Sail Grand Prix makes Chicago debut on Lake Michigan

Sail Grand Prix makes Chicago debut on Lake Michigan

CHICAGO (TOC) — It isn’t precisely your common boat launch.

It takes a large crane to place an F-50 catamaran within the water.

“These are hydrofoil-in race boats that may hit as much as speeds 65 miles an hour. It is tremendous athletic tremendous enjoyable to look at,” stated Sail Grand Prix Spokesperson Laura Muma.

One of many fastest-emerging occasions made its Chicago debut in its third season. Sail Grand Prix is racing on recent water for the primary time.

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“A metropolis like Chicago is among the coolest locations you may sail. To have the boats in entrance of the skyline is such an unimaginable factor to be part of,” stated Staff Canada athlete Phil Robertson.

In addition to the unimaginable view, its shifting winds and unpredictable situations make Lake Michigan well-respected among the many 9 international locations competing. Sail Grand Prix has been in comparison with Method One on the water.

“We’re racing on the sting. The probability of capsizing crash may be very actual and getting extra frequent because the groups getting extra aggressive, working tougher, actually testing the boundaries,” Muma stated.

Every boat has six athletes on board. Sail Grand Prix requires a minimum of one feminine. They’re thought of the perfect within the sport. They embody Olympians and America’s Cup champions.

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“You have got the very bodily grinding positions, you’ve gotten the technique, the tacticians, the drivers,” Muma stated. “You must be completely into bodily form and on high of you recreation.”

Friday was a follow. Race time begins Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Navy Pier is the perfect place to catch the race. This yr’s circuit ends in San Francisco with a $1 million winner-take-all. Australia is the defending champion. Subsequent, yr Chicago is again on the schedule for Sail Grand Prix’s fourth season.

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