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1 JANUARY 2019Feature
by Bob Test2
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  • Chris Draper
  • Great Britain

GBR TRIUMPHS TO END 2-RACE WIN DROUGHT

Relive the drama as Great Britain SailGP Team go within striking distance of the world title. Watch the comeback story unfold.

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SailGP 2019 Sydney Leaderboard

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PositionTeamHelmPtsPosTeamHelmPts
1Australia flag iconAustralia
Tom SlingsbyTom Slingsby
48
2Japan flag iconJapan
Nathan OutteridgeNathan Outteridge
45
3Great Britain flag iconGreat Britain
Ben AinslieBen Ainslie
36
4China flag iconChina
Phil RobertsonPhil Robertson
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4France flag iconFrance
Billy BessonBilly Besson
33
6United States flag iconUnited States
Rome KirbyRome Kirby
31

TEST - Editorial Text w Introduction World champion and Olympian Dylan Fletcher leads this national team of top British sailors into battle.

The team will be managed by world class sailor Chris Draper, Bronze Olympic medalist with two America’s Cup cycles under his belt, most recently as Sailing Team Manager and Wing Trimmer with Softbank Team Japan for the 35th America’s Cup. Great Britain SailGP skipper and helmsman will be Dylan Fletcher, Rio 2016 Olympian, current 49er World Champion, and ranked no 1 in the 49er world rankings.
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SailGP 2019 Final Season Leaderboard

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PositionTeamHelmPtsPosTeamHelmPts
1Australia flag iconAustralia
Tom SlingsbyTom Slingsby
229
2Japan flag iconJapan
Nathan OutteridgeNathan Outteridge
223
3China flag iconChina
Phil RobertsonPhil Robertson
171
4Great Britain flag iconGreat Britain
Ben AinslieBen Ainslie
169
5France flag iconFrance
Billy BessonBilly Besson
164
6United States flag iconUnited States
Rome KirbyRome Kirby
163

Career Highlights

  • 2004: Olympic Bronze - 49er
  • 2006: World Championship Gold - 49er
  • 2005: World Championship Silver - 49er
  • 2004: World Championship Silver - 49er

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Chris Draper

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Height174cm / 5’8”NationalityGreat Britain
Weight65kg / 143lbs HometownDorset, UK

From a young age, Chris Draper has been involved in sailing, racing Optimist dinghies. At 12, he won the national title and began traveling internationally representing Great Britain on the world stage, going on to win the silver medal at the Youth World Championships. That was eventually followed by Olympic success, partnering with longtime teammate Simon Hiscocks to earn the world No. 1 ranking in the 49er class for five consecutive years, winning multiple world and European titles en route to a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.

A bit of a speed demon, Draper then moved on to faster boats. Winning the Extreme Sailing Series in 2009 raised his profile and saw him get signed up by Team Korea, followed by Luna Rossa Challenge and most recently with SoftBank Team Japan for the 35th America’s Cup as wing trimmer.
Draper will use his knowledge and experience from SailGP Season 1 as he continues to lead the Great Britain SailGP Team as CEO into Season 2.

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