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SailGP launches host city bidding process

SailGP has launched the bidding process for its Season 3 edition, starting in 2022, shortly before its expanded second season.

SailGP launches host city bid process

The series is looking to receive offers from cities that are committed to creating a better future and to be a part of its sustainable global racing calendar.

The second series of the SailGp opens in less than 50 days and features eight events across three different continents.

Future SailGP host cities will have to commit to two key impact projects and sign the league's Climate Action Charter. The projects will include one on energy 'powered by nature' for the city and a 'blue carbon project' to maintain or restore critical carbon-sequestering shoreline ecosystems, to protect the waters that SailGP racing will take place.

SailGP has highlighted that cities are responsible for more than 70 per cent of the world's energy-related carbon emissions and having become the first climate positive sports and entertainment property, it is setting a new standard for major event hosting and is now targeting a 55 per cent reduction of its carbon footprint and is looking to become powered by nature by 2025.

"We want to use our platform to undertake bold and creative activities that achieve our goal of helping to accelerate the global transition to clean energy," said Sir Russell Coutts, CEO at SailGP.

"SailGP Season 3 will set a new standard for sport globally through our aspiration to assemble the most sustainable global events calendar in sport.

"Therefore we are inviting cities that share our passion for the environment and clean energy to become a part of history and host a SailGP event in Season 3 and beyond.” Beyond positioning themselves as a global leader in sustainability and clean energy – plus the association with a world class climate positive global event – host venues will also benefit from direct economic impact.

"In its inaugural season, SailGP generated an average impact of $23 million per event and attracted a worldwide broadcast audience of 256 million across five events. These economic and environmental benefits are matched with community engagement opportunities through SailGP Inspire – the league’s inclusive community, education and outreach initiative – and SailGP’s Race for the Future purpose-driven agenda."

Fiona Morgan, Director of Purpose and Impact, SailGP added: "Our ambition is to be the most sustainable and purpose-driven global sports platform. We believe the power of sport can make a big difference to educate and tackle climate change, and next season will be another step in using our platform to do just that.

"We want to work with host cities that share our values and commitment to a cleaner and better future, and together – working with like-minded cities and partners – believe we have the power to change the world, one event, one city at a time."

Author: Jake Wilkin