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SailGP’s Early Winners

The foiling cats return to San Francisco Bay as SailGP’s first-ever US-held event is set to ignite the waters of San Francisco Bay. On May 4-5, six national teams will fight for supremacy aboard identical, supercharged 50-ft foiling catamarans capable of hitting 50 knots. Over the two-day event, spectators will witness five fleet races and a final match race on a short-format, inshore course.

At this month’s Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show in Richmond, show visitors were invited to sign up at the Latitude 38 and Summer Sailstice booths for a chance to win weekend passes to this inaugural and awe-inspiring event.

Piyush Arora, and Michael Law are two very happy winners after learning their names were drawn for second and third prize. Michael was the first to respond and is beyond excited, particularly after having a firsthand view of the boats the day before.

“Wow! This is great! I just met Justin yesterday and had a tour of the pits in Alameda. I am so happy to have the opportunity to be able to view the event. Thank you.”

The US Team rips around Sydney Harbour in the first SailGP event.
© 2019 Matt Knighton

Michael won a grandstand seat with premium shoreside view and live race coverage and commentary.

Second-prize winner Piyush Arora also won a seat on San Francisco SailGP’s official spectator boat, and will watch the race from a privileged position on the racecourse perimeter. Piyush says SailGP will be a great promotion for sailing.

“Watching the pros do it is always amazing. Combined with high speeds, Bay Area conditions and a potential for disaster, it definitely makes for a good spectator sport. I am glad we have an opportunity to witness a world class event here in San Francisco.”

Established in 2018, SailGP aims to be an annual global racing event which takes place in some of the world’s most iconic harbors. As the SailGP season progresses, accumulated points determine the two top teams that will go head-to-head in the final, winner-takes-all match race for the title of SailGP Champion and a $1 million purse and trophy.

One remaining prizewinner has yet to respond, and has until 5 p.m. today to do so. Is it you? Let us know. The final prize will be redrawn at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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