Sailboats capable of freeway speeds will be competing this weekend on San Francisco Bay in the Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix.
SailGP’s eighth and final event of Season Two takes place Saturday and Sunday, with activities centered around the St. Francis Yacht Club near Crissy Field.
Teams from the United States, Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand and Spain will be competing aboard their F50 foiling catamarans, which are capable of 60 mph speeds. Earlier this week, both the Americans and Australians capsized. There were other close calls as they pushed the limits preparing for Sunday’s final $1 million race, which will determine the Season Two champion.
Jimmy Spithill, the U.S. SailGP Team CEO and driver, is best known for masterminding the 2013 America’s Cup comeback in San Francisco.
By Jane Tyska and Karl Mondon | Bay Area News Group