The SailGP was scheduled to start on Saturday, April 24th however due to the predictions for “extremely light winds,” the first day of racing will be on Friday, April 23rd and due to global broadcast agreements, it will be pre-recorded and broadcast on Saturday.
A spokesperson said, “Approaching the opening weekend of SailGP Season 2 – the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess – The championship’s Race Management team has been carefully reviewing the forecast, alongside the league’s Official Weather Provider, AccuWeather.
“Saturday, April 24th was confirmed for the opening day of the season’s racing but the wind predictions are for extremely light winds, therefore it is highly unlikely racing can take place on that day.
“Friday, April 23rd was scheduled to be an official practice day and, in light of Saturday’s forecast, will now become the official opening race day of SailGP Season 2, which counts towards the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix leaderboard and will guarantee a great showcase of both SailGP and the island of Bermuda.
“Boaters in Bermuda are strongly encouraged to come out and support their teams and Bring Your Own Boat purchased flags will be valid for this day.
“Due to our global broadcast agreements, racing on Friday will be pre-recorded and broadcast at SailGP’s allotted broadcast time on Saturday – which is 2 pm local in Bermuda and distributed to all of our global broadcast partners, comprising 175 territories worldwide.
“Broadcast restrictions in these territories mean that SailGP cannot show the live racing on Friday so viewers should tune into the broadcast at the designated time on Saturday to catch the action. SailGP will not be publishing any race results or race content from Friday across its channels.
“Racing on Sunday, April 25th will be the second race day of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess.
“We are still encouraging our Bring Your Own Boat program, keeping in line with the no mixing of households. The goal is to create an exciting event for all, both here and our broadcast viewers.”