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SailGP ‘Indefinitely Pauses’ Japanese Team’s Participation in Season 3

18th July 2022
Japan SailGP Team racing in San Francisco in the closing event of Season 2 this past March, where they finished second overall
Japan SailGP Team racing in San Francisco in the closing event of Season 2 this past March, where they finished second overall Credit: SailGP

SailGP organisers made the surprise announcement on Friday (15 July) that they were pausing the participation of Japan SailGP Team “indefinitely”.

According to Sail-World, the move was prompted by a shortage of boats, with only nine vessels ready to sail for the 10 confirmed teams in Season 3. A tenth is under construction but was not expected to be available until after Season 3’s third event in Portsmouth later this month.

It’s understood that SailGP Japan, skippered by Nathan Outteridge, was believed to be the team with the least sponsorship among those without a full franchise, despite their second-place finish in Season 2. Organisers cited “logistical and commercial considerations” in their decision.

SailGP’s statement added: “The league would like to thank Nathan Outteridge and all of the athletes and staff involved in the Team for their outstanding performance in the first two seasons of SailGP and wish them all the very best for the future.

“Season 3 will continue with nine teams racing for the remainder of the season.”

The current season kicked off in Bermuda on 14-15 May, with Chicago hosting the second state on 18-19 June. Australia, skippered by Tom Slingsby, has won both events thus far — with Great Britain (Sir Ben Ainslie) and Canada (Phil Robertson) trading the other podium positions.

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About SailGP

SailGP unites world-class athletic talent and cutting-edge technology. Eight teams representing Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States will contest eight events held in as many countries over an 11-month period. Following the season opener in Bermuda, the championship visits renowned sailing locations in Italy, the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Spain and New Zealand. San Francisco, United States, has the honour of closing proceedings with the Grand Final on 26–27 March 2022. Among those vying for the crown is the Great Britain team led by Rolex Testimonee and four-time Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Sir Ben Ainslie, who says: “The sailing world was crying out for the creation of such a concept. SailGP is a major milestone in the evolution of yachting, but it also represents continuity. The combination of state-of-the-art technology and sporting prowess is widening the appeal of sailing.

At A Glance – SailGP Season 3 Schedule 2022-2023

2022
May 14-15 Bermuda Sail Grand Prix
June 18-19 United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier
July 30-31 Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth
August 19-20 ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix | Copenhagen
September 10-11 France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
September 24-25 Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía - Cadiz
November 12-13 Dubai Sail Grand Prix

2023*
March 18-19 New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch
May 6-7 United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco (Season 3 Grand Final)

*further events will be announced to complete SailGP Season 3.

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