SailGP returns to California this weekend, with the second event of Season 4 to be held in the Port of Los Angeles after the season opener in Chicago on June 16–17. That event started the year with 10 teams and the top three places held by New Zealand in first, Australia in second and Canada in third. Jimmy Spithill and Team USA had a disappointing start, ending up in ninth place after the first event.
The second event will be held inside the Port of Los Angeles, with grandstand seating overlooking the race course. The race area is known as Hurricane Gulch and is popular with windsurfers, kiteboarders and, of course, sailors. It’s the first time the event has been held in L.A. and the second event for Germany, which is the 10th team to join the league.
Summer sailing conditions in L.A. Harbor should be ideal, with strong late-afternoon breezes arising as the land heats up inland. The offshore breakwater keeps the water flat, creating ideal racing conditions for the foiling F50s.
The Oracle Los Angeles Sail Grand Prix will take place on July 22 and 23, with racing scheduled between 4:00 and 5.30 p.m. PDT. The TV broadcast is not live and will be on at 7 p.m. PDT. For tickets to grandstand seating and complete information click here.
Current standings after one event:
1 – New Zealand, Peter Burling
2 – Australia, Tom Slingsby
3 – Canada, Phil Robertson
4 – Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
5 – Spain, Diego Botin
6 – France, Quentin Delapierre
7 – Emirates GBR, Ben Ainslie
8 – Switzerland, Sébastien Schneiter
9 – United States, Jimmy Spithill
10 – Germany, Erik Heil