Crescendo is coming for SailGP Season 2 >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

SailGP Season 2 concludes with the Grand Finals on March 26-27 in San Francisco, California. After seven international events, cumulative points among the eight teams will determine the top three with a chance to compete in the final $1 million race.

The home side were the first to hit the bay, with Jimmy Spithill returning for the first time to the scene of his incredible America’s Cup comeback in 2013. With their place in the championship final guaranteed, Spithill and his Team USA wasted no time in familiarizing themselves with the F50 race boat and the conditions.

“There’s a lot of history here and the San Francisco Bay area is truly one of the best racing locations in the world, so it was nice to finally get into the F50,” Spithill said. “It’s just great to see how much interest there has been, it’s going to be a massive event in front of our audience and I’m really looking forward to it. We’re the underdogs, but that’s not a bad thing in San Francisco.

Season leaders and defending champions Australia are also assured of a place in the final, led by Tom Slingsby, who also had a taste of the venue.

“We had a great session, our boat handling was good and we were practicing some moves for this weekend,” Slingsby noted. “Team USA looked strong but we were definitely in the game, so that bodes well for the Grand Final.”

The final place in the championship race is undecided although Nathan Outteridge’s Japanese team are the first to take last place.

With races taking place between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz at 2:00 p.m. PT, five races will be contested on March 26-27, before the deciding final race of the season where the season champion will be crowned and take home the million purse. of dollars.

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SailGP season championship (after 7 events)
1. Australia, 55 points
2. United States, 53 points
3. Japan, 51 points
4. Spain, 43 points
5. New Zealand, 42 points
6. Great Britain, 41 points
7. Denmark, 38 points
8. France, 35 points

Format of SailGP events:
• The teams compete on identical F50 catamarans.
• Each event takes place over two days.
• There are three races each day, totaling six races at each event.
• The first five fleet races involve all teams.
• The race score gives 8 points for the first, 7 points for the second, etc.
• The final race of each event opposes the three best ranked teams to be crowned champions of the event.
• The season concludes with the Grand Finals, which includes the final championship race for the top three teams in the season standings for a one-game race where the winner takes it all for the $1 million prize.

Calendar SailGP Season 2*
April 24-25, 2021 – Bermuda Grand Prix
June 5-6, 2021 – Italian Grand Prix – Taranto
July 17-18, 2021 – British Grand Prix – Plymouth
August 20-21, 2021 – ROCKWOOL Danish Grand Prix – Aarhus
September 11-12, 2021 – French Grand Prix – Saint-Tropez
October 9-10, 2021 – Spanish Grand Prix – Andalusia
December 17-18, 2021 – Australian Grand Prix – Sydney
January 29-30, 2022 – New Zealand Grand Prix – Christchurch (CANCELED)
March 26-27, 2022 – United States Grand Prix – San Francisco (Season 2 Grand Final)
*Subject to change

2021-22 teams, bar
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolaï Sehested
France Quentin Delapierre
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie (alternate – Paul Goodison)
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
New Zealand, Peter Burling (alternate – Arnaud Psarofaghis)
Spain, Jordi Xammar (alternate – Phil Robertson)
United States, Jimmy Spithill

Founded in 2018, SailGP seeks to be an annual global sports league featuring fan-centric inshore racing in some of the world’s iconic ports. Rival national teams battle it out in identical F50 catamarans, with the season culminating in a million-dollar win-win race.

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