Bermuda and Italy were selected to host the first SailGP event of the second season
by SailGP Nov 23 3:20 AM PST
24-25 April & 5-6 June 2021
Bermuda and Italy were selected to host the first SailGP event of the second season © SailGP
SailGP today announced updated schedules for the first half of the second season, with opening events now set for the island of Bermuda and the city of Taranto in southern Italy.
April 24-25, 2021, the Bermuda Grand Prix presented by the Hamilton Princess will set the stage for an expanded season that is planned to feature nine events. Following the opening, the first Italian Grand Prix will be held on June 5-6 in Taranto.
Although San Francisco and New York were initially set to host the first event after the SailGP Season 2 postponement due to COVID-19, the league changed its schedule to ensure greater certainty and reduce travel earlier in the year. United States Grand Prix | San Francisco will now serve as the SailGP Season 2 Grand Final, and is slated to take place in April 2022.
More than 1,000 km / 640 miles off the US East Coast, Bermuda is not only the main island destination, but has been largely protected from the pandemic. Due to its successful health and safety measures, Bermuda is the ideal place to restart the global SailGP racing championship and host pre-season training.
Once the league restarts in Bermuda, SailGP will move on to Europe – where four of its eight national teams are headquartered – for a series of five grand prix events starting in Taranto. Italy has long been one of the world’s best sailing destinations, and the southern coastal city is welcoming the world’s best sailors for the first time.
As previously announced, the British Grand Prix | Plymouth will then take place on July 17-18, followed by the ROCKWOOL Denmark Grand Prix | Aarhus on August 20-21. Two additional European host cities will be announced with season schedules remaining in early December.
SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “After our successful opening season in 2019, cities have taken notice of SailGP, recognizing the economic potential and international exposure that comes with hosting our global events, as well as the community impact of our Race for the Future agenda. driven by purpose. We are pleased that our portfolio of partners where we have grown to include events in Bermuda and Italy. Both venues should provide excellent conditions for both high speed and close to shore racing. This new schedule allows us to plan our first event at 2021 with more confidence while keeping the US show at the end of the season. ”
The Bermuda Tourism Authority will serve as the Official Host Partner of the league’s first Bermudian event and, through SailGP, will highlight Bermuda as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel as well as tourism investment.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club will serve as Title Partner for the kick-off event. A Fairmont run hotel, the Hamilton Princess is Bermuda’s most famous and iconic hotel situated on the shores of Hamilton Harbor. The West End Development Corporation (WEDCO) is the Official Venue Partner of the Bermuda Grand Prix presented by the Hamilton Princess, while the event has the support of three additional partners: insurance company BF&M, global reinsurance company RenaissanceRe and leading independent offshore bank and trust company Butterfield Group.
SailGP will also work with Bermuda on a common goal of diverse and meaningful social impacts with clear points of engagement throughout the community, including through SailGP Inspire.
As an island region, Bermuda’s sailing heritage is an integral part of its 400 year history; seafaring nation discovered the iconic Bermuda Rig, which is still used on sailing cruises today. Bermuda hosted the 35th Copa America in 2017, providing a spectacular playing field for the competition that first featured a thwarting catamaran that evolved into the F50 used for SailGP.
Glenn Jones, interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority said: “Bermuda is open, safe and welcoming to travelers seeking a truly extraordinary experience. Holidays to Bermuda provide warm weather, cultural exploration and exciting sporting events throughout the year. Bermuda is extraordinarily proud to have been selected to host the prestigious 2021 season opening event for SailGP, which is fast emerging as the pinnacle of professional sailing. The island’s extraordinary sailing heritage, cultural diversity and global affinity are on full display. The upcoming spring events play an important role in the recovery of our tourism; it is also the ideal season for superyachts to come and rent here, enjoying the spectacular views with front row seats for this dynamic over water event. Last month, the island was hosted Bermuda’s 70th Gold Cup and World Championship Racing Match The 2020 Open, together with the Bermuda golf championship, will be the first PGA TOUR event to welcome live audiences since March. ”
Taranto in Southern Italy will host the first Italian Grand Prix and will be the second stop of SailGP Season 2. The ‘City of Two Seas’ is situated between two bodies of water – the Big Sea and the Small Sea – and the harbor’s unique nature will provide the perfect setting. for an adrenaline-pumping race, against a backdrop that brings together old and new Southern Italy.
SailGP will join the list of international sporting events organized by Taranto. Most recently, in October 2020, Taranto made a stop at the prestigious Giro d’Italia – one of three cycling Grand Tours – and in 2026, will welcome 26 countries to compete in the XX Mediterranean Games.
Taranto Mayor Rinaldo Melucci said: “With 28 centuries of history in the heart of the Mediterranean, Taranto is proud to host teams and guests from around the world for SailGP in 2021. This will be the first stop of the competition in Europe, at the start of our Italian summer. legendary. Founded as a Spartan colony, the city is emblematic of the prosperous Italian art of life and home to one of the largest ports in southern Europe. Its waters will also host contests at the XX Mediterranean Games. Today, Taranto is at the forefront of the deal. new to eco-friendly Italy, and is undergoing a major transition in terms of innovation and resilience. Many people may not be familiar with this corner of Italy, but the light, taste and splendor of the beautiful Taranto is something you want to cherish forever. You are all very welcome. ”
Pre Season Training
Prior to the start of the season, eight SailGP national teams – Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States – will use the stunning blue waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound to hone their skills during the pre-season training ground. And, for the first time ever, female athletes will be included in training as part of the SailGP gender equality initiative.
In its inaugural season, SailGP attracted a global broadcast audience of over 256 million and an average economic impact of US $ 23 million per venue, increasing local hotels, restaurants and businesses.
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