SailGp, the party is in Taranto: all set for a weekend of great sailing


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Early F50s in training in Taranto

The SailGp comes to Italy and does so at the picturesque Taranto race course on June 5 and 6, with the eight racing teams taking to the water in F50 catamarans. After the season opener in Bermuda, spectacular in many ways, there is curiosity surrounding the regatta’s arrival in Italy. In fact, the event lands in our country just as the tension of the Covid restrictions seems to be easing, and in a sailing community where the excitement of Luna Rossa’s America’s Cup is still lingering. For this reason, the public in Taranto, on land and at sea, should not be lacking. In addition to this, the regattas will also be broadcast by Rai and Sky, confirming the good media attention the movement is experiencing in Italy.

Then on the water will be sailors from the eight teams: the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, England, Spain, France and Denmark. James Spithill, Checco Bruni, Peter Burling, Ben Ainslie, Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge, many of the world’s best sailors, including America’s Cup and Olympic classes, are involved in the SailGp that will stop in Taranto. While the technical qualities of the protagonists are not in question, at times it has been the F50s that have left something to be desired when it comes to maneuverability, and the fleet racing formula lends itself to the surprise effect or the risk of accidents. Already in Bermuda we saw some good things with the dangerous collision between Team Japan (with Checco Bruni on board), and Team USA with Spithill helming. Russel Coutts and Larry Ellison have bet on an event that aims to bring concepts inspired by the world of Formula 1 to sailing and to be open to a wide audience, made up not only of sailing enthusiasts: the sailors, however, are strong, the spectacle on the water is there, and in Taranto there are the conditions to see some good racing.




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