On 10th and 11th August, SailGP will serve as the opening feature of the iconic Cowes Week regatta here on the Isle of Wight. Teams made up of some of the finest athletes from Great Britain, Australia, China, France, Japan and the United States will compete in the penultimate event of the inaugural 2019 season.
Established at the end of last year by Sir Russell Coutts and Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison, SailGP is an intense, season-long battle between rival teams in identical, high tech flying boats, not only competing to hit sailing’s elusive 50-knot speed barrier, but also for a $1 million end of season prize.
With the competition still wide open and 2 events remaining, Cowes SailGP is an important milestone for the competing countries. Not least for the Great Britain SailGP Team, helmed by Olympian Dylan Fletcher, who will be looking for redemption after capsizing in New York last month. For the British, it will be the first time sailing in front of a home crowd and they will no doubt be seeking a race victory.
The new global league, designed as the ultimate spectator experience, places fans closer to the action than ever before. With just 1 month to go, a variety of tickets for Cowes SailGP can still be purchased, both in the onshore grandstand in the heart of the Cowes SailGP Race Village and on-water, on the race course perimetre.
Coutts, CEO of SailGP, says:
“We are very excited to bring SailGP to the UK for the first time. Cowes is considered the home of UK sailing so where better to showcase the speed, technology and athleticism involved in SailGP.
“There are a number of teams capable of winning races and events – and the pressure will be on for the Great Britain team. Many of the Brits are based on the South Coast, and I know how hungry they are for victory in front of a home crowd.”
The Cowes SailGP Race Village will run along the seafront from the end of the Cowes Green up to Egypt Point, and will be free for the public to enjoy. With the races taking place just off Egypt Point from 15:00-16:30 each day, activity will begin in the Race Village at 11:30 a.m. and will provide an unbeatable focal point for watching the action with big screens, live commentary, exhibits and much more.
On Friday 9th August, fans can access the Race Village from 10 a.m. to watch the inaugural King’s Cup – a major sailing event hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in support of their charitable causes. The F50s will take to the Solent in the afternoon for the official SailGP practise racing from 15:00-16:30.
For more information and tickets visit www.sailgp.com/cowes.