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SailGP to Debut in San Francisco Bay

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Next month, SailGP will make its U.S. debut on the waters of San Francisco Bay, offering the next generation of high-adrenaline sailing. Teams representing the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan will battle on the Bay during the May 4 and 5 grand prix, as spectators take in the action from spectacular on-water and shoreside vantage points, allowing them to get closer to the action than ever before.

Established by Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts, SailGP features the fastest on-water racing in the world. Having commenced its inaugural season just six weeks ago, SailGP offers a fan-centric experience that showcases the incredible athleticism and precision of some of the world’s top high-performance sailors. Leveling the playing field, each team will race in identical wingsailed F50s – the most technologically advanced catamaran in existence – that have been designed exclusively for SailGP competition.

What’s at Stake

San Francisco Bay is known for its strong sea breezes and tidal flows, and will present exciting challenges to each of the six national teams. Each elite sailor will be pushed to the limit as teams attempt to break sailing’s elusive 50 knot (60 mph) barrier for the first time in a race environment. Competing in a total of five short-format fleet races over the two-day period, the top two teams will face off in a match race finale on Sunday, May 5 to determine the San Francisco SailGP champion.

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