Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presents first test of new United States SailGP Team
NEW YORK – April 23, 2021 – Jimmy Spithill and the United States SailGP Team today welcomed Red Bull to their team as they look to take on the world’s best sailors when SailGP Season 2 kicks off this afternoon at the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess.
Seven rival teams with lineups that include prior SailGP champions, multiple-olympic medalists, and America’s Cup winners, will all compete against Spithill and his recently announced team as they race the league’s cutting-edge F50 catamaran – capable of speeds exceeding 60 mph – for the chance to win professional sailing’s largest monetary prize: $1 million.
“SailGP is the most competitive racing championship in our sport. We have the best athletes competing in equally matched boats and it represents one of the most exciting challenges I’ve faced as an athlete,” said Spithill. “Red Bull has given me wings for many years now and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them into our team as we take on the world’s best competitors.”
The partnership effectively brings together a brand synonymous with high-performance teams, people, and events with professional sailing’s premier championship that is redefining the boundaries of the sport.
“Red Bull has an incredible portfolio of athletes and sports properties around the world who push human and technological performance to the limit,” said Spithill. “We’re looking forward to elevating the adrenaline-fueled reputation of SailGP even further.”
Looking towards the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix, Spithill confirmed he’s counting the hours until the first race start of SailGP Season 2.
“Based on the training we’ve done, the design enhancements made to the F50 have produced an impressive racing platform that pushes the performance envelope and demands total commitment and precision from the athletes,” said Spithill. “I can only imagine what it will be like to lineup against seven equally tuned F50s as we fight for the lead today.”
Yesterday, it was announced that SailGP race management had decided to push forward the official first day of racing – initially scheduled for Saturday – to now take place this afternoon due to unfavorable weather forecasts. As a result, due to broadcast commitments, today’s racing will be pre-recorded and released as originally scheduled on Saturday at 1:00pm EDT.
The Bermuda Sail Grand Prix will be broadcasted in the United States on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, April 24 at 6:00pm EDT (delayed) and Sunday, April 25 at 1:00pm EDT (live) with highlights airing on CBS on Sunday, May 2 at 1:00pm EDT. Free live streams of the racing will be available on the SailGP APP and SailGP Facebook and YouTube channels.
All of the racing from SailGP Season 2 will also be broadcasted live in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on Servus TV. Full broadcast details and additional ways to watch are available at SailGP.com/watch.