Victoria shortlisted to host next sailing Grand Prix
With the capital of British Columbia bordered by water, it’s no surprise that the city is in the running to host an upcoming Sail Grand Prix (SailGP) competition.
SailGP calls it “the most existing race on the water” and says the 2023/24 event, which is expected to attract visitors from around the world, could be held in any of four Canadian cities, including the coast. of Victoria.
“It would also generate significant economic impact, enliven the sailing community and produce international media coverage that would establish the host city as an iconic waterfront destination…” SailGP said.
Following a competitive national bidding process with interest from over ten potential cities, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Kingston, Ontario; and Montreal, Quebec are also shortlisted to host the fourth season of SailGP.
“It is a great testament to the impressive growth of our championship to see so much interest from coast to coast to host the inaugural Sailing Grand Prix of Canada,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. .
Coutts finds Canada has “a passion for high performance sport” and says that at last weekend’s United States Grand Prix sailing in Chicago, support went to the Canadian team, which includes Victoria’s Jareese Finch.
According to SailGP, the host city selection process will end at the end of October to give the winning venue enough time to prepare for the event.
“Our vision is to create a catalyst for the growth and accessibility of the sport of sailing in Canada,” added Fred Pye, Founder of the Canada SailGP Team.
“Bringing a SailGP event to Canada for the first time, on local waters, would be an amazing experience for Canadian fans and our athletes.”