SailGP: Switzerland will join a new team from season 3 | Sailing News
Sébastien Schneiter will be the helmsman of the new Swiss SailGP team; the team will join Season 3 of SailGP which starts in May 2022 and will be part of the competition for the next three years
Last updated: 29/09/21 12:13 pm
Switzerland will join SailGP as a new team from season 3 and will be led by Sébastien Schneiter.
Season 3, which kicks off in May 2022, will see the new team take on rival national teams from Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, New Zealand and the United States. .
Schneiter, who competed in the recent Tokyo Olympics in the 49er class, will be at the helm of a young and ambitious team that will wear the colors of Lundin Energy for the next three years.
“This is a major new chapter for Swiss sailing,” said Schneiter. “Our aim is to create a competitive team with the best Swiss sailors. We have to learn first, but our aim is to sail at the forefront and compete with the best.”
SailGP premiered in 2018 and is now in the middle of its second season.
The annual competition features some of the world’s best sailors competing against each other on identical F50 catamarans. Season 2 will culminate in March 2022 with a million dollar match race in San Francisco.
“We are very happy to welcome Sébastien and the Swiss team to SailGP – a new expansion franchise for the league,” said Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of SailGP.
It’s a really exciting time for SailGP as it brings us one step closer to growing the league to 10 teams and 12 events, delivering a consistent annual championship to the world’s best professional sailors.
Russell Coutts (Image – Loris von Siebenthal for SailGP)
“We can’t wait to see Sebastien and his team progress in the league and I have no doubts that they will quickly level up and compete alongside the best in the world.”
The Swiss team will be mainly made up of young Swiss sailing talents and experienced international sailor Tanguy Cariou will be their team manager. Finnish Swiss champion Nils Theuninck and Arthur Cevey also join the squad, which is set to grow rapidly.
“We chose SailGP because it is the best organized and most efficient professional championship in the world,” said Cariou.
“The boats are efficient one-designs, where the sailors make the difference. League management, marketing and promotion are also excellent, and an essential asset for teams and their partners.
“Finally, SailGP’s sustainable approach, which aims to minimize its impact on the environment through concrete actions, also corresponds to our philosophy in this regard.”
The Swiss SailGP team will participate in the next three seasons of SailGP, starting with Season 3 in May 2022 and the team has already started its introduction by attending and observing the events of Season 2.
The team’s goal will be to familiarize themselves with the class in their first season, before taking on the best SailGP teams and aiming for top performance.