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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.