Global championship to put on thrilling showcase in Manhattan, June 12-13
NEW YORK – March 12, 2020 – Fans can now secure their tickets to see the world’s fastest sail racing in New York when SailGP returns to Brookfield Place in Battery Park City on June 12-13. The global championship’s seven national teams will face off for the third time in Season 2 in front of a city as diverse and towering as the world-class athletes that fill out their rosters.
The action returns to the Hudson River on Friday and Saturday between two iconic New York attractions – the Statue of the Liberty to the south and the towering Manhattan skyline across the river. It will mark the final SailGP event prior to the 2020 Olympic Games, where seven SailGP athletes are already qualified to compete.
Fans can purchase tickets – offered at a 10 percent discount through April 8 – via Ticketmaster to witness action-packed fleet races before a match race finale between the two top teams determines the winner of New York SailGP. The on-water tickets deliver an elevated viewing experience right next to the supercharged F50 catamarans as they fly through the racecourse, and are available starting at $70 during the early bird window.
Rome Kirby’s U.S. SailGP Team won its first race in the global championship in New York last year, and will look to again capitalize with the home-water advantage.
Kirby (Newport, Rhode Island) said: “Our team is incredibly proud to have Lady Liberty on our wingsail and it's amazing to compete in front of our home fans, with the Statue of Liberty looking on in the background. The Manhattan skyline is an awesome backdrop and definitely made for some thrilling racing last year. This is something you won’t want to miss.”
Following the event, U.S. flight controller Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, California) will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo, representing the U.S. Olympic Team in the Nacra 17 class.
The 2019 New York SailGP was memorable for athletes and fans alike, as unpredictable conditions proved too much for the British team, which suffered the first capsize in the global championship. The event attracted a global audience exceeding 344 million people worldwide.
After New York, the global championship heads to Cowes (UK) for the first European event of the season followed by its debut in Denmark at the ROCKWOOL Copenhagen SailGP.
On-water tickets offer fans front row seats for the sport’s fastest and most thrilling competition. The spectator boats will be situated within the racecourse perimeter, positioned between the Statue of Liberty and the southern tip of Manhattan.
In addition to the Go ticket available both days, Premium tickets will be available for the event final on Saturday in conjunction with Hornblower Cruises for fans looking to enjoy an unmatched spectator experience. Guests will have access to a premium open bar and gourmet food, as well as live race coverage on multiple screens throughout the vessel. An onboard commentator and chalk talk with sailing legends will further enhance the final day of action that will see one of the seven teams crowned the champion of New York SailGP. Premium tickets start at $266 during early bird pricing though April 8.
Go tickets are offered in partnership with Circle Line Cruises. Guests will have access to a hosted bar featuring beer, wine and soft drinks, as well as a selection of snacks. Additionally, there will be an onboard commentator to detail all of the action taking place as the world’s fastest sail race boats battle on the Hudson. With early bird pricing, single-day Go tickets start at $70 and a two-day package is available for $119.
All tickets are available for purchase at SailGP.com/NewYork.