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Singapore Gets Ready For Inaugural SailGP at East Coast Park

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With a month to go before the most exciting racing on  water makes its Singapore debut, organizers have announced a new ticketing category for the  Singapore Sail Grand Prix – SailGP Beach Club – to ensure spectators get to enjoy the high  speed, adrenaline-pumping races in a chic lounge setting right on the beachfront.  

Located on the beach at Parkland Green, East Coast Park, spectators at the SailGP Beach  Club can enjoy a completely new vibe to watch the battles on the water play out in front of  them. With an unobstructed view, gazebo shading, dedicated screens, an all-inclusive food  and drinks package and a live DJ, it is the ultimate place to experience the fast-paced action.  

The Singapore Sail Grand Prix race weekend, Jan 14-15, will see nine international teams  battle it out on identical high tech, hydrofoiling F50 catamarans at highway speeds (over  100km/h). Singapore will be the eighth leg of SailGP’s eleven-stop global championship that  includes iconic destinations such as Bermuda, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Sydney and San Francisco.  

Fans who want to get even closer to the race action can also purchase the ‘Bring Your Own  Boat’ package and get the best (and closest) views of the action. The package includes access  to both race days, front row views near the finishing line, live race commentary over VHF, a  souvenir flag, and beverage coupons to use after the race.  

Other ticketing options to the two-day race weekend include Waterfront Access which offers  entry to the official spectator area providing great views of the racecourse, along with a live  TV broadcast on big screens and race commentary. All ticket options are in the heart of the  SailGP Race Village which is also filled with SailGP merchandise booths, food and drink  outlets, and activity stations.  

Nine teams, seven races, one overall Sail Grand Prix Singapore title 

Teams from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain,  Switzerland and the United States will compete for points in a series of fleet races held over  two days. The three teams with the most points after the fleet races will then compete for the  overall Sail Grand Prix Singapore title in the event final on Sunday, 15 January. 

The racing fleet boasts of some of the most successful sailors in history including multiple  Olympic medallists and World Champions The lineup for Singapore includes Great Britain’s  most successful Olympic sailor of all time Sir Ben Ainslie, fellow Olympic gold medallists Tom  Slingsby (Australia) and Peter Burling (New Zealand) and U.S. sailing legend Jimmy Spithill.

SailGP is known for achieving gender equity at the highest level of the sport. Key to this was  the launch of the Women’s Pathway, two years ago, to fast-track women’s training and  development and realize an inclusive sporting championship where the best athletes have  equal opportunity to compete together. The Pathway outlines that all teams must have a  female athlete racing in both four and six person crew configurations.  

As part of its mission to be the world’s most purpose-driven and sustainable sport and leave  a legacy at every venue it visits, SailGP will also deliver a Champions for Change event on  the eve of the Singapore Sail Grand Prix. 

Champions for Change is SailGP’s exclusive thought leadership program that brings leaders  and sustainability advocates together to talk about their approach to the climate crisis and  share valuable learnings. 

Speakers include SailGP’s global director of purpose and Impact, Fiona Morgan, secretary  general of One Ocean Foundation, Jan Pachner, and New Zealand SailGP Team co-CEO  Blair Tuke – with the event being hosted by well known Singapore model and actor, Paul  Foster. 

Local schools sign up for SailGP’s Inspire program  

Local students will benefit from SailGP’s dedicated community outreach youth program, which  has inspired over 10,000 young minds across the globe since its inception. Over the course  of the week, students from St Hilda’s Primary School, Endeavour Primary School, Hwa Chong  International School, Overseas Family School and the Singapore Sailing Federation will get  the chance to learn about the sustainable side of the sport and get insight to the work SailGP  is doing, as the first climate positive sport and entertainment property.  

Overseas Family School, which runs a daily after school sailing program, has also partnered  with SailGP Inspire as the Program’s Official Education Supplier, helping to support the  program and deliver bespoke activities in the Race Village for the public to enjoy. 

Each school has been paired with a SailGP team, who they will get to meet during an exclusive  behind the scenes tour. Attending students will also engage in activities which are linked to  harnessing power from nature’s key elements – wind, water, sun, and earth. They will learn to  build wind turbines, challenge the concept of buoyancy, and be introduced to foundational  sailing techniques.  

As part of the Inspire Careers program, up to 25 local youth will have the chance to work and  learn onsite, and 16 talented local sailors will be selected to join the Racing program and sail  on the WASZP – a fast-paced hydro foiling dinghy. This program is aimed at providing a  pathway from youth sailing to professional F50 racing and the winners in Singapore will get  the chance to represent their country at the WASZP Grand Final in San Francisco. Winning a  place in the Grand Final presents an opportunity for these young sailors to join one of the  SailGP F50 teams and see what it takes to become a professional athlete.