To celebrate the start of Cowes Week 10th & 11th August an exciting event-SailGP- will be held between Cowes and Gurnard.
An event village will pop-up between Cowes Green and Egypt Point with stands, big screen and places to eat as well as the best views of the competition on the racecourse just out to sea.
SailGP, the fastest sail racing in the World, flies into the UK to make its debut on European waters. On August 10 and 11, SailGP will serve as the opening feature of the iconic Cowes Week regatta. Teams made up of some of the finest athletes from Great Britain, Australia, China, France, Japan and the United States will compete in the penultimate event of the inaugural 2019 season having already sailed at Sydney, San Francisco and New York,
Established at the end of last year by Sir Russell Coutts and Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison, SailGP is an intense, season long battle between rival teams in identical, high tech flying boats, not only competing to hit sailing’s elusive 50-knot speed barrier, but also for a $1 million end of season prize.
Currently, Japan – helmed by double Olympic medallist Nathan Outteridge – sits one point ahead at the top of the leaderboard from long-term rival, friend and fellow Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby of the Australia SailGP Team. Great Britain is currently placed third.