Bermuda Sail Grand Prix could become permanent fixture
The Bermuda Sail Grand Prix could potentially become a permanent fixture on the international sailing league’s annual race calendar.
If all goes according to plan, the island could host the event annually from 2025.
“As you would have seen, we have announced our Season Four calendar and looking forward to coming back to Bermuda on May 4 and 5, 2024,” Andrew Thompson, the SailGP chief commercial and financial officer, told The Royal Gazette.
“Our seasons have been a bit funny up until now because coming out of Covid we kind of struggled two calendar years. So Season Four had to land between 2023 and 2024, which means we are actually visiting Bermuda at the back end of our calendar for that season.
“But then we are actually starting planning on Season Five and beyond, which is super exciting for us as we will shift to a calendar year.
“We will be looking to work with the Bermuda Tourism Authority and others in Bermuda to make Bermuda a permanent fixture on our calendar. That’s what we would like to do; think of Bermuda as the home of sailing.
“In the short-term we are excited to sponsor the Tech Summit that’s coming up in Bermuda later this month. The heart of SailGP is run from a technological basis, so it’s a natural alignment for us to meet and collaborate with like-minded organisations on island and innovative individuals on island.“
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, with Bermuda no longer hosting the opening fixture.
Chicago will host the Season Four opener on June 17-18 of next year, with the campaign culminating with the Grand Final in the United States on July 13 and 14, 2024.
As well as host a regatta, Season Four could also potentially see Bermuda enter a team in the series.
Thompson revealed the island is among the nations vying for two available spots for the fourth instalment of the global series.
He said a Bermuda SailGP steering committee has been formed on island with fundraising and scouting for potential crew members for the local team well underway.
He said the Bermuda SailGP team would be led by three non-local sailors among its overall crew of six and believes having a local team competing in the international series would provide long-term benefits for the island.