Photos: SailGP Area Set Up In Dockyard

April 4, 2021 | 12 Comments

With SailGP’s season two set to open in Bermuda later this month, the area in Dockyard has been set up to accommodate the event which will see teams from Denmark, Australia, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and United States take part.

A spokesperson previously said, “Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess takes place on April 24-25, 2021 with the eight teams participating in a pre-season training camp in the lead up to the event.

Denmark’s SailGP team practicing in Bermuda earlier this week

“Each team operates in a closed bubble, with all athletes and staff wearing PPE at all times, social distancing, and being tested regularly. Movement is tightly restricted to the event venue and the hotel. SailGP and the local authorities have put in place extremely stringent Covid-19 procedures to allow this event to take place.”

The organisers previously confirmed that “while the event is very much going ahead, in light of the recent government regulations, SailGP will not be proceeding with an exemption request for an on-shore spectator viewing experience at Cross Island.”

The event — which the BTA lists [PDF] as receiving $750,000 as a ‘Sail GP Hosting Agreement’ — is set to be broadcast in various nations including Bermuda (ZFB 7), Australia (Fox Sports), Denmark (TV 2 Sport), France (Canal+ Sport), Japan (DAZN), New Zealand (Sky Sport), Spain (TVE and TV3), UK/Ireland (SKY Sports) and the U.S. (CBS Sports).

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  1. This is a Crying Shame, After everything that has been cancelled for Bermuda and Bermudians, The Bermuda Government is still letting this go ahead and with all the expense from the public purse that has gone into this, Please don’t tell me that the America’s Cup # 2 Village is not going to be fully utilized for its guest, we weren’t born yesterday and we didn’t come in the last shower of rain.

    • Tom says:

      Just think what would happen if it was the oba doing this in de middle of a pandemic!!

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        There would be protesting in the streets. Social distancing observed of course.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      The reason so many things got cancelled was because Bermudians did it to themselves . Did you not notice the protocols that these guys are operating under ? You probably wouldn’t be able to endure them for 24 hours.
      Do you continue to hate the AC because it was a success pulled off by that party you love to hate or was it because you weren’t invited ?

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “Bermudians did it to themselves … You probably wouldn’t be able to endure them for 24 hours.”

        Your condescension is noted.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          As usual I have difficulty grasping your comprehension of other peoples posts. One example is you posting sarcastic comments and then not recognizing when others do it and taking them per verbatim.
          There was no condescension at all . Do you not believe that we are doing it to ourselves ? Do you think Duane would agree to the ‘daily routine’ that these overseas sailors go through to keep themselves and us safe ?

    • Unbelievable says:

      Why on earth are you so dead set against this event? Even if the pandemic wasn’t happening, you’d still be against it. As in the AC 35, there are Bermudian businesses making money from this. Why is that so hard to understand?

      • Dejavu says:

        Name two that aren’t owned by a member of the government. Bermuda isn’t making money from this, only the government

        • Unbelievable says:

          @dejavu – you are delusional and unattached from reality if that is all you believe.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “Why on earth are you so dead set against this event?”

        Because the PLP told us that AC35 was a giveaway of millions of Bermuda dollars to billionaires from across the world and it was the worst thing for Bermuda.

        Mr. Santucci is simply toeing the party line.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      What expense to the public purse? This is a nice ‘pick’ that Bermuda might not have had were it not for the success of AC35 & the welcoming they got from the Bermuda organisers.

      As can be seen people are here now preparing for the event. Equipment has been shipped in. Business for the Bermuda shipper. Those people are staying in a hotel. Employment for Bermudians at a time when tourism is virtually dead. They eat. They need transport.

      It all generates employment which is paid for in USDs, something Bermuda is sorely short of in balance of payments these days.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    AC costs were public, but I’ve not seen how much “public purse” is being spent on Sail GP. Please provide the numbers since you apparently know.

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