SailGP arrives in San Francisco as the world’s best hit the water with Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background during the 2022 Mubadala United States Sailing Grand Prix. Coxswain Jimmy Spithill leads the United States team United in the second season of SailGP. The United States Grand Prix marks the final events of the SailGP season and should be a decisive grand finale for the championship. Fans can watch the coverage for free online at SailGP Facebook page and Youtube. Fans can also watch TV coverage via CBS Sports Network and stream via Paramont+ and fuboTVwhich offers a free trial.
How to watch the 2022 Mubadala USA Sailing Grand Prix
What time does each event start? Where can I watch it on TV? – Race Day 1 will air delayed at 6:30 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network. Race Day 2 will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network live at 5 p.m. EST.
Direct: SCS | Sling | fuboTV | Paramont+ – Both days of racing will be available for free live streaming via SailGP Facebook page and Youtube. If you have a cable subscription, you may be able to stream online via SCS using your TV provider’s login credentials. If you don’t have cable, you can subscribe to fuboTV (free try), Sling Where Paramount+ (free trial) to watch online.
More coverage via The Associated Press
Team USA SailGP capsized its 50ft foiling catamaran just off Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay on Monday, six days before racing for the season’s $1million championship world league.
Helmsman Jimmy Spithill said there were no injuries and the boat was quickly righted and the crew returned to base. There was little damage and the team should be back on the water on Tuesday, said Spithill, a two-time America’s Cup winner in his first season in SailGP.
Spithill said the team was attempting a tack at over 40mph when a button stuck and the wing sail failed to pop. The boat rolled over with the starboard hull and the tip of the wing sail in the water and the port hull suspended in the air. The crew was in the starboard hull, along with guest rider Kai Lenny, a big wave surfer who, like Spithill, is sponsored by Red Bull.
“In many ways we were really, really lucky to have this happening in training, this dysfunction,” Spithill said by phone. “Obviously, if it had been a race day, it would be the race.”
Team USA has been involved in a number of racing incidents this season, but has still sailed well enough to qualify for the podium chase, with defending champion Team Australia skippered by Tom Slingsby. The Japanese team, skippered by Australian Nathan Outteridge, has the best chance of securing third place. Slingsby defeated Outerridge for the inaugural season championship in 2019 and the $1 million prize.
There will be three fleet races on Saturday in the Mubadala United States Grand Prix and two more on Sunday before the $1 million race. Spithill said American and Australian crews need to navigate fleet races with caution to keep their catamarans in one piece for the podium chase. With boats capable of going 100 km/h, the danger is always present. The Japanese team rammed into the American team in the season-opening regatta in Bermuda, knocking the American boat out of the competition. Spithill was leading the podium race in Italy when the boat hit a submerged object and had to retire.
Running for $1 million is “an amazing opportunity,” Spithill said. “I’ve never had that in my career, to have a final three-boat race, a 12-14 minute race, winner takes it all, a million dollars. It’s just unreal. There is no doubt that the Aussies are the favorites and we are the underdogs. The Aussies sailed well, but as we’ve seen it’s sometimes good to be the underdog in San Francisco.
Spithill was referring to the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay, when he pulled Oracle Team USA out of an 8-1 hole against Emirates Team New Zealand by winning the last eight races for one of the most big comebacks in the sport. Slingsby was one of Spithill’s teammates in this regatta.
Lenny said he was standing behind Spithill when the boat rolled over. The big wave surfer and kitesurfer said he was impressed with the calmness of Spithill and his crew.
“These things are just rockets,” Lenny said. “It was definitely very lively. I felt like I was on my toes the whole time. It was very physical. I wasn’t doing anything to keep the boat running, but I felt like I had to m ‘to win over.
Prior to the 2013 America’s Cup, Lenny raced his kiteboard against Spithill’s 72ft catamaran. Lenny got off to a great start before Spithill put the hammer down to edge ahead of his friend.
SailGP was founded by tech mogul Larry Ellison and five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand.