SailGP TO BE FREE-TO-AIR ON ITV
The world’s most exciting racing on water, SailGP, will now be seen by more viewers than ever across the UK with the announcement of a free-to-air broadcast deal with ITV.
Exclusive live coverage of nine event weekends will be shown on ITVX in the first standalone live sports commission for ITV’s streaming service which was launched in late 2022. And all events in Season 4 of SailGP will be available across the ITV digital and linear network, including ITV1, ITV4 and ITVX.
SailGP is launching its biggest season ever opening with the Rolex United States Sail Grand Prix at Navy Pier, in Chicago, on June 16 and 17, which will be streamed live on ITVX in the first of 18 live 90-minute race day shows on the streamer.
National teams in the mixed gender championship will battle at 12 iconic venues around the world across 2023 and 2024. Taking on the world’s best will be the Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team, led by the two most decorated Olympic sailors of all time, driver Sir Ben Ainslie and strategist Hannah Mills.
The British team dramatically qualified for last season’s three-boat Grand Final race for US$1million on the final day of the season, but finished third behind Tom Slingsby’s now triple defending champion Australia team and Peter Burling’s New Zealand SailGP Team and will be out to settle this score in Season 4.
After Chicago the action will head to Los Angeles with highlights for both events broadcast on ITV4 and live racing all weekend on ITVX. Later this summer the league will then head to Europe and the France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez will be shown on the network’s flagship channel ITV1, which coincides with the broadcasters’ coverage of the Rugby World Cup.
A full highlights show of the Season 4 Grand Final in San Francisco will also be seen on ITV1. All other events in the season will have highlights programs broadcast on ITV4.
The SailGP Season 4 events in Sydney, Auckland and Canada will be shown on ITV4 on delay to ensure the best possible viewing times for UK-based fans. All other events can be enjoyed in full either live or on-demand on ITVX, ITV’s streaming service along with coverage of SailGP’s behind the scenes series ‘Racing on the Edge’.