SailGP today unveiled the fifth team in its new global racing league - the China SailGP Team - with a bold ambition to drive the growth of high-performance sailing in China. The China SailGP Team takes to the water in February 2019 equipped to challenge for the inaugural championship title.
There's little denying the huge impact that foiling boats have had and continues to have on our sport – as these two video stories from the last few days so perfectly illustrate.
America's Cup: Meet The Mule
Impressive footage from the waters of Narragansett Bay near Newport, Rhode Island as the US
France’s Nacra 17 Olympic representatives and four-time world championship winners Billy Besson and Marie Riou have been announced as helmsman and flight controller of the France SailGP Team.
Besson and Riou – four-time world champions in the foiling Nacra 17 class – will be joined by Matthieu Vandame as wing trimmer
Impressive aerial footage of the first of the SailGP F50 foiling catamarans filmed sailing off Whangarei Heads in New Zealand.
To the casual observer the F50 foiling catamarans that will be used in next year’s inaugural SailGP professional circuit will look pretty much identical to the America’s Cup AC50s boats introduced to the sailing world at the 36th Cup in Bermuda in 2016.
Both designs are about the same length and
Chris Draper – CEO of the recently announced Great Britain SailGP Team – says the lure of leading a British team in the new international professional yacht racing league was just too appealing a prospect for him to turn down – despite having had to give up on an idyllic
Many people have tried, including several of those involved in the latest initiative, to deliver a professional and engaging sailboat race circuit. But teams don’t come better qualified than this one and Act 1 in Bermuda was none too shabby. A good time to build on it then.
James Boyd grills
Australian Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winner Tom Slingsby has been announced as skipper of the Australia SailGP Team crew.
Slingsby won gold in the Laser class at the London 2012 Olympic Games and played a key role in Oracle Team USA’s 2013 turnaround victory in the 34th America’s Cup
One week after the league’s historic global launch, SailGP today announced the members of the United States SailGP Team, and revealed details of its two premier U.S. events, set to take place in San Francisco (May) and New York (June) of next year.
The five members of the United States SailGP
New Zealand yachtsman Sir Russell Coutts is a man on a mission. The 56-year old Kiwi sailor – who has won more world championships than he can likely remember, along with an Olympic gold medal and five America’s Cups – is trying to transform professional yacht racing from its current