SailGP Heading to Cowes This Weekend

On the 10thand 11thAugust Sail GP, the fastest sail racing in the world will serve as the opening feature of the iconic Cowes Week regatta as it makes its debut on European waters.

SailGP is an intense, season long battle between rival teams in identical, high tech flying F50 catamarans, with teams competing for a $1 million end-of-season prize. With the competition wide open and two events still remaining, Cowes SailGP is an important milestone for the competing countries: Great Britain, Australia, China, France, Japan and the United States. 

SailGP. Photo: Dylan Fletcher

The Great Britain SailGP team, helmed by Olympian Dylan Fletcher, will be racing in front of a home crowd for the first time.Cowes SailGP is going to be epic,” says Fletcher, “To race for our country in front of a home crowd – what more could we ask for? Except to top the podium – that is what we really want, and we will be fighting hard for every place on the racecourse to get it.”

It’s been a fantastic summer for British sport so far with England winning the recent cricket World Cup on home turf, England on the podium in the netball World Cup and Lewis Hamilton winning the British Formula 1 – to name just a few. The British team are now hoping they can continue these success stories by edging closer to the Japan and Australia teams who are currently first and second respectively on the overall SailGP leaderboard.

Cheering spectators wave the national flags of the competing nations in the Fan Experience area along the water front in the Race Village. Event 2 Season 1 SailGP event in San Francisco, California, United States. 05 May 2019. Photo: Pete Dasilva for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP

With numerous free and ticketed spectator options available, the crowds are expected to come out in force to cheer on the red, white and blue home team. Fans can show their support by coming down to the free SailGP Race Village in Cowes on 10th-11th August to catch all the action. Located between the end of the Cowes Green up to Egypt Point, activity will begin at 11:30am daily with the races taking place just off Egypt Point from 3pm – 4:30pm.

SailGP also offers a complimentary boater registration programme for fans wishing to watch the action from the comfort of their own boat. Registrants will receive important race management information as well as a commemorative Cowes SailGP boat flag.

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