Passionate Rivalries to Help SailGP >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


Rivalries fuel interest in the sport and merge into confrontation. Someone is saying something and before you know it you have fans taking sides. For a growing sports league like SailGP, this is good news.

Spanish team coxswain Phil Robertson and his aggressive starting tactics put him in the crosshairs of American team coxswain Jimmy Spithill, who was almost crushed in the British event. More recently in Denmark, British coxswain Ben Ainslie accused Japanese coxswain Nathan Outteridge of gooey tactics.

For SailGP to capture wide interest, heated rivalries can help and UK fans are overwhelmingly loyal.

The latest incident happened when Ainslie and his crew were deemed not to have given Outeridge’s Japanese team enough room at the weather mark, and were subsequently awarded a penalty from the referee. While it looked like there was plenty of room, the referees were reacting to Outteridge’s claim that there wasn’t.

Japan felt that Great Britain left them no room to follow their normal course around the left turn mark, whether they decide to take that option or not. Tactically, with Japan coming into the port, that left turn would have been lethal, so Outteridge continued to the right gate mark, but not before pressing the protest button. Ainslie penalty.

“It was like a low blow from Nathan and I think it’s something the referees need to take a close look at,” Ainslie said after the race.

British fans go wild on social media:

• “Outteridge plays the only way he knows how! ”

• “It was bad sportsmanship on the part of Japan who left no options for the referee. I hope Ben will mark the map of Japan at the next regatta.

• “Very clever handling of rules by Japan. One of the problems having a gate at the top or bottom of the course.

• “Japan visibly lowered to pass below the GBR because the GBR was to starboard indicates that Japan had no intention of rounding off the mark, but would clearly round off the other mark. ”

• “Outeridge’s speculative protest was upheld because he knew he had been beaten, but he used the rules and we just have to accept that he technically had the right to protest. Let’s just go back in there and beat them on the water like we know we can. ”

• “I expected more from Nathan Outteridge.”

Here is the incident:

Final result
1. Australia
2. Japan
3. Great Britain

Fleet race results (5 races)
1. Great Britain, 29 pts
2. Australia, 27 points
3. Japan, 25 points
4. United States, 24 points
5. New Zealand, 21 pts
6. Denmark, 19 points
7. France, 11 points
8. Spain, 11 points

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SailGP Season Championship (after 4 events)
1. Australia, 32 points
2. Great Britain, 30 pts
3. Japan, 28 points
4. United States, 26 points
5. France, 24 points
6. New Zealand, 23 pts
7. Spain, 23 points
8. Denmark, 22 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, Billy Besson
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.

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