A new world sailing series called SailGP is about to make its debut on New York waters just steps away from the The Wagner. The race will take place on the lower Hudson River, with the onshore Race Village at Brookfield Place. From Friday June 21st through Saturday June 22nd, New York sailing fans can watch some of the world’s most advanced sailors race on the picturesque and challenging Hudson River. With strong wind shifts, currents and tidal flows, the New York race promises to be a supercharged nailbiter.
SailGP was started by former America’s Cup holders Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts in 2018. The founders assert that the event is not a rival for America’s Cup, but a completely new annual sailing series that features bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. With headquarters in London and San Francisco, 2019 marks the first year of the races, which will take place in waterfront cities across the world: New York, Sydney, Cowes, Marseille and San Francisco.
The goal of these races is to engage new audiences in the sport of sailing and introduce the next generation to the beauty of the sport. Whether you’re new to sailing or a die-hard fan, here are some SailGP specifics to familiarize yourself with before the big race:
Nation v. Nation
In the SailGP series, teams will be divided according to country. The best sailors from Great Britain, U.S., Australia, France, China and Japan will rival against each other, ultimately vying for the $1 million winner-takes-all match race.
Short Form Races
The SailGP races will consist of short-format, inshore stadium racing, making it easier for fans to take in the best of each race. During each city event, a total of five fleets will race over two competition days leading up to a final race between the two series leaders. Points will be accumulated throughout the season, after which a final match race will take place for the SailGP championship, trophy and $1 million prize.
The F50 Catamaran
Unlike the races at America’s Cup, all competing sailors will be racing with identically engineered F50 Catamarans. These technologically advanced boats are powered by a 24-meter wingsail and are designed to fly above the water on hydrofoils at speeds of over 50 knots (or 60 miles per hour). New wing sails have also been constructed to improve performance at both ends of the wind spectrum. Plus, all of the racing F50 Catamarans are equipped with on-board camera and microphone equipment to record point-of-view racing videos that provide an authentic recording of the “on-board” experience.
Committed to Sustainability
SailGP will introduce strong sustainability efforts during their races to protect and respect the oceans on which the races take place. All events will work towards the goal of eliminating and preventing any plastic waste from entering the waters during the events.
To see the sailing action up-close during your stay, make sure to book your tickets in advance at https://sailgp.com/tickets/.