Halifax not on list of hosts for 2024-25 SailGP season

Halifax not on list of hosts for 2024-25 SailGP season
Halifax not on list of hosts for 2024-25 SailGP season

After Halifax hosted a record-breaking event, the SailGP race will not return next season.

Organizers have announced the list of host locations for the 2024-2025 season. Canada is not among them.

Fifty thousand spectators attended the race in Halifax last June. There were huge crowds on the quays of Halifax and Dartmouth, as well as on the water.

“The event that Halifax put on was truly second to none and I think, in my personal opinion, this is the best Sail GP event we’ve ever had,” said Canada Sail GP Team Manager Jennifer Hall.

The United States tops the event list with the most destinations. There are three races scheduled in the 2024-25 season. One each in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

SailGP fans showed up hours before the races in Halifax on June 2, 2024. (Jonathan MacInnis/CTV Atlantic)

The criticism online was swift and direct.

An angry social media commentator said: “Stupid decision not to return to Halifax. Fast ticket sales, great crowds and perfect viewing location.”

U.S. team SailGP boats are pictured in Halifax Harbour on May 29, 2024. (Jonathan MacInnis/CTV Atlantic)

Another commenter wrote: “Interesting that Canada wasn’t included,” while another replied: “A slap in the face to all Canadians.”

Frank Denis, director of Sail Nova Scotia, said he was disappointed with the decision.

“We are going to work hard and we are going to engage stakeholders,” he said. “All government stakeholders wanted to go back by 2026.”

“We have a saying in the sailing world: We can’t change the wind, we can only adjust our sails and that’s what we do,” said Sarah Flanagan, president of Sail Nova Scotia.

SailGP hopes to return to Canada in 2025-2026.

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