Hoping to break competitive yacht racing’s elusive “sound barrier” of 60 mph, sailing teams representing six countries will race their high-tech, data-enriched F50 catamarans on San Francisco Bay starting May 4 in the second round of the innovative new SailGP championship.
SailGP is a very different kind of sailing event from the hallowed America’s Cup. For starters, all of the SailGP teams’ catamarans are designed and engineered to be identical, so teams win based on their tactics and grit, not from a technology advantage.
The Australian team, with former world champion yachtsman Tom Slingsby at the helm, comes to San Francisco leading that global competition, with 48 points, after winning four of the five six-team races (as well as the match race final) during the Sydney leg in February. The Japanese team is in second place (45 points), followed by Great Britain (36 points), China (33), France (33), and the US (31).
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