SailGP to return to Bermuda in 2024
The international SailGP global sailing league will be returning to Bermuda in May 2024.
With a bumper schedule that starts in June 2023 and lasting for more than a year, the world’s greatest sailors will again do battle on-board wing-sailed foiling catamarans over two exhilarating days of racing in the Great Sound as part of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix on May 4 and 5 2024.
The Season Four SailGP will take place in 14 locations around the world and with nearly triple the number of regattas compared with the inaugural competition, some tweaking of the schedule has been necessary with Bermuda no longer hosting the opening fixture.
Chicago will be the first city visted by SailGP on June 17-18 of next year before the series heads to the northern hemisphere and a sweep across Europe, including trips to Taranto, Italy, on September 23 and 24 and Cádiz in Spain on October 14-15.
After the planned five events in Europe, the league will head to the Middle East for two separate events before moving to Asia, where the second edition of the Singapore Sail Grand Prix will take place on January 13 and 14, 2024.
Sydney will then host SailGP for a record fifth time when the Australia Sail Grand Prix takes place on February 17 and 18, 2024, before the league switches to New Zealand, with the host city switching from Christchurch to Auckland on March 16 and 17.
The campaign will then finish back in the northern hemisphere, stopping for the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix on May 4 and 5 before a further two North America events, including a potential first home event for the Canada SailGP Team following the launch of a competitive bid process earlier this year.
The season will finish on July 13 and 14, 2024, and culminate with the Grand Final in the United States.
Further cities in the season four calendar will be announced in the coming months.
“Halfway through our Season 3 calendar, we are delighted to be sufficiently advanced with our venue procurement process to announce our Season 4 schedule,” said Russell Coutts, co-founder and chief executive officer of SailGP.
“With the aim to have fourteen events and an impressive list of some of the world's most iconic cities and destinations, SailGP continues its rapid expansion.
“We believe we now have a really compelling sporting calendar and I’m extremely proud to see us returning to many of our existing venues for this season – highlighting the strong commercial demand for our events around the world with our existing host cities and title partners recognising the benefits SailGP brings – as well as welcoming some new cities and partners as part of our extended Season 4 calendar.”
Next season will also see the continuation of SailGP’s Women’s Pathway, which aims to fast-track the training and development of female athletes with the goal of creating an inclusive sporting championship that has gender equity.
In addition, SailGP's community outreach programme Inspire and its three pillars – learning, careers and racing – will continue to expand and ensure SailGP has a positive impact in each of the venues in Season 4.
June 17-18: United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago
July 29-30: European Sail Grand Prix Event 1
August 18-19: European Sail Grand Prix | Event 2
September 9-10: European Sail Grand Prix | Event 3
September 23-24: Italy Sail Grand Prix Taranto
October 14-15: Spain Sail Grand Prix Andalucía-Cádiz
November 18-19: Middle East Sail Grand Prix Event 1
December 9-10: Middle East Sail Grand Prix Event 2
January 13-14: Singapore Sail Grand Prix
February 17-18: KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix Sydney
March 16-17: New Zealand Sail Grand Prix Auckland
May 4-5: Bermuda Sail Grand Prix
June 22-23: North America Sail Grand Prix Event 2
July 13-14: SailGP Grand Final