50 days until sailing takes flight in the Solent; the countdown to Cowes SailGP

20 JUNE 2019News
  • Great Britain
  • Cowes SailGP

In just 50 days, SailGP will debut on UK waters when its six supercharged F50s will be among the fastest race boats ever to fly on the Solent.
SailGP will bring awe-inspiring action to Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August, for what will be the penultimate event in the global championship’s inaugural season.

Racing just metres from the shore off Egypt Point, Cowes SailGP will be a heart-stopping spectacle for fans visiting during the first weekend of the world-famous Cowes Week regatta. Following five short-format fleet races throughout the weekend, the top two teams will face off in a match race finale to determine the winner on the Sunday afternoon.

The Great Britain SailGP Team – skippered by rising star Dylan Fletcher and comprising of some of the country’s top sporting talent – are planning to put on a show for the home crowd as they take on rival teams from Australia, China, France, Japan and United States. All six teams will race in identical 50-foot foiling catamarans at speeds capable of breaking sailings elusive 50 knot speed barrier.

“Cowes SailGP is going to be the highlight of our season. Being able to put into practise everything we have learnt from Sydney, San Francisco and New York, and show the home crowd what we can achieve is going to be fantastic. The extra energy that comes from seeing those flags and hearing those cheers makes such a difference and hopefully we can prove that with a podium finish on the day!”

Dylan Fletcher

With an array of ticketing options both on shore and on the water as well as a free-to-access Race Village between Cowes Green and Egypt Point, fans can place themselves in the heart of the action.

Spectators can get prime shore-side views of the racecourse with reserved seats all day in the SailGP Grandstand or upgrade to a privileged ringside position with the Cruise Premier, an all-inclusive premium on-water hospitality option.

Another way to see the action is through one of the official Cowes SailGP charter companies, Marine Events or Solent Events, for a bespoke private charter package. Boat owners can sign up to the SailGP Boater Programme to access designated spectator zones on the racecourse perimeter to enjoy racing from the comfort of their own boat.

Support the home team with Gill Great Britain SailGP fan kit* available to buy in advance online or at the event.
The British team and five rival teams continue in their quest for the $1 million championship prize with New York SailGP this weekend, 21/22 June. Watch live in the UK on BT Sport at 22:00 BST.
Purchase tickets for Cowes SailGP and find out more here.

*20% discount is available on Gill GBR fan kit when you purchase a Grandstand or Cruise Premier ticket.