SailGP announces first event in Asia
The first Singapore Sail Grand Prix has been added to an expanded Season 3 circuit.
SailGP has added Singapore to its Season 3 calendar as the city-state plays host to Asia’s first Sail Grand Prix from January 14-15, 2023. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the Singapore Sail Grand Prix will be the eighth event of Season 3 and feature 10 hydrofoiling F50 catamarans racing off Parkland Green in East Coast Park.
Singapore has signed a three-year contract and increases the confirmed Season 3 events to 10, making it the biggest SailGP season to date.
Season 3 starts with the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix from May 14-15 and will also visit Chicago (US), Plymouth (UK), Copenhagen (Denmark), Saint-Tropez (France), Cádiz (Spain), Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Christchurch (New Zealand) and San Francisco (US), which will host the final in May 2023. One further event in 2023 is expected to be announced.
Sir Russell Coutts, CEO SailGP, said: “From our inception, we have made it clear that our ambition is to be a truly global championship, with some of the world’s most iconic waterfront cities as our backdrop. With the confirmation of our first Asian Grand Prix, the addition of Singapore to the line-up and Season 3 now spanning four continents, our vision is becoming a reality.
“We have also found in the Singapore Tourism Board a like-minded partner who shares our commitment to a future powered by nature and recognises the elite standard of sporting excellence demonstrated by the championship. We are excited to work together over the next three years and showcase SailGP and highlight Singapore as an iconic destination.”
Teams representing Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and US return for Season 3, while Canada and Switzerland are new additions. Teams in Singapore will race for two podiums as the Impact League returns for Season 3, tracking the positive actions teams make in terms of sustainability and inclusivity.
As part of SailGP’s Better Sport Strategy, the Singapore Sail Grand Prix will also include female athletes as part of the league’s Women’s Pathway Program and introduce the sport to young people from diverse backgrounds through SailGP Inspire, its youth and community outreach programme.
Keith Tan, Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We are excited to welcome the participants and fans of the first Sail Grand Prix in Asia. The event strengthens our calendar of sporting events and reinforces our position as a leading leisure and business destination. We support SailGP’s comprehensive strategy to reduce its overall carbon footprint, which furthers our ambition to become a top innovative sustainable urban destination.”
The Singapore Sail Grand Prix will be broadcast live in over 186 territories and across SailGP digital platforms including its App.
SailGP Season 3 Schedule*
May 14-15, 2022: Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess
Jun 18-19, 2022: United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier
Jul 30-31, 2022: Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth
Aug 19-20, 2022: Rockwool Denmark Sail Grand Prix | Copenhagen
Sep 10-11, 2022: France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
Sep 24-25, 2022: Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía – Cádiz
Nov 12-13, 2022: Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas
Jan 14-15, 2023: Singapore Sail Grand Prix
Mar 18-19, 2023: New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch
May 6-7, 2023: United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco
*One further event in 2023 is expected to be announced www.sailgp.com