The excitement ramped up on Thursday as the entire SailGP fleet took to the iconic waters of Saint-Tropez ahead of this weekend’s Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix.
Following France’s solo session on the Gulf of Saint-Tropez on Wednesday, the remainder of the nine-strong F50 line-up joined Quentin Delapierre’s team for Thursday’s practice – spending a few hours getting used to the waters and testing our various manoeuvres and tactics.
A second practice session is planned for Friday afternoon, ahead of official racing starting at 14:30 CEST on Saturday.
The fifth event of Season 3, the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix sees SailGP return to the glitz and glamour of the Côte d'Azur one year on from Japan’s Season 2 win in the French town. New Zealand will be aiming for a third successive event win following victories in Plymouth and Copenhagen, whilst reigning SailGP champions Australia will be hoping for a much improved performance than their showing in Saint-Tropez last year, when they finished a disappointing last place.
Local favorites France, meanwhile, finished second in Copenhagen last time out and will be eyeing an historic home win under driver Delapierre to improve their bid for a spot in this season’s Grand Final.