SailGP made its way to the windy city this past weekend for event number two of Season 3. The weekend brought a variety of conditions; though Chicago did not quite live up to its name, bringing light winds for a large portion of racing. Regardless of the wind, the event was not short on excitement. With nine F50 teams, Season 3 is the biggest season to date. Matching this growth is SailGP Inspire, SailGP’s community, education and outreach initiative. In Season 3, teams and local sailing clubs have even more of an opportunity to connect both youth athletes and team professionals through the Adopt-a-Club program.
Local clubs joined SailGP Inspire by nominating two youth sailors, one male and one female, to participate in the RS Feva racing competition. Each local club is paired with an F50 team, with events throughout the week that allow the sailors to engage and connect with their partner team.
RS Sailing has been a partner of SailGP Inspire for the last two seasons. The use of the RS Feva is ideal for the local sailors because of its easy-to-use controls and simple design. Even sailors that have never sailed a RS Feva before are able to quickly pick it up in just a couple hours and be competitive around a race course.
RS Feva sailors competed on Saturday and Sunday, running a total of five races throughout the weekend. Their racing was aided by the use of MarkSetBot robotic buoys, another partner of SailGP Inspire. The entire course can be adjusted with just a few taps, keeping it square in the shifty and variable Chicago conditions.
Along with RS Sailing and MarkSetBot, SailGP Inspire partners with Rooster and Waszp. With a focus on growing the sport, Inspire partners with companies on the cutting edge of sailing and technology; creating a sport that is more diverse and sustainable.
SailGP and SailGP Inspire head to Plymouth, UK for event 3 of the season, running from July 30-31st. Stay up-to-date on all the latest SailGP Inspire news here!