Make an impact with the Impact League >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


As eight international teams vie for the million dollar grand prize in SailGP’s second season, teams are also being noted off the course for the positive actions they are taking to reduce their overall carbon footprint and contribute. to accelerate inclusion in sailing.

Each team will compete and be responsible according to ten key sustainability criteria. Criteria range from pioneering new technologies focused on clean energy solutions and the elimination of all single-use plastics, to diversity and inclusion and using the voice of the team for good. Each team will be audited externally and a general classification will be created after each event.

At the end of the 9-event season – which will culminate in San Francisco in March 2022 – there will be two podiums, with the winning team crowned alongside the Season Champions and earning funding for their final partner, who supports them and advises them throughout the season. and is visible on the team livery.

Called the Impact League, the current ranking shows the New Zealand team SailGP in the lead.

By 2050, more than 570 low-lying coastal towns, including SailGP host sites such as Plymouth, Saint-Tropez and Sydney, will face an expected sea level rise of at least 0.5 meters , putting more than 800 million people at risk against the impacts of rising seas, extreme weather conditions and storm surges.

To mitigate this threat, SailGP has made developing new, sustainable initiatives part of its founding goal, and the creation of the Impact League is a key step on that journey and a way to take responsibility for the change they want. create.

By independently measuring and auditing every aspect of sustainability, the Impact League ensures that SailGP and its teams are maximizing their efforts, ensuring true systematic change and shaping the new ‘sustainable-normal’.

“We believe in the power of sport for good and that sport has a responsibility to lead by example to inspire others to make simple changes for a better planet,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of SailGP. “Our commitment to sustainable development goes far deeper than words or promises, it is based on measurable long-term actions. ”


SailGP Season Championship (after 2 events)
1. Spain, 16 points
2. Great Britain, 15 years old
3. Japan, 14 years old
4. New Zealand, 13 years old
5. France, 12 years old
6. Australia, 12
7. United States, 11
8. Denmark, 11

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Format of SailGP events:
• The teams compete against each other 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 match race pits the three best ranked teams against each other to be crowned champion of the event.
• The season ends with the Grand Final, which features the Championship Final Race – a match-based race where the winner takes home the $ 1 million prize.

SailGP Season 2 Schedule *
April 24-25, 2021 – Bermuda Grand Prix
June 5-6, 2021 – Italian Grand Prix – Taranto
July 17-18, 2021 – British Grand Prix – Plymouth
August 20-21, 2021 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Grand Prix – Aarhus
September 11-12, 2021 – French Grand Prix – Saint-Tropez
October 9-10, 2021 – Spanish Grand Prix – Andalusia
December 17-18, 2021 – Australian Grand Prix – Sydney
January 29-30, 2022 – New Zealand Grand Prix – Christchurch
March 26-27, 2022 – United States Grand Prix – San Francisco (Season 2 Grand Final)
*Subject to change

Teams 2021-22, barre
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
France, Billy Besson
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie (alternate – Paul Goodison)
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
New Zealand, Peter Burling (alternate – Arnaud Psarofaghis)
Spain, Jordi Xammar (alternate – Phil Robertson)
United States, Jimmy Spithill

Founded in 2018, SailGP aims to be an annual global sports league featuring fan-centric coastal races in some of the iconic ports around the world. Rival national teams battle it out on identical F50 catamarans, the season culminating with a $ 1 million race per match.

Source: SailGP

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