SailGP will return to the US of A in 2020, with Season 2 grand prix events set for San Francisco and New York. The spectacle will return to San Francisco Bay on May 2-3 and to the Hudson River on June 12-13. The American events will serve as the second and third stops of Season 2, following its inauguration in Sydney at the end of February. Tickets will go on sale for San Francisco SailGP in January 2020, with New York to follow.
The dates are good news for Bay Area racers, as the Yacht Racing Association has already announced that the Great Vallejo Race will be held on the previous weekend, April 25-26. April 26 will also be Opening Day on the Bay. (This year, racers had to choose between SailGP and the Vallejo Race on the first weekend in May.)
Rome Kirby and his all-American team won one race during Season 1, at the 2019 New York SailGP. But the Americans finished the series in sixth (last) place. They’ll be looking to add wins and climb up the rankings when they take on Season 1 champion Australia, as well as China, France, Great Britain and Japan. The league plans to add at least one additional team during Season 2.
“We were able to see American flags waving and hear the cheers of the shore-packed crowds at both US stops,” said Kirby. “It was like nothing I had experienced before, and propelled us to our first victory. I very much look forward to sharing it with home crowds in San Francisco and New York next year.”
Try to learn more, if you can, at SailGP’s website, https://sailgp.com. It looks nice, but many of the links don’t work.