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. 

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 full 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 train coaches. 

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