranto.
Prior to the season start, SailGP’s eight national teams – Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States – will use the stunning blue waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound to hone their skills during a pre-season training camp. And, for the first time, female athletes will be included in the training as part of SailGP’s gender equity initiative.
Then on April 24-25, 2021, the Bermuda Grand Prix will open an expanded season that is planned to feature nine events. Many will remember Bermuda playing host to the 35th America’s Cup in 2017, providing a spectacular playing field for the dramatic competition featuring the foiling catamarans that evolved into the F50 used for SailGP. Due to its successful health and safety measures, Bermuda is an ideal venue to restart SailGP’s global racing championship and host pre-season training.
Glenn Jones, interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Official Host Partner said: “Bermuda is open, safe and welcoming travelers in search of a truly extraordinary experience. Bermuda is incredibly proud to have been selected to host the prestigious 2021 season-opening event for SailGP, which is rapidly emerging as the pinnacle league in professional sailing. The island’s tremendous sailing legacy, cultural diversity and global proximity will be on full display, it’s also an ideal season for superyachts to come and charter here, enjoying spectacular scenery with a front-row seat to this dynamic on-the-water event.”
Following the opener, the second stop of SailGP Season 2 and the first-ever Italy Grand Prix will be held June 5-6 in Taranto. Southern Italy’s ‘City of Two Seas’ is situated between two bodies of water – the Big Sea and Little Sea – and the unique natural harbour will provide the perfect setting for adrenaline-filled racing, in front of a backdrop that reflects the old and new of southern Italy.
Taranto’s Mayor, Rinaldo Melucci said: “With 28 centuries of history and at the heart of the Mediterranean, Taranto is proud to host teams and guests from all over the world for the competition’s first stop in Europe. Its waters will also become the venue for various contests in the XX Mediterranean Games in a few years time. Many people might not be familiar with this corner of Italy, but Taranto’s wonderful light and beauty are something that you will cherish forever. All are very welcome.”
While San Francisco and New York were initially set to host the first events following SailGP’s Season 2 postponement due to COVID-19, the shift in schedule ensures greater certainty and reduce travel in the early part of the year. The United States Grand Prix | San Francisco will now serve as the SailGP Season 2 Grand Final, planned for April 2022.
As previously announced, the Great Britain Grand Prix | Plymouth will take place on July 17-18, followed by the ROCKWOOL Denmark Grand Prix | Aarhus on August 20-21. Two additional European host cities will be announced with the remaining season schedule in early December.
So with dates in place, get in touch to book your front row seat at the opening events.
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