LONDON - April 20, 2021 - With the highly anticipated SailGP Season opener less than a week away, the global championship has announced comprehensive broadcast coverage, with viewers in 175 territories globally able to watch the sports pinnacle league, which promises high-speeds, high-tech and high-drama in its second season.
Broadcasting of the event will feature the most immersive, multi-platform experience the sport has seen through its international broadcast feed with new innovative and data-driven enhancements to significantly expand on the exciting content. New features include improved LiveLine-Fx 3D boundaries and augmented graphics, explainers for those new to the sport and enhanced on-board audio and camera feeds. Real-time data analysis and team comparisons will be provided through SailGP Insights powered by Oracle. The broadcast will be coordinated through SailGP’s innovative and award-winning remote production hub in Ealing, London, providing a remote production solution that reduces SailGP’s carbon footprint, making a significant contribution towards SailGP being the first carbon positive sports and entertainment property and supporting the global league’s #RaceforfheFuture goal to accelerate the transition to clean energy.
This season, fans will watch the ultimate line-up of the world’s best sailors including Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR), Tom Slingsby (AUS), Jimmy Spithill (USA), Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) and Nathan Outteridge (JPN). They will battle it out on equal boats for the ultimate bragging rights and the sport’s largest monetary prize of US$1 million. All the excitement and action will be brought to life with a new presenting line-up. Aly Vance, a former pentathlete and versatile sports broadcaster, joins as on-water reporter for Season 2, in the commentating booth is prominent US sports announcer Todd Harris along with World Champion sailor Steve Morrison, with data insights and analysis provided by America’s Cup sailor David ‘Freddie’ Carr.
Alongside the broadcast, is the award-winning SailGP App with live feeds, fully customizable camera angles, the ability to switch focus onto the teams fans want and all the data they could need at their fingertips. Fans can even switch-off spoilers for when SailGP heads to different time zones.
In an effort to present the thrilling action of Season 2 to an expanded global audience, SailGP has announced broadcast partners in key territories, including:
Racing fans in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia regions are able to follow live racing on SuperSport, FLOW Sports and Fox Sports Asia respectively. Jiangsu Broadcast Corporation Sports Channel, Fuijan Media Group Sports Channel, Zhibo TV, Tencent, iQIYI will all have coverage available to fans across China. Coverage of SailGP will also be available through partners in Russia (MatchTV), Portugal (Sport TV), Malta (Go), Belgium (VOO Sport World), Sweden & Finland (Cmore Sport), Brazil (Band Sports), Central and South America (ESPN Latin America), Turkey (TRT) and Israel (Charlton).
Find full details on viewing options in your country here.
SailGP will be available in-flight on Sport 24 and the broadcast will be streamed live on SailGP YouTube and Facebook pages where rights restrictions allow.
SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “The success of our broadcast partnerships relies upon the distribution of a premium product that appeals to a wide range of people so we have been working hard this past year to look at new ways that we can deliver our adrenaline-fueled championship around the globe and create a better and even more innovative viewing platform through technology and innovation. We are delighted that SailGP will be broadcast in 175 territories globally this season - 30 more than last season - and with such a wide array of broadcast partnerships it truly highlights the appeal of SailGP and the eagerness to showcase these intense rivalries and cutting-edge boats to sailing fans and newcomers to the sport worldwide.”
SailGP media rights distribution for 2021 was handled by IMG.