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SKY SPORT SECURES SUPERCHARGED SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP - SAILGP

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SKY SPORT SECURES SUPERCHARGED SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP - SAILGP

SKY SPORT SECURES SUPERCHARGED SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP - SAILGP

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SKY SPORT SECURES SUPERCHARGED SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP - SAILGP
 
SKY Sport has secured the exclusive New Zealand rights for the brand new, cutting edge sailing championship – SailGP!
SailGP features the revolutionary F50 catamaran. These supercharged catamarans are engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 100 km!)
SailGP has strict nationality rules, so it is truly “country v country”.
All SailGP boats will be the same
SKY Sport will be able to deliver the tournament to every part of New Zealand through its satellite broadcast.
SKY Sport is currently producing a SailGP documentary to introduce the new sailing championship to New Zealand sports fans.
Prime will also have free-to-air highlights of SailGP.
 
New Zealand sailing fans, get excited. SKY Sport has just secured the exclusive New Zealand broadcast rights for SailGP for the next three years.
 
The annual, global sports league, beginning Friday 15th February, will feature bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. 
Ten years in the making, SailGP’s vessel of choice will be the electrifying F50 catamarans.
Powered by a 24-metre wingsail and flying above the water on hydrofoils, the F50 marks a huge step forward.
The F50 is expected to produce a 15 percent performance gain across most racing conditions compared to the AC50 class of the 2017 Americas Cup.
 
The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbours around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. 
 
SailGP was created to engage and excite global sports fans year-round in a supercharged, fast-paced version of sailing aimed at increasing its mainstream popularity and introducing the next generation to the sport. 
 
SKY Director of Sport, Richard Last says: “We are very happy to secure this three year deal with SailGP to be able to broadcast the next generation of sailing for our SKY Sport sailing fans.
"It is an extremely exciting version of sailing featuring New Zealand based technologies, the boats were all built here in Warkworth and they’re absolutely cutting edge. It’s going to be pretty spectacular to witness these F50 catamarans fleet racing at full blast. Bring on Friday!”
 
SailGP Head of Broadcast, Sam Leadsom says: “We’re extremely pleased to partner with SKY Sport for three years. We know that we can depend on them to reliably deliver SailGP to Kiwi sailing fans anywhere in New Zealand and we hope that this new product resonates well with all sports fans in New Zealand.” 
 
About the Races
 
The racing venues for SailGP have been carefully selected to enhance the fan experience by making the racing accessible.
 
The annual championship will visit five international seaside cities in 2019, including Sydney, Australia; San Francisco, USA; New York, USA; Cowes, England and Marseille, France. Each venue provides both spectacular racing conditions and unparalleled spectator opportunities.
 
Sydney, Australia: 15 - 16 February 2019
San Francisco, USA: 4 - 5 May 2019
New York, USA: 21 - 22 June 2019
Cowes, England: 10 - 11 August 2019
Marseille, France: 20 - 22 September 2019
 
Sydney SailGP 
 
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world and an iconic backdrop for the inaugural SailGP event. Each national team will compete in fleet races, culminating with the top two teams racing for a place on the winner’s podium in a match race on Saturday afternoon.
 
HOW TO WATCH:
 
SKY SPORT
 
SKY Sport will have LIVE coverage of Day 1 & Day 2 of Sydney SailGP
 
Where: SKY Sport 3 Where: SKY Sport 4
When: Friday 15 February, 6.00pm
Where: SKY Sport 4
When: Saturday 16 February, 5.00pm
 
SKY GO
 
Sailing fans will also be able to access LIVE coverage of Sydney SailGP via the SKY GO app and website. 
 
FAN PASS
 
FAN PASS subscribers will be able access the LIVE coverage of SailGP, this Friday and Saturday.
 
SKY SPORT HIGHLIGHTS APP
 
Highlights clips will be available on the SKY Sport Highlights app. The app is available from the itunes store and Google Play store.
 
PRIME
 
Prime will also have free-to-air highlights of SailGP.
 
SKY Sport is currently producing a SailGP documentary to introduce the brand new, cutting edge sailing championship to sports fans in New Zealand. Details of the screening times will be released at a later date.

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