Japan SailGP Team removed from league >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

After finishing second overall in the first two SailGP seasons, the Japan SailGP team was dropped from the third season roster. Here is the official league press release:
After lengthy deliberations and taking into account logistical and commercial considerations, SailGP has made the difficult decision to suspend the participation of Japan SailGP Team indefinitely.

The league would like to thank Nathan Outteridge and all the athletes and staff involved with the team for their outstanding performances during the first two seasons of SailGP and wishes them the best for the future.

Season 3 will continue with nine teams racing for the rest of the season.
When SailGP was established in 2018, the global sports league had a five-year plan for all teams to be independently funded. Billionaire Larry Ellison’s initial investment was to get the ball rolling, but the time has begun for the teams to become commercially viable.

Two new teams – Canada and Switzerland – were included in Season 3, and when it came time to find their gear, the league was missing a boat. Since these two teams were self-funding, the solution was to take a boat from an underfunded team.

Canada secured the Japanese boat, with the Outteridge team to sit on the sidelines for the first three events of Season 3, as their boat needed to be ready for the fourth leg of the 11-event season.

There was a plan to give them average points for missing events, and although Outteridge was disappointed, he saw the big picture. “It’s not just about racing on the water – it’s about making the teams commercially successful,” he said. “We don’t have the financial support we need to be on the starting line (in Bermuda).”

With the decision now to retire the team from the season, it is likely that financial progress was not happening and the league was unwilling to invest more money in the team.

Four of the ten teams that were to start Season 3 are self-funded: Canada, Denmark, Great Britain and Switzerland. Although the progress of the other teams is unknown, the Japanese team is now a commercial casualty, joining the Chinese team that did not return after Season 1.

SailGP Info – Plymouth Details – Season 3 Scoreboard – Facebook – How to Watch

Ranking of Season 3 (after two events)
1. Australia, Tom Slingsby – 20 points
2. Canada, Phil Robertson – 17 points
3. Great Britain, Ben Ainslie – 17 points
4. New Zealand, Peter Burling – 12 points
5. Denmark, Nicolai Sehested – 12 points
6. France, Quentin Delapierre – 9 points
7. United States, Jimmy Spithill – 9 points
8. Spain, Jordi Xammar – 8 points
9. Switzerland, Sebastien Schneiter – 4 points

2022-23 SailGP Season 3 Schedule*
May 14-15, 2022 – Bermuda Sailing Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess
June 18-19, 2022 – United States Sailing Grand Prix | Chicago to Navy Pier
30-31 July 2022 – British Sailing Grand Prix | Plymouth
August 18-19, 2022 – ROCKWOOL Danish Sailing Grand Prix | Copenhagen
September 9-10, 2022 – French Sailing Grand Prix | Saint Tropez
September 23-24, 2022 – Spanish Sailing Grand Prix | Andalusia – Cadiz
November 11-12, 2022 – Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas
January 14-15, 2023 – Singapore Sailing Grand Prix
18-19 February 2023 – Australian Sailing Grand Prix | sydney
17-18 March 2023 – New Zealand Sailing Grand Prix | christchurch
May 6-7, 2023 – United States Sailing Grand Prix | San Francisco (Season 3 Grand Finale)

Format of SailGP 2022-23 events:
• The teams compete on identical F50 catamarans.
• Each event takes place over two days.
• There are three races each day, totaling six races at each event.
• The first five fleet races involve all teams.
• The final race will pit the top three ranked teams against each other to be crowned event champions and win the biggest share of the $300,000 prize pool to be split among the top three teams.
• The season ends with the Grand Finals, which includes the Final Championship Race – a match-based race where the winner takes it all for the $1 million prize.

For competition documents, click here.

Founded in 2018, SailGP seeks to be an annual global sports league featuring fan-centric inshore racing in some of the world’s iconic ports. Rival national teams compete in identical F50 catamarans for cash prizes as the season culminates in a million dollar match-winning race.

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