Global sail-racing league SailGP and CANAL+ have extended their partnership for the next 5 seasons. CANAL+, which has been broadcasting SailGP since the championship's inception, has renewed its exclusive broadcasting rights. This is great news for fans of sailing and motor sports, and goes hand in hand with the rapid growth of SailGP, which after just three seasons has established itself as one of the fastest growing and most exciting sports properties in the world.

The renewal of CANAL+’s broadcasting rights confirms the quality of the television spectacle offered by SailGP. The fine progress made by Quentin Delapierre’s France SailGP Team in Season 3 and the success of the France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez contributed to the overall increase in the SailGP audience worldwide, with 117 million viewers for Season 3, i.e. 183% more than for Season 2.

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The CANAL+ channels will be broadcasting all 12 Sail Grand Prixes in Season 4, resulting in three hours of live coverage over two days of each grand prix weekend. Season 4 kicks off on 16 and 17 June in Chicago at Navy Pier. Saint-Tropez will host the first Sail Grand Prix of the SailGP Season 4 European tour. Come and cheer on Les Bleus at the France Sail Grand Prix on 9 and 10 September.

Thomas Sénécal, Director of Sports, CANAL+ Group: "We are delighted to be extending the SailGP adventure on the Canal+ Group channels. These events offer our subscribers a thrilling experience: spectacular, tactical and full of twists and turns, they are a perfect match for other competitions that we broadcast. SailGP’s catamarans are fascinating machines, and team spirit is vital to shine, as France SailGP Team recently showed. For all these reasons, we're proud to be able to offer this fantastic show on our channels for the next five years."

Tom Gracey, Global Head of Broadcast and Media Partnerships in SailGP: “It’s fantastic news for SailGP to be able to extend its relationship with Canal+ for the next five seasons. Canal+ has been with us since the start of SailGP and we’re proud of how the existing partnership has developed. It’s a real show of faith to have a partner like Canal+ renew the relationship for this period of time.

The French market is hugely important to SailGP, with an event in Saint-Tropez and the ever-improving France SailGP Team led by Delapierre. Canal+ is the perfect partner for SailGP with its industry-leading portfolio of sports programming, so this extension will only help as we continue to bring adrenaline-fueled racing to new and existing French fans.