During the 2013 America’s Cup, organizers were in high pursuit to monetize live spectating, and when that plan included on-the-water front row positioning, the government shut them down from selling public space.
While that effort failed in the USA, looks like Bermuda has different rules as everything is for sale for the SailGP Season 2 opener on the Great Sound to watch the eight international teams begin their battle in identical F50 catamarans for the million dollar season prize.
While the Scuttlebutt team will remain at HQ to watch the racing on April 24-25, official spectator boats are selling tickets for ringside views while boat owners can also pay a fee to get a better view.
“The Great Sound is the perfect venue for SailGP and the ideal venue to start the long-awaited season,” remarked Great Britain SailGP Team skipper Ben Ainslie. “The lineup is one of the greatest ever seen in the sport with every team in the running to win races. We can’t wait to get out there and compete, it will be a real spectacle for the fans, there will be no holding back.”
Sounds excellent, and HQ will be pouring Dark ’n’ Stormys as the team’s whiz across the 55” screen, but for anyone that wants a closer look of racing at 50 knots, the view is for sale in Bermuda. For more information, click here.
SAILGP SEASON 2 SCHEDULE*
April 24-25, 2021 – Bermuda Grand Prix
June 5-6, 2021 – Italy Grand Prix – Taranto
July 17-18, 2021 – Great Britain Grand Prix – Plymouth
August 20-21, 2021 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Grand Prix – Aarhus
September 11-12, 2021 – France Grand Prix – Saint-Tropez
October 9-10, 2021 – Spain Grand Prix – Andalusia
January 29-30, 2022 – New Zealand Grand Prix – Christchurch
March 26-27, 2022 – United States Grand Prix – San Francisco (Season 2 Grand Final)
*Subject to change
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
France, Billy Besson
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
New Zealand, Peter Burling
Spain, Jordi Xammar/ Phil Robertson*
United States, Jimmy Spithill
* Xammar will helm with Season 1 skipper Phil Robertson (NZL) serving in an interim capacity. Details.
Established in 2018, SailGP seeks to be an annual, global sports league featuring fan-centric inshore racing in some of the iconic harbors around the globe. Rival national teams compete in identical F50 catamarans with the season culminating with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race.