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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
SailGP Celebrates Local Partnerships

There was no shortage of support shown for the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess, the global championship’s long-awaited Season 2 opener.

The most memorable of starts to any of the Island’s sailing events so far, SailGP credits the partnership of locally based businesses and organizations for their unwavering support of its successful launch amidst a global pandemic.

With the world’s economies looking for creative and impactful avenues to stimulate growth, and international sporting bodies looking for meaningful ways to continue their operations, SailGP forged a path demonstrating how achievable this can be both on and off the water through local collaboration.
“SailGP is proud of the relationships developed with each of its Bermuda-based partners, especially during these challenging times. The confidence being placed in SailGP’s ability to safely deliver a world-class event is a testament to Bermuda’s forward-thinking approach to rebuilding during a pandemic,” said SailGP Chief Operating Officer, Julien Di Biase.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club - Title Partner of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. The epitome of hospitality, The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club provided the very best-in-class services from marina operations to large group accommodations, all the while keeping all guests safe, comfortable, and welcome.

West End Development Corporation (WEDCO) - Housing technical hubs, team sheds, and the Inspire program base, WEDCO’s infrastructure support was a key element to supporting SailGP’s roving headquarters.

Renaissance Re – As with any sports team, back-office support is critical to its overall operation. The generosity shown by the
Bermuda-based reinsurer was tremendously helpful with keeping the administrative teams connected.

BF&M - In addition to being the official local insurer for SailGP, the local insurance company’s support of sailing as recreational therapy for autistic youth, in particular, has been a core part of its community involvement since 2017 and aligns perfectly with SailGP’s goals for a more inclusive sport.

Appleby - Established for more than 100 years in Bermuda, along with its high-level support of sailing, the law firm’s support for SailGP’s ethos encompassing diversity and inclusion, and sustainability has offered a tremendous foundational backing.

Butterfield Bank - As a leading independent offshore bank and trust company, and Bermuda’s first bank with over 150 years in business - the benefits of having the strength of a well-established financial institution were invaluable during the inaugural event on the Island.
PwC - Providing critical data through sustainability and economic impact reporting, SailGP's goals for the future can remain measurable and laser-focused.

Current Vehicles - Aligned with innovative and climate-positive business practices, the clean energy partnership led to more discussions and actions involving sustainability and environmentally friendly solutions.

Butterfield & Vallis - Providing quality food, the leading on-island distributor enabled crews and teams to remain fueled for the duration of the training period right through to the event’s completion. A valuable partnership that allowed for healthy minds and bodies to deliver a high-adrenaline weekend of entertainment.

Goslings Rum - Topping off the event, the homegrown Rum and Ginger Beer brand - established in 1806 – a quintessential addition to the roster of partners embodied the cultural essence and happy, hospitable nature of the island and its people.
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