SailGP makes US debut in San Francisco Bay

Bay Area

It was an exciting day along the Bay on Saturday as the Sail Grand Prix, short for SailGP, made its San Francisco debut. 

The new global sailing race drew thousands of spectators. 

“They’re just, honestly impressive,” Karol Zieba said. “…The boats are huge, and they’re just like turning and going fast. I’m just like honestly shocked and impressed.” 

Teams from the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain, and Japan are all competing in the championship competition.

Fans watched all the action along the shoreline as supercharged F-50 Catamarans zipped through the water, reaching speeds of close to 50 knots. 

“This is crazy sailing. This is super, super fast,” Steve Mitchell said. 

The best part— the event was free!

In the end on Saturday, Japan won all three races. The competition continues Sunday with a $1 million winner takes all match.

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