3 Sailing Events to Look Forward to in 2019

The Launch of SailGP

Larry Ellison is at it again with SailGP – a fleet of cutting-edge 15-meter catamarans that are predicted to exceed the 50-knot barrier while foiling. With its 24-meter wingsail, foils made of high modulus carbon fiber, and rudders made of high strength stainless steel – these boats will fly. Foil rake, cant, wing twist and jib sheets are all battery powered and there will be a flight control system that will be operated by a joystick. Onboard cameras and microphones will give the audience the feeling as though they were in the cockpit calling tactics. A series of five match races across four countries will end in a winner takes all 1-million dollar race.

SailGP will launch in February of 2019 in Sydney Australia and will race in the San Francisco Bay in May 2019 (hint: tickets are already available if you want to see the race aboard USA 76). Visit their site for details – if you love sailing as much as we do, we know you’ll want the details now.

SailGP's F50 catamaran's in action.
SailGP’s F50 catamaran’s in action.

The 31st Trans Atlantic Race

The 31st Trans Atlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island to Cowes, England. This 2,960 nautical mile race is one of the longest yacht races open to both professional and amateur racers worldwide and is organized by Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club, and the Storm Trysail Club. The last Trans Atlantic race took place in 2015 with 38 competing yachts including the renowned Comanche that set a set a new record by sailing 618.01 miles in 24 hours, and became the first monohull to break the 600-mile barrier. The 2019 Trans Atlantic Race kicks off on June 25, 2019 so stay tuned for details.

Another Season of Sailing on San Francisco Bay!

With the arrival of a new year and the promise of steady winds on the horizon, we can’t help but look forward to the 2019 sailing season (we know it’s not an event so don’t @ us, please). This year we will witness the Annual Three Bridge Fiasco in January, the 55th Edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series in September, and our beloved Fleet Week in October. Combine that with weekend regattas in the spring and daily beercan races in the summer and you have the perfect combination of fun!

Three Bridge Fiasco 2019 is something to look forward to on San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay, SF skyline and the 2016 Three Bridge Fiasco racers.

Additionally, ACsailingSF will be participating in the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Seaweed Soup Regatta (mid-winters). We will also participate in the South Beach Yacht Club’s Friday Night Series in the summer. During the height of our sailing season, you can book a public sail almost every day of the week. If you want to schedule a private or corporate event to enjoy the bay let us know. We love to share our favorite season with you!

So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for some exciting events on the Bay this year. We’ll see you out there!