Back-to-back podium results for Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL leaves Nicolai Sehested’s crew sitting just two points off the top three at half-time at the Dubai Sail Grand Prix.
The Danes started strongly in the first two races of the first day, putting in impressive performances to grab two third-placed finishes in SailGP’s first-ever Middle Eastern action.
And, despite a disappointing third race which saw the fleet battle light, random and shifty conditions, the Danish boat heads into Race Day 2 with it all to play for.
“We’re happy with today – we feel we have done ourselves justice overall,” explains Sehested.
“We know that the most important thing in these Sail Grand Prix is to go into the second day still in with a chance, so we’re focused on coming out fighting and finishing the job tomorrow.”
Denmark is looking for a ‘Super Sunday’, and has a history of finding form on the second day of SailGP events – having secured a podium spot in both Plymouth and Copenhagen with impressive second-half outings.
“We do seem to have a habit of having one good day, and one not so good, and that’s something we’ve been working on a lot recently – trying to find that consistency,” admits Sehested.
“It’s up to us to show that we can carry that momentum and perform when it counts.”
Anne-Marie Rindom returned to the Danish boat, fresh from her World Championship victory in the ILCA6 class.
“It’s my first time onboard for a few months, so I’m really enjoying being back on the F50 – there’s no other boat like it,” adds Rindom.
“Today was challenging but we enjoyed it. We found our flow and it felt good. Now we have to make it count on Sunday where there are big gains to be made.”
Fans can tune into the second day of SailGP by heading to sailgp.com/watch. The action begins at 1500 local or 1200 CEST.