SailGP Season 2 will kick off in April 2021 featuring an expanded calendar, building on the global footprint of Season 1 that attracted a worldwide audience of 1.8 billion.
The opening events are set for the island of Bermuda and the southern Italian city of Taranto. From there the league will stay in Europe with events in Great Britain mid-July, Denmark in August and France in September with the final event of the European leg set for Cádiz in Andalusia, Spain, in October. SailGP will also make its first visit to Christchurch for New Zealand’s maiden Grand Prix on January 29-30, 2022. The season will culminate with the Grand Final in San Francisco on March 26-27, 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 league debut led by Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. In addition, Sir Ben Ainslie will be racing his first full season at the helm of the British entry, while Jimmy Spithill will be piloting a new-look U.S. team for the first time.
Initially scheduled for 2020, SailGP Season 2 events were postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of Sydney SailGP 2020, which was held before the season’s suspension and won by four-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain SailGP Team, are null and void.
Bermuda is the ultimate island destination and has been largely shielded from the pandemic. Due to its successful health and safety measures, Bermuda is an ideal venue to restart SailGP’s global racing championship and host pre-season training. The Bermuda Tourism Authority will serve as Official Host Partner of the league’s first-ever Bermudian event, while the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club will serve as Title Partner for the kick-off event. SailGP will work closely with Bermuda on the common goal of diverse and meaningful social impact with clear engagement points across the community, including through SailGP Inspire. As an island territory, Bermuda’s sailing legacy is integral to its 400-year-old history; the seafaring nation invented the iconic Bermuda Rig, which is still used in sailing yachts today.Learn More
Taranto in southern Italy will host the first-ever Italy Grand Prix and will be the first stop of SailGP Season 2’s European leg. The ‘City of Two Seas’ is situated between two bodies of water – the Big Sea and Little Sea – and the unique natural harbor will provide the perfect setting for the adrenaline-filled racing, in front of a backdrop that marries the old and new of Southern Italy. SailGP will join the list of international sporting events hosted by Taranto. In October 2020, Taranto was a stop on the prestigious Giro d'Italia – one of cycling's three Grand Tours – and in 2026, will welcome 26 countries to compete in the XX Mediterranean Games.Learn More
Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth was selected to host SailGP’s Season 2 UK grand prix after a bid process involving five other cities. Famed for its rich maritime history and planned home of the UK’s first national marine park, Plymouth is located in the historic county of Devon, on the southwest coast of England. The adrenaline-filled racing between competing nations will take place on Plymouth Sound in partnership with Plymouth City Council, with support from Associated British Ports, English Cities Fund and Sutton Harbour Group. Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, will undoubtedly give the home crowd something to cheer about at the British event.Learn More
The Danish city of Aarhus will host the fourth event in the global championship’s second season. The grand prix event will mark the league’s first visit to Scandinavia plus the first opportunity for helmsman Nicolai Sehested and the Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL to race on home waters following the inauguration of the team in late 2019. Racing will take place in Aarhus Ø, the city’s new vibrant waterfront district, with racing on the surrounding bay.Learn More
With a long tradition of hosting prestigious sailing events, Saint-Tropez will provide a spectacular venue on the French Riviera. The Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez – one of the oldest nautical sports societies dating back to 1862 – will serve as Technical Partner of the France Grand Prix. The society organizes prominent events that include the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. One of the most famous resorts in Europe, the stunning Gulf of Saint-Tropez will be the site of the high-speed racing, in front of the walls of the city and its famous, world renowned yellow and pink bell tower.Learn More
Following a competitive bid process that included five Spanish cities, Cadiz in southwest Spain will host the first-ever Spain Grand Prix. With support from the Andalusia Tourist Office, the local government of the Province of Cádiz, the city council of Cádiz and port authority of the Bay of Cádiz, the event will be integrated into the very heart of the city. The event will coincide with National Spanish Day on October 12, ensuring a weekend of celebrations for the city. The Spain Grand Prix will also form part of the commemorative events calendar marking the first circumnavigation of the globe – an expedition that departed Andalusia in 1519 and arrived back in Seville in 1522.Learn More
Following a competitive bid process, Ōtautahi Christchurch – the largest city in the South Island – was selected to host the New Zealand Grand Prix. The seventh SailGP event in the calendar will take place in the spectacular Lyttelton Harbour, which is located on the side of an extinct volcano on the east coast of New Zealand and under the guardianship of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, the local Māori community.Learn More
The iconic city of San Francisco will host the Grand Final, when the champion will be determined in a single $1 million winner-takes-all final. San Francisco Bay – widely regarded as one of the world’s top sailing venues due to its consistently strong sea breezes – will welcome SailGP back to the Marina neighborhood on the northern edge of the city, with the shoreline acting as the racecourse boundary for the intensely thrilling action.Learn More