Tuesday, July 26, 2022

By: Sport Industry Group

SailGP, the climate-focused sailing series, will take a significant step forward in its ambition to be the most sustainable and purpose driven global sports league, with some of the most progressive technological and sustainable clean energy innovations in on show and in action at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth next weekend.

Hosted in Britain’s Ocean City, home to the UK’s first National Marine Park, Plymouth’s natural amphitheatre will provide the venue for the third event on SailGP’s global Season 3 calendar, as nine teams race not only on the water but for a better future powered by nature.

In partnership with Aggreko, a global provider of mobile modular power, Plymouth will boast the largest solar array SailGP has ever used and will display bio-methanol fuel as an energy source at a live event within the UK for the first time in history. This will enable the entire race village to be 100% powered by clean energy, whilst also supplementing wider energy across the site.

Aggreko will also continue to utilise other previously seen renewable energy technologies such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), which will be used to power the famous Trinity Pier and Clyde Quays where SailGP’s Technical Area is located, home to its world-class athletes and cutting-edge F50 race boats.

The Great Britain Sail Grand Prix will be the most sustainable on-water event ever with the largest number of electric solutions integrated across the race weekend through agreements with RS Electric, Evoy and Vita, as part of SailGP’s target to power its entire on-water fleet by clean energy by 2025.

SailGP Global Director of Purpose and Impact Fiona Morgan said, “As we’ve seen Britain shatter its record for the highest temperature ever registered last week as a direct result of climate change, now more than ever all businesses, including sports organizations, need to act.

“It’s great to be back in Plymouth and collaborating with a wide range of key partners and suppliers to find innovative solutions to minimize our impact, focusing on clean energy. These are just a few steps in our ambition to be fully powered by nature by 2025, but it’s a real showcase of how we need to work together to tackle the climate emergency and every change makes a big difference.”

Out on Plymouth Sound, Sir Ben Ainslie will make his SailGP debut on home waters at the Grand Prix, hoping to lead his Great Britain team to a victory. Currently, Tom Slingsby and his Australia SailGP Team are dominating the competition.

In the lead up to the event Ainslie described Plymouth Sound as a challenging but great venue. “It ticks all the boxes, it can be baking hot with a light sea breeze or pouring rain and blowing 25 knots (29 mph), you just don’t know what you’re going to get. But you also don’t get many opportunities to race at home at this sort of level and it’s extra special to race in front of a home crowd.”  

The SailGP British Grand Prix takes place from Saturday 30th July to Sunday 31st July in Plymouth. All of the action will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and YouTube.