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    Aussie SailGP Team Announced

    - National team headed by Tom Slingsby features some of Australia’s most decorated sailors and Australia’s most successful Ironman Ky Hurst.
    - Australia to host first SailGP race in Sydney Harbour, February 2019.
    - Teams will race identical wingsailed F50s – supercharged catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier – competing for championship trophy and US$1 million prize.





    The Australia SailGP Team from L to R: Sam Newton, Jason Waterhouse, Kyle Langford, Tom Slingsby & Ky Hurst.


    Tom Slingsby – Olympic gold medalist, America’s Cup winner, eight-time world champion and member of the Order of Australia – was today tabbed to lead the Australia SailGP Team in the global racing league’s inaugural season. The full team was unveiled this morning on Sydney Harbour, which last week was announced as the first ever race venue (February 15-16, 2019) for the new racing league.

    The Australian team features some of the nation’s most decorated sailors, including Olympians, Sydney to Hobart alumni and Australia’s most successful Ironman Ky Hurst. SailGP will give Slingsby and the Australian crew the first chance to represent their country in boats of this caliber. The identical wingsailed F50s are the fastest catamarans in the world, capable of reaching speeds exceeding 50 knots (60mph/100kph).



    The five members of the Australia SailGP Team are: Slingsby, 34, of Sydney (helmsman); Kyle Langford, 29, of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales (wing trimmer); Jason Waterhouse, 26, of Sydney (flight controller); Hurst, 37, of Gold Coast, Queensland (grinder); and Sam Newton, 32, of Sydney (grinder). In addition, Kinley Fowler, 30, of Perth, Western Australia, will serve as the reserve.

    “I’m thrilled to have an Australian team, led by one of the country’s most successful sailors of all time, competing in our groundbreaking new global sailing league. Australia has proven time and again that it knows how to put on a show for the world, and we couldn’t have asked for a more iconic and stunning backdrop to host the first ever SailGP race than Sydney Harbour.” Sir Russell Coutts, SailGP CEO

    Spearheaded by Larry Ellison and Coutts, SailGP has set out to redefine sailing and will bring intensely competitive, inshore racing to fans in Sydney; San Francisco; New York; Cowes, U.K.; and Marseille, France, as world-class crews compete for the championship trophy and a US$1 million prize. Australia will take on teams from China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States.














    “The opportunity to represent my country again is an extraordinary honor, and the chance to start this campaign on home waters – the best harbor in the world – is something that will make it even more special. We’ve assembled not only what I believe is the top of Australian sailing talent, but a team that is 100 percent focused on making our country, our fans and our sponsors proud to be on the journey with us. I’ve seen how national team success can unite and inspire not only sailors but the broader public, and we now have a chance to deliver that.” Tom Slingsby

    FOX SPORTS has signed a three-year agreement as SailGP’s Official Broadcast Partner in Australia, and will air each of the global races on the network, starting with the Sydney event live. SailGP is also working toward a partnership with a free-to-air network for additional coverage of the Sydney grand prix in the Australian market.

    “FOX SPORTS is delighted to become the official Australian broadcaster of SailGP for the next three years starting with live coverage of the Sydney race in February 2019. We look forward to following the exploits of the Australian SailGP Team led by Tom Slingsby, with FOX SPORTS bringing sailing fans all of the exciting on-water action from every race in the global league as it visits locations such as San Francisco, New York and Marseille.” Peter Campbell, head of FOX SPORTS.

    With a primary goal of growing global viewership and broadening its fanbase, SailGP and its television partners will focus on personality-driven broadcasts utilizing patented and leading-edge immersive media technologies.

    The SailGP event in Sydney will take place in Sydney Harbour, east of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Shark Island will provide striking spectator viewing, with the event hub at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in the city’s north shore. The Friday and Saturday racing will feature vantage points from a variety of locations, both onshore and on the water.

    The Australia SailGP Team also announced its founding charity partner the Loyal Foundation, which raises money to fund children’s medical equipment for hundreds of hospitals across Australia.

    “I’ve worked with The Loyal Foundation for many years and am excited to have them on board as the Australia SailGP Team official charity partner,” said Slingsby. “The work they do changes the lives of children across Australia and they give 100 cents of every dollar that is donated to the cause, so we’re proud to be working with them.”

    Sanctioned by World Sailing, each SailGP grand prix event will consist of two competition days with five fleet races, culminating in a final match race between the two leaders. The final race in Marseille will feature a winner-takes-all, US$1 million championship match race between the season’s top two teams to conclude three days of racing.

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    SailGP’s new F50 wingsailed catamaran will be an incredible high performance racing machine.

    The F50 is predicted to break the 50 knot barrier as the most challenging, high-tech one-design racing boat ever produced.

    At a glance, one could be forgiven for thinking it looks familiar to the AC50 used at the last America’s Cup in Bermuda. But in reality, there is a huge difference in performance between the two classes.




    These boats have been redesigned, re-engineered and rebuilt from the inside out.

    Take, for example, flight control. This is the command and control system so vital to maintaining stable flight to keep the boat sailing at pace. And here the F50 designers have really gone to work.

    For the F50 both the foil and rudder pitch will be actively controlled. This should make the flight of the boat through the manoeuvres significantly more efficient.

    The foils have been produced in higher modulus carbon fibre, producing a thinner section which has less resistance at high boat speeds. The geometry of the boards has been extended outside the maximum beam of the boat which provides more righting moment and a smoother transition between the vertical and horizontal sections of the foil. All of this translates into significantly higher ultimate boat speeds, where the onset of cavitation on the board occurs at a much higher speed as compared to a foil designed under the AC50 class rule.

    Batteries have been brought in and are connected to a new hydraulic accumulator to power the foil and rudder pitch control, the jib sheet, and the wing twist control freeing up the two grinders to work on providing power to the wing sheet.





    The flight of the boat can be controlled from the twist grips on the steering wheel or from a joystick controlled by the crew member sitting in position 3 (flight controller). The ride height of the boat can be adjusted independent of the fore and aft bow down pitch.

    What seems like miles of hydraulic lines stitched inside the hulls and under the floorboards are used to distribute power to cant the boards to the most efficient angle and activate the rudder pitch control system.

    The helmsman can control the ride height, the jib sheet, and the rudder differential from push buttons on the steering wheel. The helmsman can also adjust the speed at which those functions are adjusted by adjusting a dial in the centre of the steering wheel. Teamwork and communication will be key to achieving speed and efficiency.

    Top speeds are expected to be 53 knots when the boat is reaching in 20 knots of wind speed. The onset of cavitation is predicted to occur at approximately 48 knots of boat speed – a process where high speed causes the water to bubble near the foil, reducing lift and ultimately limiting the ability to fly the boat efficiently once the cavitation becomes excessive.





    With battery power on board the teams will have more freedom to tack or gybe more frequently. Skippers and tacticians won’t find themselves waiting for grinders to build power in the system before they can call for the next maneuver.

    The F50s will sail with just five crew, the batteries freeing up one grinding position on board. This has led to a complete redesign of the cockpit layout.

    Six F50s will be on the water for the first event in Sydney, Australia in February 2019. Three have been extensively modified using parts from parts of the previous AC50 models. Three sets of the F50s hulls are complete new builds. All of the work was done at Core Builders Composites in New Zealand.


    F50 Critical Stats:

    Strict one-design, development class rule
    Length overall: 15 meters
    Beam (width): 8.8 meters (including appendages)
    Wing Height: currently 24 meters, evolving to a 18m heavy air wing and a 28m light air wing
    Crew: 5, consisting of helmsman, wing-trimmer, flight controller and two grinders
    Crew weight limit: 438 kilograms (average of 87.5 kg per sailor)
    Top speed: 53 knots
    On board cameras: 3
    On board microphones: 3






    These boats will start life – and remain completely – one-design. But crucially, unlike nearly every previous one-design class, the F50 is an active development class. The shared design team will continuously research and implement innovations to ensure that the F50 class remains at the cutting edge. Where new components are introduced the will be applied equally across the fleet. The boats will be identical in every respect apart from the crew who sail them and the colors on the livery.

    SailGP has employed veteran designer Mike Drummond to lead the design effort, and he’s supported by some of the most respected names in foil and aerodynamic design, including Hal Youngren and Tom Speers.

    The hydraulic and electrical control systems and software are being developed and improved at Artemis Technologies, where former America’s Cup skipper and Olympic medalist Iain Percy manages the team..

    The next area of development will be with the wingsails, where the second-generation wings are expected to be modular set-ups that will allow the teams to use different size wings in different conditions, thus broadening the wind range that the boats can effectively race. It is expected that there will be three different sizes of wing span, 18m, 24m and 28m.

    The first heavy-weather wings could be ready for testing as early as the event in Cowes, and could conceivably be used for the final event in Marseille.

    But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The F50 will launch as the fastest, most exciting one-design racing class in the world and the development pipeline will likely keep it there for years to come.

    The F50 catamaran: speed, reimagined.
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    1st Images Of F-50 Training In Marsden New Zealand




    The United States SailGP Team and the China SailGP Team were lucky enough to be the first to get time on the water in the F50.

    The teams are wrapping up an intensive two week session in New Zealand getting a feel for these racing machines. Full report coming soon!

























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    Outteridge Is Turning Japanese

    Japan SailGP Team ready to supercharge Japanese sailing with SailGP season one title challenge

    Japan SailGP Team prepares for February start with an eye on Japan’s next generation of sailors

    Team featuring talented Japanese sailors to be helmed by Olympic champion Nathan Outteridge



    The Japan SailGP Team, from L to R: Iain Jensen, Leo Takahashi, Yugo Yoshida, Nathan Outteridge, Yuki Kasatani and Luke Parkinson.


    Six national teams will race identical wingsailed F50s – the world’s fastest catamarans, capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier


    SailGP today introduced the sixth and final team for season one of its new global racing league, the Japan SailGP Team – a world-class crew combining three of Japan’s most talented sailors with three international foiling catamaran veterans. The Japan SailGP Team’s blend of youth and experience will allow the crew to challenge in season one, and set the standard for the next generation of aspiring Japanese sailors.

    Two-time Olympic medalist and America’s Cup veteran Nathan Outteridge – one of the world’s most talented and experienced high-performance foiling sailors – leads the Japan SailGP Team as CEO/helm. He is joined by the Japanese trio of Yugo Yoshida, Yuki Kasatani and Leo Takahashi, who will all serve in the grinder role in season one. Yoshida represented Japan in the 470 class at the Olympic Games London 2012 and several world championships. He made his high-performance foiling catamaran debut with SoftBank Team Japan at the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda, alongside SailGP teammate Kasatani – a former national-level rowing champion. Meanwhile, 19-year old Takahashi is the youngest athlete in SailGP. He has been a member of the Japan National Team since 2015 and was part of Japan’s 2017 Youth America’s Cup effort.

    “This Japan SailGP Team is immensely talented and the crew will take to the water in Sydney next February ready to put all of their title-winning experience into a tilt at the season one championship,” said SailGP CEO Russell Coutts. “Japan has a rich maritime tradition with untapped potential in top-class sailing. Looking ahead, this world-class team competing in this exciting, nation-versus-nation league can be the catalyst for further developing a strong legacy of international sailing for Japan.”

    Outteridge’s Olympic- and world-title winning Australia teammate Iain Jensen and another fellow Australian, Volvo Ocean Race winner Luke Parkinson, round out the six-man roster. The trio all sailed together with Artemis Racing for the 2017 America’s Cup.




    “SailGP is truly the next generation of international sailing,” said Outteridge. “I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to race on some pretty incredible boats, but these F50s are superior in every way. Adding to the excitement is the fact that each of the boats will be equally advanced, making the competition extremely intense with the results coming down to the skills of the sailors. We have put together a strong team with a wealth of experience from around the world. It’s a mix of top-level international and Japanese sailors along with highly skilled technicians. Our goal now is to develop this group of talented individuals into a truly first-class sailing team.”

    Established in 2018 by Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts, SailGP is an innovative fresh approach to a history-rich sport, aiming to increase mainstream popularity and excite sailing’s next generation. In its first season, the fan-centric league will bring intense inshore racing to Sydney; San Francisco; New York; Cowes, U.K.; and Marseille, France, as world-class crews compete for the championship trophy and a US$1 million prize. The teams will race identical wingsailed F50s – enhanced foiling catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier.

    “SailGP is really going to excite the sailing community here in Japan, and help us reach a completely new set of fans and talented young athletes,” said Yoshida. “SailGP’s annual season model will get our teams out on the water more regularly, onto people’s screens and into the forefront of sports fans’ minds. It’s the perfect environment to build on Japan’s growing reputation in international sailing.”

    Six rival national teams will compete in the first season: Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States. SailGP is ultimately aiming to have 10 teams in 10 race venues, including one in Japan by season three. Starting in season two, in each team market SailGP will establish youth sailing initiatives to provide young sailors opportunities to develop via school programs and yacht clubs, creating a path to professional racing.

    SailGP and World Sailing rules designate Japan as a developing country, allowing the team to select a specified number of non-native athletes to participate with the national team so it can safely pilot the demanding F50 yachts from the very first race. The Japan SailGP Team has a 40 percent nationality requirement for season one, which will increase during the team’s initial years of racing. Eventually, every national team will be fully comprised of athletes native to the country, sharpening the nation-versus-nation edge that sets SailGP apart from many other top-class sailing competitions.
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    Foiling 50 Training Highlights



    In November 2018 the Chinese and American teams were the first two SailGP teams to get training time on the F50, the supercharged foiling catamaran that they will race next year. They sailed out of the Northpoint facility in New Zealand's stunning Northland region. The four remaining teams will have their chance over the following weeks, before the boats are shipped to Sydney for the inaugural SailGP event 15-16 February, 2019.
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    Brits ANd Aussie Getting Their Feet Wet




    The Great Britain SailGP Team has been making the most of every opportunity to get out on the water during their time in New Zealand, despite challenging weather conditions. Shown here training in the F50 borrowed from United States SailGP Team.







    Australia’s SailGP Team boat has been revealed for the first time today as the crew, led by skipper and Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby, tests the revolutionary new F50 off the coast of New Zealand’s Northland region.

    Emblazoned with a giant kangaroo, Australia flag, and green and gold paint, the team’s F50 wing-sailed catamaran hit the water for the first time this week, with the crew testing the boat’s safety, control systems, speed and maneuverability.

    The full Australia SailGP Team joins Slingsby in New Zealand to test and train on the boat, including wing trimmer Kyle Langford, flight controller Jason Waterhouse, grinders Ky Hurst and Sam Newton, and reserve Kinley Fowler.







    “It’s great to be pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in sailing with these new and incredibly fast boats,” said Slingsby. “Now that we’ve been practising together, I rate our chances as pretty good. It’s hard to say who’s going to win this league and who’s going to win that first race in Sydney, but I think we’ve got a really good shot at it. Because the boats are identical, it’ll come down to who gels best as a team, communication and work ethic.”


    Slingsby, who won the America’s Cup with the U.S. entry in 2013, also had a hand in designing the artwork used on the Australian team’s F50, which can reach speeds of over 50 knots (100kph).

    “The artwork on our boat is really cool and I was fortunate enough to play a part in the design. We’ve got a giant ‘roo on the wing, green and gold everywhere, and the Australian flag flying. Competing in this league, and particularly in the first race on Sydney Harbour, is a huge source of national pride for me and the team, and we wanted the boats to show that.”











    In further news ahead of the SailGP Sydney Grand Prix in February 2019, Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour has been announced as the official venue for SailGP Sydney Team Bases.

    All six competing national teams, along with their technical staff and the prized F50 boats will descend on Cockatoo Island in January in the lead up to the race.

    The base will also feature a free public viewing area situated on top of the island’s cliff, providing a family-friendly opportunity for fans to oversee the operation, and watch the technical process of getting the massive F50 catamarans prepped and launched into Sydney Harbour for training and racing.

    Cockatoo Island will also offer the rare opportunity for fans to get behind the scenes by touring the team bases in the lead up to the inaugural SailGP Grand Prix. The free tours will give fans an inside look at the cutting-edge technology of the F50 catamarans and a behind-the-scenes look at how the team bases operate. Tours will be available on selected dates from 1 February 2019 and can be booked here.

    “The Harbour Trust is thrilled to welcome the new international race league SailGP,” said Harbour Trust CEO Mary Darwell. “The event builds upon Cockatoo Island’s long maritime history and we are pleased that the island is once again being used in an innovative and progressive way.”

    Tickets are now on sale for the SailGP Sydney Grand Prix, 15-16 February 2019 on Sydney Harbour. For tickets and further details click here.





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    French Flies In Sydney

    France SailGP Team unveils its boat and switches to action mode in Sydney




    The all-new SailGP international circuit gets under way in Sydney, where the inaugural regattas will be held on February 15th and 16th. After that of the Australian team, it is that of the French team that has been unveiled in its new design. With a dress adorned essentially with blue, the F50 will carry high the colors of France and its team. This symbolic first stage of launching in the port of Sydney concretizes the beginning of a new sailing and competitive era that will make sense in 3 weeks. The countdown begins ! Meanwhile, ride, develop the F50 monotypes, learn to tame, then aim for performance, this is what already occupies the French Team SailGP Billy Besson.



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    There, in Sydney, France SailGP Team's technical team has been hard at work for a few days to assemble, prepare, adjust and fine-tune its F50 so that everything is ready when Billy Besson and Marie Riou arrive on site. Sunday. On the shores of Sydney Harbor, Yoann Bibeau and the technical team are not idle. The boat captain of the French Team is not the main person in charge of the assembly of the boat, since the load returns to the technical team of the SailGP circuit, but it assists and ensures the smooth running of the operations.




    "The assembly takes time, especially for the installation of electronic and hydraulic systems, especially since there is not one, but six boats to put in working order, and that the monotype imposes a constant watch on equal adjustments. It's good if they allow the boat to perform well, but the priority is for all teams to be on an equal footing. "




    Collective tests and shared efforts

    During this period of "sea trials" each boat will be tested by a rotating crew composed of sailors from all teams. When Billy Besson, Marie Riou and their teammates land their barda in Sydney Bay on Sunday, they will be invited to join the test team led by Australian skipper Tom Slingsby.

    Only once this test period is over will the three weeks of training begin, with the first duels on February 1st. "It's a beautiful page ahead," says Billy Besson from Portugal where, until this weekend, he is in Olympic training with Marie Riou. "I'm very excited to get into the thick of things, especially since there's a lot of work to be done to get ready for the 14 February warm-up and the two-day regatta on 15 and 16. February ".

    It is therefore aboard the catamaran "blue" that we will meet the flight crew tricolor in a few days. Like the Blue, symbol of truth and trust, the team led by Billy Besson and Marie Riou will participate in the writing of a new chapter in the history of world sailing.










    With just three weeks to go before SailGP’s international debut, the France SailGP Team today unveiled its boat on Sydney Harbour. The new F50 catamaran is the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced race boat, and will feature prominently in SailGP, a global racing championship premiering in Sydney on 15 and 16 February.
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    SailGP San Francisco Details Emerge



    SailGP San Francisco
    San Francisco is home to one of the most stunning and iconic bays in the world. A natural amphitheater, the Bay Area offers vantage points all along the city shoreline.

    Racing on the Bay will be pure adrenaline. Strong sea breezes and tidal flows will challenge some of the world’s best sailors to the limits of their abilities. Expect the spectacular.

    One of the most visited cities in the United States, San Francisco offers outstanding hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions to enjoy around a weekend of incredible sailing.





    San Francisco SailGP will take place on May 4-5, 2019, on a city front racecourse, with the Race Village located on the Marina Yacht Club Peninsula. Saturday and Sunday racing will run from 12-2 p.m. with opportunities to watch from both the water and the shore.

    National teams for the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan will compete in a total of five short-format races, culminating with the top two teams facing off in a match race finale to determine the overall event winner on Sunday afternoon





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    Fans can register to receive exclusive updates on unique experiences for San Francisco SailGP, including access to ticketing information and presales plus other event details. Ticket options include exciting shoreside and on-water opportunities.

    Boater Registration: Clicky
    SailGP also offers a complimentary registration program for fans wishing to watch the action from the comfort of their own boat. Registrants will receive important race management information, including detailed schedules, spectator zones, access restrictions and the latest race maps. In addition, participants in the Boater Program will receive a commemorative San Francisco SailGP boat flag and will be entered for a chance to win a VIP tour of the United States SailGP Team base.
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