The fourth season of the global sports league SailGP has released its tentative schedule, expanding from 11 to 14 events through 14 months in 2023-2024. The number of events is nearly triple that of Season 1 in 2019.
SailGP Season 4 will launch in Chicago on June 17-18 where summer crowds packed onto Navy Pier for an extremely successful Season 3 debut. That event will be followed by a northern hemisphere Summer sweep across Europe, featuring a return to fan-favorite Season 2 location Taranto, Southern Italy, on September 23-24 and a third visit for the league to Cádiz, Spain on October 14-15.
After the planned five events in Europe, the league will head to the Middle East before going on to Asia, where the second edition of the Singapore Sail Grand Prix will take place on January 13-14, 2024.
Sydney will then host SailGP for a record fifth time in Australia on February 17-18, 2024 before the league heads to New Zealand. In Season 4, the action switches from Christchurch to Auckland as part of a four-season, alternating multi-city hosting arrangement and Auckland will play host on March 16-17.
SailGP Season 4 will then finish back in the northern hemisphere, stopping for the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix on May 4-5 before a further two North America events, including a potential first home event for the Canada SailGP Team following the launch of a competitive bid process earlier this year. The season will finish July 13-14, 2024, and culminate with the Grand Final in the United States.
“We believe we now have a really compelling sporting calendar,” noted SailGP Co-founder and CEO Russell Coutts. “I’m extremely proud to see us returning to many of our existing venues for this season – highlighting the strong commercial demand for our events around the world with our existing host cities and title partners recognizing the benefits SailGP brings – as well as welcoming some new cities and partners as part of our extended Season 4 calendar.”
Many of the cities returning for Season 4 do so as part of multi-year deals. Further cities in the Season 4 calendar will be announced in the coming months.
Season 4 will see the continuation of SailGP’s Women’s Pathway, which aims to fast-track the training and development of female athletes with the goal of creating an inclusive sporting championship that has gender equity.
In addition, SailGP’s community outreach program Inspire and its three pillars – Learning, Careers and Racing – will continue to expand and ensure SailGP has a positive impact in each of the venues where it races in Season 4.
SAILGP SEASON 4 SCHEDULE
June 17-18 – Chicago, USA
July 29-30 – European venue TBA
August 18-19 – European venue TBA
September 9-10 – European venue TBA
September 23-24 – Taranto, Italy
October 14-15 – Cádiz, Spain
November 18-19 – Middle East venue TBA
December 9-10 – Middle East venue TBA
January 13-14 – Singapore
February 17-18 – Sydney, Australia
March 16-17 – Auckland, New Zealand
May 4-5 – Hamilton, Bermuda
June 22-23 – North America venue TBA
July 13-14 – USA venue TBA (Grand Final)
2022-23 SailGP Season 3 Schedule
May 14-15, 2022 – Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess
June 18-19, 2022 – United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier
July 30-31, 2022 – Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth
August 19-20, 2022 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix | Copenhagen
September 10-11, 2022 – France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
September 24-25, 2022 – Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía – Cádiz
November 12-13, 2022 – Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas
January 13-14, 2023 – Singapore Sail Grand Prix
February 17-18, 2023 – Australia Sail Grand Prix | Sydney
March 17-18, 2023 – New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch
May 6-7, 2023 – United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco (Season 3 Grand Final)
Format for 2022-23 SailGP events:
• Teams compete in identical F50 catamarans.
• Each event runs across two days.
• There are three qualifying races each day for all nine teams.*
• The top three teams from qualifying advance to a final race to be crowned event champion and earn the largest share of the $300,000 prize money to be split among the top three teams.
• The season ends with the Grand Final, which includes the Championship Final Race – a winner-takes-all match race for the $1m prize.
* Qualifying schedule increased from five to six races at France SailGP.
For competition documents, click here.
Established in 2018, SailGP seeks to be an annual, global sports league featuring fan-centric inshore racing in some of the iconic harbors around the globe. Rival national teams compete in identical F50 catamarans for event prize money as the season culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race.
Published on September 16th, 2022