Introducing SailGP, F1(TM) on H20!
Travel Places: So Andy, you’ve just got back from six weeks over in Australia at the launch of the Sail GP series in Sydney. What’s Sail GP all about?
Andy T: SailGP is a new global sailing league founded by technology billionaire and sailing enthusiast, Larry Ellison and five-time America’s Cup winner, Russell Coutts. The league features teams representing six nations – USA, Australia, China, France, Great Britain, and Japan – all racing on identical 50-ft foiling catamarans, a class known as the F50.
TP: How does this series differ from other race series on the water?
AT: The F50s are the world’s fastest, most technologically advanced catamarans expected to break the 50-knot (60 mph/100 kph) barrier!! The races are also streamed live on SailGP’s own app, which features onboard footage from each catamaran, so spectators can get up close to the live action.
TP: When are where are the next races?
AT: The second event is in San Francisco which will take place on Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May 2019. New York will host on June 21-22; Cowes, UK, on August 10-11; and Marseille, France, on September 20-22. The September finale will feature a winner-takes-all $1 million championship match race between the season’s top two teams.
TP: What is TP doing over there?
AT: We manage all of the hotel room blocks for staff, suppliers and support crew across the city. We also handle transfers and ancillary services.
TP. Sydney for 6 weeks? What’s your top recommendation? Where’s the best places to eat, drink, party and stay?
AT: The inner city neighbourhoods of Pyrmont, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills offer small boutique hotels, laid back cafes, trendy pubs and fantastic restaurants. Here you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.
TP: What’s your top tip for spectating at a Sail GP?
AT: There are various options to take in the action, but the best experience is on-water viewing! The San Francisco SailGP Race Village is a free-to-the-public event, with two ticketed options available to enhance the shore-side experience. If you can’t make it to any of the events, you can watch it live via the SailGP app, YouTube or Facebook channels. More details of upcoming event broadcast partners will be announced shortly – https://sailgp.com/watch/
TP: Who’s your top tip for the series?
AT: The Aussies, they looked very strong on home waters and dominated at the Sydney Grand Prix.
TP: So, will you be flying out for San Fran in April?
AT: Yes, I fly out on 21 April for the US event. Racing on San Francisco Bay is just off the Marina, with the Golden Gate Bridge serving as a stunning backdrop. It looks set to be a great one.
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