ROCKWOOL supports Denmark to compete in the world's fastest sailing event

SailGP is the fastet sailing event in the world with boats reaching electrifying speeds of more than 50 knots (100 km/h). The boats are designed using cutting edge technology and are built with one purpose: speed. The boats have no engines - instead they are fueled by their hard-working crews and powered by nature's winds.

At ROCKWOOL we share the belief in harnessing the power of nature and for us SailGP was a natural match. That is why ROCKWOOL is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the Danish SailGP for the 2020 season. In the words of our CEO, Jens Birgersson: "We think the competition is a great opportunity to inspire a new generation of sailing enthusiasts, connecting back to Denmark’s maritime traditions as well as to today’s focus on sustainability".

Below you can watch a recap of the most iconic moments from the SailGP 2019 season.

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We’re proud to bring a Danish team to the world stage for the world's fastest sailing event

Jens Birgersson

ROCKWOOL Group
CEO

What is SailGP?

SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and New York, SailGP is an annual, global sports league featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism.

The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph/100 kph).

SailGP will utilize short-format, inshore stadium racing to maximize impact and excitement. Each grand prix will include two competition days featuring a total of five fleet races leading to a final match race between the two leaders. Points will be accumulated in each race throughout the season, culminating with a final match race between the top two teams for the SailGP Championship, with a USD $1 million purse and trophy presented to the winning team.

You can learn much more about SailGP by checking out their website!

2020 Season Events

  • Sydney, AU 28-29 February
  • San Francisco, USA 2-3 May
  • New York, USA 12-14 June
  • Cowes, UK 14-15 August
  • More events to be announced

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The F50 is a revolutionary new concept in sailboat racing. A showcase of cutting-edge technology developed over the past 10 years.

Powered by a 24-meter wingsail and flying above the water on hydrofoils, the F50 marks a huge step forward. The F50 is a development, one-design class. This means the boats that take to the race course at each event are identical. Any performance difference is due to the skill of the crew. This is the huge benefit of one-design racing, and serves to promote close, exciting racing with an unpredictable outcome.

Unlike most one-design classes, the F50 remains open to development. Top designers and engineers will constantly improve and evolve the boats to increase their performance and ensure they remain cutting edge. Ideas and designs will be tested and then implemented on each boat at the same time, ensuring each improvement is applied equally across the fleet, making the racing faster and more competitive.

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F50 critical stats

  • Strict one-design, development class rule
  • Length overall: 15 meters
  • Beam (width): 8.8 meters (including appendages)
  • Wing Height: currently 24 meters, evolving to a 18m heavy air wing and a 28m light air wing
  • Crew: 5, consisting of helmsman, wing-trimmer, flight controller and two grinders
  • Crew weight limit: 438 kilograms (average of 87.5 kg per sailor)
  • Top speed: 53 knots
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The all-new Danish team will join six other national teams competing in the world’s fastest sail racing for the sport’s largest monetary prize of US$1 million. With ROCKWOOL’s support, the Danish team will compete in the global league that will kick off in Sydney Harbour in February 2020, and take them around the world including destinations in the United States, the UK, and on to other venues that will be confirmed.

Below you can find information on the current crew and pictures the new boat design. We are yet to announce the the of the crew, so if you are interested in following the Danish team, you can sign up for the newsletter below.

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