SailGP’s expanded season two kicks off in Bermuda in April and will include seven new venues across five countries.
In addition to Bermuda (24 – 25 April) and previously announced new host cities Taranto (5 – 6 June), Plymouth (17 – 18 July), Aarhus (20 – 21 August), Saint-Tropez (11 – 12 September) and Cadiz (9 – 10 October), SailGP will also make its first visit to Christchurch for New Zealand’s maiden grand prix on 29 – 30 January, 2022. The season will culminate with the Grand Final in San Francisco on 26 – 27 March, 2022, when the champion will be determined in a single $1 million winner-takes-all final.
SailGP’s second season will feature Tom Slingsby’s reigning champion Australian team, along with crews from Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States. Denmark and Spain will be embarking on their first full SailGP seasons after the 2020 campaign was suspended, while New Zealand will be making its debut led by Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. In addition, Sir Ben Ainslie will be racing his first full season, while Jimmy Spithill will be piloting a new-look American team for the first time.
SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “We will have the world’s best sailors lining up in equally matched boats for what is shaping up to be some of the sport’s most competitive racing yet. I cannot think of a better way for SailGP to re-emerge, and I believe our fans will be taking notice not only of our thrilling racing, but of the new standards we will be setting in running our events in a sustainable and inclusive way.”