SailGP global championship sees nine national teams battle it out in a high-tech, high-speed action-packed competition across the globe. It is famously one of the world’s most exciting races on water with vessels approaching 100 km/h in stadium-style courses.
Founded by two avid sailors, Oracle’s Larry Ellison and champion yachtsman Sir Russell Coutts, SailGP is an international sailing competition broadcast live in over 175 territories. Eleven events and nine competing teams race F50 foiling catamarans against each other in high-profile locations such as; Bermuda, Chicago, Saint-Tropez, Singapore, Sydney, and San Francisco with Dubai as the newest addition.
All vessels are designed, maintained, and operated by SailGP and share vital technical information with each other to ensure uniformity and guarantee all success is based on merit and not budget & technology.
With a grand prize of $1 million, some of the finest sailors in the world will compete in the third season of the championship with six races scheduled over two days for each Sail Grand Prix along with five fleet races and the final.
SailGP CEO Russell Coutts said: “We are thrilled to introduce the world’s most exciting racing on-water for the first time to a new wave of fans across Dubai and the wider Middle East. This would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated partners, P&O Marinas, Dubai Sports Council, and Dubai Tourism, as we work together to bring the world’s top athletes here to harness the power of nature. I am looking forward to seeing the nine teams showcase our spectacular F50s in Dubai.”
Hamza Mustafa, COO of P&O Marinas said: “At Mina Rashid, we look after some of the most exclusive yachts in the world. It is an honor and a privilege to host the first Sail GP event in Dubai.”
How to watch
Tickets are now available in several categories such as premium waterfront seats and grandstand seating. Those with their own boats can enjoy on-the-water viewing right on the race-course perimeter.
For detailed information, head to SailGP.com/Dubai or continue reading below about the ticket categories for the Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas.
Watch the high-speed action on the water from less than 50m away from the racecourse. Waterfront Access is situated in an exclusive part of the official spectator area, one with big screens and accompanying live race commentary. Guests will have access to the Race Village which contains a food and beverage zone, fan activations, and merchandise stands. Tickets are 35 AED for adults and 15 AED for children.
For more exclusive access, the Waterfront Platinum environment is undoubtedly the perfect place to be for any sailing enthusiast – while on land! Within the Platinum environment, our VIP guests will enjoy complimentary drinks, premium dining, grandstand seating, large screens, and exciting live commentary, taking you through every heart-pounding moment of each race. Live music will commence after racing. Tickets are 550 AED for adults and 300 AED for children.
Team Base Tours
Take part in an exclusive tour and go behind the scenes at SailGP. Through a Team Base Tour, enjoy an exclusive tour of the ‘pit lane garages’ where athletes and shore teams prepare the high-tech F50 race boats. The tour offers a rare chance to see SailGP’s elite athletes and the cutting-edge wing-sailed boats up close, as the teams prepare for battle at Mina Rashid. Tours are 85 AED for adults and 40 AED for children.
Bring Your Own Boat
Finally, watch the Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas, from your own boat, by getting the SailGP VIP flag to get the best vantage spot right on the racecourse perimeter, in the heart of the action. Enjoy exclusive access on both days of racing and access to the live race commentary via VHF. Two-day access is AED 1,000 per boat.
Boats without a flag will be held at least 200m behind the flag-bearing boats.