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Victoria shortlisted to host an upcoming Sail Grand Prix competition


With BC’s capital bordered by water, it may come as no surprise that the city is in the running to host an upcoming Sail Grand Prix (SailGP) competition.

SailGP calls it the “most existing racing on the water” and says the 2023/24 event, anticipated to attract visitors from across the globe, could be coming to one of four Canadian cities, including coastal Victoria.

“It would also generate significant economic impact, enliven the sailing community and produce international media coverage that would elevate the host city as an iconic waterfront destination…” SailGP said.

Following a competitive domestic bid process with interest from over ten potential cities, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Kingston, Ontario; and Montreal, Quebec, are also shortlisted to host SailGP season four.

“It’s a great testament to the impressive growth of our championship to see so much interest from coast to coast in hosting the first Canada Sail Grand Prix event,” said Sir Russell Coutts, SailGP CEO.

Coutts finds Canada has “a passion for high-level sport” and says during last weekend’s United States Sail Grand Prix in Chicago, the support poured in for the Canadian team, which includes Victoria’s own Jareese Finch.

According to SailGP, the host city selection process will close in late October to give the winning locale enough time to prepare for the event.

“Our vision is to create a catalyst for the growth and fan accessibility of the sport of sailing in Canada,” added Fred Pye, founder of the Canada SailGP team.

“Bringing a SailGP event to Canada for the first time, on home waters, would be an extraordinary experience for Canadian fans and our athletes.”

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