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SailGP Global Racing League Unveiled At Spectacular London Launch

  • SailGP setting out to redefine sailing with thrilling new fan-centric grand prix racing circuit
  • International league to feature six national teams, visiting five iconic, inshore venues starting with Sydney in February 2019
  • Teams will race identical wingsailed F50s – supercharged catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier
  • Season culminates with single, $1 million match-race final between top two teams

Story: LONDON SailGP today set out to redefine sailing with the launch of its new global racing league: five grand prix events featuring six national teams on identical wingsailed F50s – the world’s fastest, most technologically advanced catamarans. Spearheaded by Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts, in season one, SailGP will bring intensely competitive, high-speed inshore racing to fans in Sydney; San Francisco; New York; Cowes, U.K.; and Marseille, France, as world-class crews compete for the championship trophy and a $1 million prize.

Kicking off in February 2019, SailGP’s inaugural season will feature teams representing six countries – Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States. Each five-person crew will race on identical 50-foot foiling catamarans. A new boat class, the F50 is a redesigned, supercharged incarnation of the exceptional AC50 used for the 35th America’s Cup last year. Twelve months in development at the hands of pioneering technicians and engineers at Core Builders Composites in New Zealand, the F50s are expected to break the 50-knot (60mph/100kph) barrier.

“SailGP is the evolution of sailing,” said Ellison, SailGP founder. “With equally incredible technology across our one-design fleet, we expect to see thrillingly close and competitive racing amongst national teams. And, with a modern, consistent format, SailGP will provide a new opportunity for talented sailors who want to race for their countries.”

“SailGP distills all of the most successful, exciting and relevant elements of high-performance, professional racing, while adding the extra edge that comes with nation-versus-nation competition,” said Coutts, SailGP CEO. “We are aiming to be pioneers of new technologies, boat design, commercial partnerships and global audience engagement. But with every crew on the same groundbreaking F50 catamaran, this isn’t a tech arms race, rather the ultimate test to establish the best sailing team in advanced foiling catamarans.”

Sanctioned by World Sailing, each grand prix will comprise two competition days with five fleet races, culminating in a final match race between the two leaders. After SailGP’s Sydney inauguration in February (15-16), the league moves on to San Francisco in May (4-5), New York in June (21-22), and Cowes in August (10-11), before the Marseille final in September (20-22), which features a winner-takes-all, $1 million championship match race between the season’s top two teams to conclude three days of racing.

“World Sailing is thrilled to be working with SailGP to bring a new, exciting and fan-friendly elite racing league to life,” said World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt. “SailGP is an ambitious project that is spearheaded by an incredible forward-thinking leadership team. We’re excited about SailGP’s commitment to innovate and advance the sport forward and by working in partnership, we will aim to inspire millions more people to fall in love with sailing.”

SailGP was created by Ellison and Coutts, who have been instrumental in the commercial development of competitive sailing. The innovative new professional sailing league – featuring an ongoing calendar of premium global racing among national teams in the world’s most advanced catamarans – will engage the next generation of fans and create a pathway for future sailors. SailGP will be a commercially driven sports property, eventually maturing to a franchise model. 

Renowned luxury house Louis Vuitton, which partners with the world’s biggest sporting events and packs the most legendary trophies; Oracle, industry-leading global provider of enterprise cloud computing; and Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles, join SailGP as founding partners. Additional details and sponsors will be announced at a future date.

With a primary goal of growing global viewership and broadening its fanbase, SailGP’s broadcast plans focus on comprehensive live coverage complemented by centrally produced highlight programs, and cutting-edge screen applications and services. Whisper Films has been appointed as the league’s host broadcast production partner and will play a key role in delivering a personality-driven broadcast utilizing patented and leading-edge immersive media technologies, while Talisman Sports and Media is handling global media rights distribution.

The Great Britain SailGP Team was also introduced to home fans during the London launch. Skippered by Rio 2016 Olympian and world champion Dylan Fletcher, Great Britain’s vastly experienced crew includes Olympic bronze medalist Chris Draper as team CEO and wing trimmer, Olympic silver medalist Stuart Bithell as flight controller, and Olympic champion rower Matt Gotrel and Extreme Sailing Series winner Richard Mason as grinders.

“The concept of SailGP immediately excited me,” said Great Britain helmsman Dylan Fletcher. “This league allows us to compete with and against the best, and to challenge ourselves in every way possible while sailing the world’s fastest catamarans. We have the opportunity to push the limits of our sport, and this is a very proud chapter in my career. What Larry and Russell have created is truly unique, and I am confident it will capture the attention of audiences around the world.”

The launch event took place at Tower Bridge in London. Following the formal program hosted by ITV’s Ben Shephard and featuring addresses by Ellison, Coutts, Hunt and members of the Great Britain SailGP Team, a visual and sensory display on the Thames’ South Bank provided a first look at what SailGP will bring to audiences around the world.


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Sir Russell Coutts, SailGP CEO

Dylan Fletcher, Great Britain SailGP Team Helmsman

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Dylan Fletcher – Great Britain SailGP Team Helmsmen

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Sir Russell Coutts – SailGP CEO

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Andy Hunt – World Sailing CEO

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B-Roll & Event GVS


SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP is an annual, global sports league featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph/100 kph). Visit for more information.

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Oct, 04, 2018



Silversea Christens New Flagship Silver Muse

– Silver Muse Christened By Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s Daughter Costanza Lefebrvre In Monaco

– The Ninth Ship In The Silversea Fleet Offers Highest Expression Of Excellence at Sea

MONACO – Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea welcomed His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Excellency Minister of State of the Principality, Serge Telle, His Excellency Archbishop of Monaco Barsi, Mr. Peter Greenberg (CBS-TV News Travel Editor, Master of Ceremony), Mr. Geoffrey Kent (Abercrombie & Kent Founder), Mr. Gerald Lawless (Chairman of WTCC), VIPs and other distinguished guests to Port Hercule in the heart of Monaco, for an intimate ceremony marking the christening of the latest addition to their fleet, Silver Muse.

The historic celebration, which was hosted by Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, and was honoured by the amazing performance of Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome, as well as the renowned Violinist Charlie Siem, providing to the ceremony with a very elegant and amazing atmosphere.

Silver Muse, the ninth ship in the Silversea fleet, caters for the most discerning passengers at sea, offering the highest expression of elegance and comfort, redefining the ultra-luxury cruising experience. Silver Muse and the Silversea brand truly symbolize what company wanted to bring into vogue with the association of tradition, luxury, personalized cuisine and service, elegance and more over Italian style.

Over the past two weeks, guests invited from around the world have had the opportunity to preview the new flagship on a number of exclusive sailings in the Mediterranean. Initial feedback from members of the press, trade and industry representatives alike has been overwhelmingly positive, with the quality of finish delivered by Fincantieri and levels of service by Silversea crew exceeding guests’ expectations.

Accommodating 596 guests, the ship boasts an unrivalled selection of dining options on board including three restaurants new to the Silversea fleet. These are Atlantide, a seafood and grill concept that represents the ultimate in excellence and creativity using the finest ingredients sourced from across the world; the Asian-accented Indochine; and an Italian-themed poolside restaurant Spaccanapoli which serves home-made Italian pizzas throughout the day. These help to give guests on Silver Muse a choice of eight restaurants and also the freedom to eat “anything, anywhere, anytime” on the ship.

The ship is also home to the unique Zàgara Beauty Spa which offers a sanctuary of leisure and comfort, transporting guests on a journey of the five senses tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

Monaco is not simply the base for Silversea’s operations, it is the natural home for the company’s proud Monegasque history. Silversea showcases the culture, traditions and values of the Principality with the world, with its nine ships visiting over 900 different ports of call each year.

For more information please visit:



· Mr. Roberto Martinoli, CEO Silversea Cruises

· Capt. Alessandro Zanello, Silver Muse Captain

· Mr. Manfredi Lefebvred’Ovidio, Chairman Silversea Cruises

· His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco

· Mr. Peter Greenberg CBS-TV News Travel Editor, Master of Ceremony

· Ms. Costanza Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silver Muse Godmother


· Silver Muse B-Roll – Exterior and Interior various

. Performance by Violinist Charlie Siem, Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome

· The Christening / Breaking of the Bottle

· The Signature of The Golden Book on the bridge

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All-Female Crew Of Ocean Racing Team SCA Provide Inspiration On International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global call for female equality and empowerment, and the day celebrated on March 8 every year is particularly pertinent to Team SCA.
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Story: AUCKLAND, New Zealand – International Women’s Day is a global call for female equality and empowerment, and the day celebrated on March 8 every year is particularly pertinent to Team SCA.
The all-female professional sailing team has demonstrated great resilience and courage in so far completing more than half of the Volvo Ocean Race – arguably the most demanding sports event on the planet – with the hardest part of the race still ahead of them.It is the first time in 12 years that women have competed in the punishing 38,739-nautical mile round-the-world yacht race – the ultimate test in human endurance. Swedish sponsor SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, is supporting the team as part of its campaign for women to participate fully in all aspects of society, including those usually dominated by men.

Skippered by renowned British single-handed sailor Sam Davies, Team SCA is about to start Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race -from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil – which promises to be the most brutal yet. The crew will face facing fiercely strong winds, deep waves, freezing temperatures and hazardous icebergs.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in October 2014 and will finish at the end of June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.


00:00:00- 00:00:30 – Interview with Australian sailor Sophie Ciszek
“I think it is really good to pick a day and focus on women – what they’re doing and what they’re achieving. You can get really caught up in what you’re doing and not look at the bigger picture, and forget how many people you’re inspiring and what you’re achieving yourself personally. Yeah, to have a day to celebrate it is amazing. And it makes me think about it – stop and have a think.”

00:00:31- 00:01:14 – Interview with American sailor Sara Hastreiter
I think personally, being an international day, I think about the discrepancies between the opportunities that women have in different places around the world, and I think about how lucky I am personally to be a part of this team where we celebrate women and their strengths every single day. When we go out to sea we are regularly getting updates from our media side, just sending us positive thoughts and words from around the world being inspired by us, and we are equally inspired to realize our message is bigger than just this race and what we are doing. We are doing it for our partnership with SCA but we are also doing it for the empowerment of women around the world.

00:00:01:15-00:01:50 – Interview with British sailor Dee Caffari
This is making sure you believe that you can go out there and do it, and it is something we ourselves as sailors have had to do – believe we can go out there and compete with the guys on the water and it’s now coming to fruition and therefor inspiring others to go “ah, we can do this too.” And it doesn’t have to be sailing around the world. It could be anything, but believing it’s there to be grabbed and that it doesn’t matter whether you are male or female and kind of eliminating this kind of gender inequality. And if International Women’s Day can raise awareness that this equality is not there then I think that is something we can then address and get better from that.

00:01:52-00:02:35 – Interview with Team SCA skipper Sam Davies in French

00:02:36-00:03:01 – Interview with Dutch sailor Carolijn Brouwer in Dutch

00:03:02-00:04:02 – Interview with Dutch sailor Carolijn Brouwer in Portuguese

00:04:03-00:05:14 – Interview with Dutch sailor Carolijn Brouwer in Spanish

00:05:15-00:10:52 (END)

Team SCA in Cape Town

Aerial shots

Crew getting changed into wet weather gear

Heavy weather sailing


Night shots

Big waves hitting the boat

General sailing shots

Crew sleeping/resting

Crew cooking using freeze-dried food

Serving up food

Navigation station shots

Washing hair on deck


Timelapse below deck

Dolphins alongside the boat

Mar, 06, 2015