7/09/2020 Article written by Matt Wilson, Director

The Sports Consultancy has been supporting the world’s pre-eminent stadium sailing league, SailGP, to engage cities across the globe to join the season 2 host city roster.  Through a structured process that has engaged Europe, the Middle East, North America and APAC over recent months, we are delighted to jointly announce that Plymouth will host the UK leg of the world’s fastest sailing class.

The adrenaline-filled racing between competing nations will take place on Plymouth Sound in partnership with Plymouth City Council, with support from Associated British Ports, English Cities Fund and Sutton Harbour Group.

SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “We are really excited to add Plymouth as the third event in Season 2 of SailGP. The British have a very talented team led by Sir Ben Ainslie and I’m sure they will receive a lot of local support in their bid for the global championship. Plymouth is a city that shares a lot of the same DNA as SailGP, with a strong focus on marine technology and well aligned with our sustainability objectives. It also provides great viewing opportunities for spectators, who can view the racing from an elevated position on Plymouth Hoe. We look forward to staging a fantastic event and working with Plymouth City Council to ensure we leave a positive lasting impression and legacy in the city.”

Pete Smith, deputy leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome one of the world’s most spectacular sailing events to Plymouth – where better to play host than Britain’s Ocean City. It’s going to be an unmissable weekend, with fast and furious racing that spectators can witness up close thanks to the natural amphitheatre provided by Plymouth Sound. As well as providing a thrilling experience for visitors and locals, the economic impact of the event has the potential to be huge. This is brilliant news, especially as we look ahead to the future and focus on post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The Sports Consultancy looks forward to announcing further successful host cities in the coming weeks.