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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

$1.5 million sailing phenomenon returns to Sydney


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Sydney has been confirmed as the venue for the opening round of the SailGP series for a second straight year.

The 2020 series will start on Sydney Harbour on February 28-29, two weeks later than in this year's inaugural competition.

The 2019 series has featured 50-foot catamarans representing Australia, China, France, Japan, Great Britain and the United States.

The full schedule for the multi-round event is still to be confirmed, but in 2019 it has included stops in San Francisco, New York and Cowes, with the final round to be conducted in Marseille, France, in just over a week.

The top two boats will go head to head for the SailGP Championship trophy and a winner-takes-all $US1 million ($A1.5 million) prize.

The Australian boat skippered by Tom Slingsby leads the standings by four points over Japan, who have another Australian sailing Olympic gold medallist, Nathan Outteridge, at the helm.

"Sailing in front of a home crowd was simply amazing, and something that I had never experienced before at this level," Slingsby said.

"There is nothing more special and motivating for an athlete to have the support of the home crowd, and I am extremely excited that we are returning to Sydney.

"It's one of my favourite places to sail and to win (there) this year was the perfect start to our season."

Tom Slingsby will once again lead Australia's Sail GP charge.

SailGP chief executive Sir Russell Coutts said Sydney was a spectacular venue to launch the concept this year.

"On every level - the iconic harbour backdrop, the competition, the fans, and we can't wait to return," he said.

"The teams will be spending the winter testing new wing sails and other exciting upgrades on the F50s.

"The boats are getting faster and the teams more competitive and we expect Sydney will once again be a great natural amphitheatre to showcase these incredible athletes and boats."

More than 22,000 people representing 25 nations turned out to watch the 2019 event on Sydney Harbour and overall it reached 96 million people worldwide.

Sydney has been confirmed as the venue for the opening round of the SailGP series for a second straight year.

The 2020 series will start on Sydney Harbour on February 28-29, two weeks later than in this year's inaugural competition.

The 2019 series has featured 50-foot catamarans representing Australia, China, France, Japan, Great Britain and the United States.

The full schedule for the multi-round event is still to be confirmed, but in 2019 it has included stops in San Francisco, New York and Cowes, with the final round to be conducted in Marseille, France, in just over a week.

The top two boats will go head to head for the SailGP Championship trophy and a winner-takes-all $US1 million ($A1.5 million) prize.

The Australian boat skippered by Tom Slingsby leads the standings by four points over Japan, who have another Australian sailing Olympic gold medallist, Nathan Outteridge, at the helm.

"Sailing in front of a home crowd was simply amazing, and something that I had never experienced before at this level," Slingsby said.

"There is nothing more special and motivating for an athlete to have the support of the home crowd, and I am extremely excited that we are returning to Sydney.

"It's one of my favourite places to sail and to win (there) this year was the perfect start to our season."

Tom Slingsby will once again lead Australia's Sail GP charge.

SailGP chief executive Sir Russell Coutts said Sydney was a spectacular venue to launch the concept this year.

"On every level - the iconic harbour backdrop, the competition, the fans, and we can't wait to return," he said.

"The teams will be spending the winter testing new wing sails and other exciting upgrades on the F50s.

"The boats are getting faster and the teams more competitive and we expect Sydney will once again be a great natural amphitheatre to showcase these incredible athletes and boats."

More than 22,000 people representing 25 nations turned out to watch the 2019 event on Sydney Harbour and overall it reached 96 million people worldwide.

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