It’s good to be the outsider >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The US SailGP team was away during SailGP’s inaugural season, but they retooled during the pandemic and now have a real chance of winning the season two championship. Now led by two-time America’s Cup champion Jimmy Spithill, he offers this update after the Spanish Sailing Grand Prix:
Caps, near crashes, crazy starts – it was a wet, wild and, man, just super exciting race. When these F50 foil boats are fully loaded at speeds close to 100 km / h, they are crazy machines to control. You’re literally running over the edge – and a split second can tip everything over.
It’s a fine line between risk and reward. You are constantly in avoidance mode. The guys who pushed the hardest were quick, but the most important thing is to keep the boat – and the people – in one piece.
As a SailGP pilot you have to lower the hammer and push the limits, but there are seven other boats doing the exact same thing, so potential collisions are never far away. Especially with the adrenaline rush, lots of water pouring over the cockpit and the pressure.
Of course you want to win – but trust me, no one will look back and remember who won the individual regattas during the season. It’s about that million dollar showdown in San Francisco – our home event – in March 2022, when we see the Season 2 SailGP Champions crowned.
Under difficult conditions, if we keep doing what we are doing, it will lead to success. There is no magic, no shortcuts – just hard work, dedication, and a strong team ethic that never says die.
Male or female, all I ask of my sailors is that they be ready to put the team ahead of them. We have a tight-knit team – without it we would not have been able to meet the challenges we have faced this year and still be in the position we are in.
The Australians lead the SailGP with two events to go, and they are the team to beat right now in the windy conditions. They deserved to win in Spain, and at this point in the season the standings don’t lie.
But we all breathe into their necks and the weight of the pressure and expectation is on them to play at home. They tend to finish first or last this season. I’m sure they will receive incredible support in Sydney… but trust me, it’s good to be the underdog.
Source: Extract from Red bull
The Spanish Sailing Grand Prix concludes the European stage of SailGP Season 2, with the circuit now moving to Sydney, Australia – home of defending champions Slingsby – on December 17-18 for the penultimate event before the Race to San Francisco, scheduled for March 2022.
Spain final results (team, bar)
1. Australia, Tom Slingsby
2. United States, Jimmy Spithill
3. Great Britain, Ben Ainslie
4. Japan, Nathan Outteridge
5. New Zealand, Peter Burling
6. Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
7. Spain, Phil Robertson
8. France, Quentin Delapierre
SailGP Information – Spain Details – Facebook
How to watch – Results – Notice board – Crew lists
SailGP Season Championship (after 6 events)
1. Australia, 45 points
2. United States, 44 points
3. Japan, 44 points
4. Great Britain, 40 pts
5. New Zealand, 36 pts
6. Spain, 35 points
7. Denmark, 33 points
8. France, 31 points
Format of SailGP events:
• The teams compete against each other on identical F50 catamarans.
• Each event takes place over two days.
• There are three races each day, totaling six races at each event.
• The first five fleet races involve all teams.
• The final match race pits the three best ranked teams against each other to be crowned champion of the event.
• The season ends with the Grand Final, which features the Championship Final Race – a match-based race where the winner takes home the $ 1 million prize.
SailGP Season 2 Schedule *
April 24-25, 2021 – Bermuda Grand Prix
June 5-6, 2021 – Italian Grand Prix – Taranto
July 17-18, 2021 – British Grand Prix – Plymouth
August 20-21, 2021 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Grand Prix – Aarhus
September 11-12, 2021 – French Grand Prix – Saint-Tropez
October 9-10, 2021 – Spanish Grand Prix – Andalusia
December 17-18, 2021 – Australian Grand Prix – Sydney
January 29-30, 2022 – New Zealand Grand Prix – Christchurch (CANCELED)
March 26-27, 2022 – United States Grand Prix – San Francisco (Season 2 Grand Final)
*Subject to change
Teams 2021-22, barre
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
France, Quentin Delapierre
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie (alternate – Paul Goodison)
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
New Zealand, Peter Burling (alternate – Arnaud Psarofaghis)
Spain, Jordi Xammar (alternate – Phil Robertson)
United States, Jimmy Spithill
Founded in 2018, SailGP aims to be an annual global sports league featuring fan-centric coastal races in some of the iconic ports around the world. Rival national teams battle it out on identical F50 catamarans, the season culminating with a $ 1 million race per match.