01 Nov 2019
The World Sailing Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing and took place at the World Sailing Annual Conference in Bermuda. SailGP was also shortlisted in two other categories – the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award and the Hempel Team of the Year Award, which recognised the Australia SailGP Team’s performance in Season 1.
SailGP’s chief executive, Sir Russell Coutts, said that the award was a recognition of the company’s strategic development. “The F50s produced some spectacular racing and we ended the season with all teams winning at least one race,” he said. “The continuous development and innovation, incredible speeds and close nation against nation racing helps to set us apart. The incredible performance of the F50 plays a critical role in delivering an unmatched sporting experience to a global audience.”
Revolutionary wing system
The F50 was awarded the Boat of the Year prize as it is undergoing exciting design and engineering updates to ensure it stays at the forefront of the sport. Currently, new modular wingsails are under construction. A first-of-its-kind system, the wing comprises four modular sections that can be constructed together in different combinations to produce varying sail lengths from 18 to 29 metres, enabling the F50s to compete in a wide range of weather conditions. The new wings will debut at San Francisco SailGP, May 2 – 3, 2020.