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SailGP’s five biggest stories this week, from Ben Ainslie’s racing tactics to a quickfire Q&A with Nina Curtis

15 JULY 2022News
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor

SailGP rounds up the biggest stories this week, from our interview with Great Britain Driver Ben Ainslie to the news that Japan’s involvement with SailGP has been indefinitely paused.

SailGP Spotlight: Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie talks racing tactics ahead of his first SailGP home event in Plymouth

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Ainslie with skyline

First up is our exclusive interview with Great Britain Driver Ben Ainslie, one of the best known athletes in SailGP, who is gearing up to race his first SailGP home event in Plymouth this month. Ainslie discusses race tactics and the unique advantages of the team being a third party owned franchise.

SailGP indefinitely pauses participation of Japan SailGP Team

United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco | Season 2 | Japan | Racing

Next up is the unfortunate news that the participation of Season 2 runner-up Japan has been indefinitely paused. The difficult decision took logistical and commercial considerations into account. Season 3 will continue with nine teams racing for the remainder of the season.

Quickfire Q&A: Australia’s Nina Curtis on career highlights and why she enjoys beating fellow Aussie Jimmy Spithill

Season 3 // Australia SailGP Team // Nina Curtis crew shot

In third is our quickfire Q&A with Australia strategist Nina Curtis, who talks first sailing memories, icons from the sport and her top ambitions for two-time SailGP winner Australia in Season 3.

Great Britain’s Hannah Mills: “It’s not longer acceptable to just be an athlete”

Season 3 // Great Britain SailGP Team Purpose Event // Hannah Mills and Ben Ainslie

In fourth was Great Britain strategist Hannah Mills' assertion that 'it's no longer acceptable to just be an athlete'. Speaking this week, Mills stressed the responsibility of athletes to use their global platforms for good. Speaking at a Champions For Change event in London, Mills said athletes needs to be the ‘communicators’ for crucial climate messages.

The Scavenger Hunt: Canada vs Switzerland

In fifth is our fast-paced scavenger hunt, which pits Canada’s Isabella Bertold against Switzerland’s Julien Henri Rolaz. Representing SailGP’s fledgling teams, the athletes search for niche objects around Chicago’s tech base in an effort to beat the other and there are some surprises along the way.

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