See some of the biggest names in professional sailing square off in a battle of high-performance foiling catamarans on April 24-25 2021 in the first-ever Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. It’s the opening event of SailGP Season 2 and will be the largest regatta to visit the island since it hosted the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
This thrilling event features the world’s fastest catamarans. It’s a perfect fit in Bermuda, where mild weather, ideal sailing conditions and an enduring maritime legacy create a unique, welcoming sailing culture – all with a focus on sustainability and engaging island youth.
Bermuda Sail Grand Prix Presented by Hamilton Princess: Competition Basics
With teams hailing from Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States, featuring veteran sailors and Olympic athletes all sailing together in one giant fleet, expect to see some serious action on the water.
The roster includes former ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill; Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time; Nathan Outteridge, who was at the helm of Sweden’s Artemis Racing; and Olympic gold medalist and defending America’s Cup champion Peter Burling. Ahead of the two-day season opener, the athletes will spend four weeks training in Bermuda’s Great Sound.
All racing for the main event takes place from 2-4 pm on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. There are three races scheduled each day. To make things even more interesting, they’re competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize.
The boats will be lightning-fast and carbon neutral. All eight teams will be racing aboard a one-design F50 wingsailed catamaran dubbed “the fastest sail race boat in the world.” It’s the first boat ever to hit 50 knots (or 60 miles per hour) during a race.
Reaching speeds up to 50 knots, the carbon neutral F50 wingsailed catamaran is dubbed the fastest sail race boat in the world.
As a premier sailing competition suited for the island’s pleasant climate and impressive courses, SailGP isn’t just a perfect fit for Bermuda’s storied sailing culture – it’s also likely to have a lasting legacy for the island’s community at large.
As part of the event, they’ve invited the island’s youth to experience Bermuda’s sailing culture up close via Bermuda nonprofit Endeavor. The organization aims to encourage hands-on learning and career exploration within science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), especially when it comes to sustainability.
In addition to the boats being carbon neutral, all facets of the event aim to be as energy efficient as possible. In partnership with Endeavor, SailGP Inspire will invite local youth to participate in hands-on experiences to demonstrate how sustainable energy works, including by getting kids out on a wind-powered vessel.
Beyond the Race: More Bermuda Sailing Events
Once you’ve witnessed the thrill of SailGP and Bermuda’s enchanting beauty and warm culture, you’ll certainly want to visit – and you’ll have plenty of reasons to start planning your trip. Every other June, the Newport Bermuda Race brings thrill seekers halfway across the Atlantic for what they call the “Thrash to the Onion Patch.” Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race is also a big draw in June. Or, visit in May to spy luxury yachts making the trek to Bermuda’s waters from the south for the Antigua-Bermuda Race. See more Bermuda sailing events and races. (Check event websites for up-to-date info on event schedules and cancellations.)
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