U.S. Sail Grand Prix Chicago kicks off Saturday at Navy Pier

CHICAGO (CBS)– Check out the United States Sail Grand Prix this weekend at Navy Pier.

From June 18 to 19, 10 national teams will race identical F-50 catamarans on Lake Michigan.

Athletes from  United States, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and Canada and Switzerland will compete in Chicago. 

It’s about to get real fun on Lake Michigan as all 9 @SailGP boats are hitting the water for day one of practice. Team Canada rolling out their boat, which weighs about 4,000 pounds *without* the sail. US Sail Grand Prix Chicago is the second race of season 3. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/p6LBTWWHQ1

— Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) June 16, 2022

This marks the first time the championship has ever competed on fresh water.

It’s not sailing most are used to, it’s high speed racing. The boats go up to 60 miles per hour during the race. 

CBS 2’s Meredith Barack spoke with Anna Weis, a U.S. athlete competing this weekend. 

“This is definitely some complete on sailing and not your leisurely everyday, go out and have fun, it is extremely fun, but there’s a lot on and there’s a lot of technicalities and teamwork that is required to make the boat go fast,” Weis said. 

Weis raced in the Tokyo Olympics and has worked with the Chicago Yacht Club to help aim coaches. 

Meredith Barack


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