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Nathan OutteridgeNathan Outteridge
Jimmy SpithillJimmy Spithill
Nicolai SehestedNicolai Sehested
Billy BessonBilly Besson
Tom SlingsbyTom Slingsby
Taranto was founded by the Spartans and, with over 3000 years of history, stands between two bodies of water: the ‘Mar Grande’ and the natural reserve of the ‘Mar Piccolo’ and is known as the ‘City of Two Seas’. The unique natural harbor will provide the perfect setting for the adrenaline-filled racing, in front of a backdrop that marries the old and new of Southern Italy.
The city and its sea, besides being the nursery of dolphins and other aquatic mammals, are home to important museums and ancient traditions, hosted among the alleys, perfumes and panoramas of the old town. In Taranto, SailGP will offer a mix of pure adrenaline and ‘dolce vita’ for a stage that promises to become an event like you have never seen before. An event blending high technology and maximum respect for the environment that will cross some of the most crystal clear waters of the Puglia region.
In Taranto, SailGP will Race for the Future - championing a world powered by nature with the goal of accelerating the transition to clean energy. SailGP is setting a new standard as the first climate positive sports property and will deliver its event in Taranto with a minimum impact on the environment.
SailGP will work closely with the Municipality of Taranto on the common goal of a tangible social and environmental impact through local purpose and impact projects that bring lasting benefits to the region, and by involving the community in SailGP's Inspire Program - a youth and community outreach program focusing on young people between 9 and 23 years old. The program offers training courses, careers opportunities and racing for young athletes through it's three program pathways - Learning, Careers and Racing.
Taranto will be SailGP's second climate positive event, meaning we have measured, reduced and contributed the carbon footprint of the event already. SailGP is really proud to be the first organization to achieve both the Carbon Neutral International Standard and be part of the UN's Climate Neutral Now initiative.
Supporting this, SailGP has made sure fans purchasing tickets can enjoy their time at SailGP knowing their ticket is climate-positive, as SailGP has committed €1.50 from each ticket sale to contribute to a UN renewable energy project.
SailGP joins the list of international sports events hosted by Taranto. Most recently, in October 2020, Taranto held a stage of the prestigious Giro d'Italia - one of the three great cycling tours - and in 2026 will welcome 4,000 athletes from 26 countries to compete at the 20th Mediterranean Games.
The wonderful light, flavors and beauty of Taranto will make the Italy Sail Grand Prix a truly spectacular event that will not want to be missed.