SailGP returns to Cowes in 2020
SailGP is to return to Cowes in 2020, with the British team aiming to improve on its 2019 performance.
The UK leg of season two will take place on August 14-15 during Cowes Week with the world’s fastest sail racing boats competing on the Solent.
“Our apprenticeship is over now that season one is finished, it’s time to deliver and bring it home for the British fans,” said Great Britain SailGP team CEO Chris Draper. “The turnout last year was unbelievable and something we hadn’t experienced in the sport before, so we can’t wait to unleash the F50s on our home waters and showcase speeds and technology not often associated with the sport.”
It is estimated around 24,000 spectators turned out to witness the Cowes event in 2019 with US$24m contributed to the community.
“Cowes had some of the most exciting action of season one and we can’t wait to see what’s in-store for next season’s event,” said SailGP CEO Russell Coutts. “Cowes is renowned as an iconic sailing venue but also the south coast is a big tourist destination in the summer and we look forward to welcoming both existing and new fans to witness SailGP.”
Strong winds contributed to heartbreak for the British team which had to retire from racing after sustaining damage during a nosedive.
The event takes place in F50 catamarans that are capable of speeds over 50 knots.
Other confirmed events are Sydney, San Francisco and New York.
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