NEW YORK – April 23, 2019 – SailGP, a revolutionary new global sports championship, today launched ticket sales for its highly anticipated New York event, which will take place on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. As SailGP brings its signature style of racing – including barrier-breaking speeds, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism to New York – fans can take in the unforgettable action from premium locations on the Hudson River, through ticket partnerships with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and Classic Harbor Line. Tickets are now on sale at SailGP.com/NewYork.
On June 21 and 22, New York SailGP will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Hudson River, just off the Battery and north toward Rockefeller Park. National teams representing six countries – the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan – will go head-to-head in identical 50-foot foiling catamarans in an electrifying battle on the Hudson River, with Ellis Island and New York City’s iconic skyline serving as a stunning backdrop. Three races with all six boats will take place on Friday, June 21 and two on Saturday, June 22. Following the second fleet race on Saturday, the top two teams will face off in a match race finale to determine the overall event winner.
New York SailGP will be the third of five events happening throughout the inaugural year of the global championship. Each of this year’s events feature all teams racing on identical 50-foot foiling catamarans, known as the F50 – the world’s fastest, most technologically advanced race boats. This revolutionary race boat is unlike any other of its kind and is the culmination of 10 years of development in high-performance, foiling, multihull racing. Powered by a 78-foot tall wingsail, the F50s fly above the water on hydrofoils and are capable of breaking sailing’s elusive 50-knot speed (60 mph) barrier.
“We can’t wait to bring SailGP to New York, especially with our new branding that features Lady Liberty,” said United States SailGP helmsman Rome Kirby. “The Hudson River is notorious for the changing wind shifts through the Manhattan skyscrapers, strong currents and tidal flow, factors that will definitely be a challenge. It will be great to be the home team and have the crowd support as we take on five other nations."
Fans can choose between three ticketed options for the ultimate on-water race day experience. In partnership with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and Classic Harbor Line, fans can share the Hudson with the world’s best sailors and get front row views of the supercharged catamarans as they fly by at record-breaking speeds. Guests onboard the official spectator boats – The Liberty, Hudson’s and Manhattan II – will get spectacular views from privileged positions on the racecourse, guaranteeing the closest viewing of the adrenaline-filled action.
Additionally, fans can take in the racing excitement on-shore from the New York SailGP Race Village, located on the North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place. A free-to-the-public event, this will be the hub for all activity over the race period, offering access to big screens showing live race coverage and commentary, concessions, the official merchandise shop, entertainment (including the awards ceremony and athlete appearances) and other activities.
Fans can also register here to receive exclusive updates on unique experiences available for the event and all the race details. SailGP also offers a complimentary boater registration program for fans wishing to watch the action from the comfort of their own boat in spectator zones on the race course perimeter. Registrants will receive important race management information, schedules and the latest race maps, as well as a commemorative New York SailGP boat flag.
SailGP Season 1 kicked off in Sydney in February, with the Australia SailGP Team coming out on top as the event winner on home waters. The season’s second event will take place in San Francisco in May (4-5) before moving on to New York, followed by Cowes, United Kingdom, in August (10-11) and the Marseille, France, finale in September (20-22), which will feature a winner-takes-all, $1 million championship match race between the season’s top two teams to conclude three days of racing.