SailGP is proud to reveal the trophy for the first-ever Impact League winner and SailGP’s second podium - the podium for the planet.
The trophy will be presented to the winning team at the season finale in San Francisco, March 27 – alongside the Season Champion –marking a historic moment in sport - the first time athletes will be rewarded for their environmental and social actions as well as sporting success. The trophy will be presented with a winner’s prize of $100k for the team’s Race for the Future partner, who has worked alongside them since the launch of the Impact League in July 2021. Second and third places will receive $35k and $10k respectively.
Made from recycled carbon fiber, including old F50 parts, the trophy has a globe delicately balanced on top of a radically deconstructed form of the championship trophy. It is a powerful statement of intent: to challenge the status quo, reflect the fragility of the earth and stand proudly as the Podium for the Planet.
SailGP is committed to a better sport and a better planet. The Impact League embeds the two aims in the fabric of the competition and the trophy is designed to reflect these entwined goals and ultimate prize of a better world.
The trophy has been crafted by carbon artist Alastair Gibson with recycled F50 carbon fiber, which was repurposed by Gen 2 Carbon, and anodized aluminum. It stands at 75cm tall and weighs 11.8kg.
SailGP Director of Purpose and Impact, Fiona Morgan said: “This is a truly remarkable moment for sport – and one I hope to see many more times. This shows sustainability and positive social actions at the very heart of sport. Athletes have competed, collaborated and innovated throughout the season, helping to make sport and our planet a better place. The Impact League trophy is a testament to the power of sport and our race for the future. I can’t wait to present this to the first winners.”
The Impact League is a new initiative for Season 2, which sees teams compete and be held accountable across ten key sustainability criteria, ranging from pioneering new technologies focusing on clean energy solutions and removing all single-use plastics, to diversity and inclusion and using the team's voice for good. It is externally audited and teams are awarded points at each event and tallied on the second leaderboard.