New York, Thursday 20 June 2019
The New York SailGP event kicked off with the official press conference in the impressive Brookfield Place in the New York financial district in Manhattan. The six skippers lined up with SailGP CEO, Sir Russell Coutts, as the stunning new trophy was unveiled before a crowded media and general public audience. Regarded as the world’s leading trophy maker, Thomas Lyte – which serves as the gold and silversmith to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth – has been responsible for designing and crafting some of the most iconic trophies worldwide, including The FA Cup, the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup and the Ryder Cup.
The teams have had only a few days to get ready for tomorrow’s racing action which promises to be spectacular. The weather today threw up some incredible squalls and rain clouds delivering iconic imagery against the New York skyline. Tomorrow’s forecast is for clearer skies and plenty of wind and so the fans can look forward to seeing the supercharged F50s take on the challenges of racing in the busy Hudson River.
Dylan Fletcher, Great Britain SailGP Team helmsman commented ahead of the New York SailGP racing getting underway,
“New York is an incredible place to race – such an iconic backdrop and nowhere better to appreciate the views than from the water, not that we have had much time for spectating so far! This is going to be an incredibly challenging event for very different reasons to San Francisco. It promises to reward the teams that can sail the boat well and manage the diverse conditions that we are bound to get. Bring on the racing.”
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 June 2019
Local race times 1700 – 1830 hrs (UK times 2200 – 2330 hrs)
Come down to the New York Race Village and watch it live.
For followers and fans back at home, see below how to follow the action: