The team – which has moved into the top three in the SailGP Season 3 season championship – took third place at its home event, following a bumper day of racing which saw the fleet battle it out in four races on the same day for the first time ever.
New Zealand SailGP Team claimed overall victory after a close contest with the home team, and France SailGP Team in the three-boat final – and Denmark driver Nicolai Sehested admitted that his team was happy to have made its mark on home waters.
“It was a fantastic day of racing, and we can’t complain about the end result – our second consecutive podium finish, and a solid result in front of our amazing Danish fans,” he says.
“The result is especially pleasing for us as we showed real consistency today, finishing in the top three in every race, and that’s something that we have been working hard on over the past months.”
As the fleet took on four races, Denmark grabbed a pair of second-placed finishes and two thirds to secure its place in on the podium.
Sehested continues: “I feel pretty good about this event, the fact we made the podium race again, we are only going to get better. We’ll look at this final, and learn and keep improving. We have had this great confidence around our team for a long time now and it’s finally really getting there for us.”
Thousands of fans turned out to watch the racing at Nordhavn, with some of the closest action to shore on the SailGP calendar. For the first time in 12 months, Australia SailGP Team didn’t make the final – with a fifth, third and fourth consigning them to an early finish.
However, the Aussies did take one victory on Saturday. Ahead of the racing, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary competed in a royal race onboard the Danish and Australian boats, with the latter grabbing the win by just 0.5 seconds.
Next up, the fleet heads to Saint Tropez for France Sail Grand Prix on 10-11 September – as Sehested and his crew look to complete a hat-trick of consecutive podiums to close the gap on the overall season leaders, New Zealand SailGP Team.
ROCKWOOL DENMARK SAIL GRAND PRIX | COPENHAGEN // FINAL STANDINGS
1 // New Zealand // 10 points
2 // Australia // 9 points
3 // Denmark // 8 points
4 // Australia // 7 points
5 // United States // 6 points
6 // Canada // 5 points
7 // Switzerland // 4 points
8 // Spain // 3 points
9 // Great Britain // 2 points
SAILGP SEASON 3 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after four events) //
1 // Australia // 36 points
2 // New Zealand // 32 points
3 // Denmark // 28 points
4 // Canada // 27 points
5 // Great Britain // 26 points
6 // France // 24 points
7 // United States // 19 points
8 // Switzerland // 11 points
9 // Spain // 11 points