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GALLERY: The best moments from Bermuda Sail Grand Prix Race Day 1

14 MAY 2022News
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor

Season 3 has kicked off in style, with SailGP's nine-strong fleet of cutting-edge, one-design F50 catamarans hitting the iconic waters of the Great Sound in Bermuda. We round up the best pictures from the first day of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess.

The sold-out event was packed with shoreside crowds while fans also watched on from spectator boats as the nine national teams tore up the racecourse.

The Bermuda Sail Grand Prix marked the debut of newcomer teams Canada, driven by former Spain Driver Phil Robertson, and Switzerland, headed up by Sébastien Schneiter, the youngest Driver to join the league so far.

As the teams crossed the line into the first race, it was all eyes on Great Britain Driven by Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie, which swept into an easy lead early on.

Canada entered the league in style, securing their first race win in the second race after a close tussel with Great Britain and hitting a top speed of 68 km/h.

Great Britain dominated the day's racing, picking up a second race win in the third fleet race of the day after racing neck and neck with France on a final downwind sprint to the finish.

Elsewhere in the fleet, it was a disappointing day for Peter Burling's New Zealand, which finished seventh over all after becoming bogged down at the back of the pack for the majority of the day's racing.

The fleet have another day of action packed racing left to make their mark in this season opener. Two further fleet races will take place follwed by the all important Final, which will crown the event champion.

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