New Zealand and France picked up the same average speed in the Final of the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix, but the Kiwis clinched the win by sailing a significantly shorter distance.
Both teams raced at an average speed of 55.2 km/h, while Denmark had a slower speed of 50.7 km/h, according to SailGP Insights.
New Zealand sailed the shortest distance of the three teams, covering 9,744m in comparison to Denmark’s 9,814m and France’s 10,167m.
All three boats performed 10 manoeuvres throughout the Final, but fly times varied. New Zealand dominated once again, foiling for 89.4% of the race, while France picked up an 87.5% fly time. Denmark fell off the foils after it was handed a penalty for not keeping clear of France, resulting in the lowest fly time of all three boats - 82.6%.
The Kiwis had the best start to the race and were positioned just 4m from the line and sailing at 62.9 km/h. France was close behind - 6.8m from the line and moving at 61.4 km/h. Aggressive tactics from Kiwi driver Peter Burling however pushed Denmark to the edge of the starting box, leaving the home favorites 41.7m from the line and traveling at a significantly slower speed of 50 km/h.
New Zealand also had the highest speed recorded throughout the race, picking up an eye-watering pace of 82.2 km/h on the reach to mark one. France’s highest speed meanwhile was 78.3 km/h while Denmark’s was 76.8 km/h.
The lowest speed of the race - 37.5 km/h - was recorded on board the Danish F50 on the downwind Leg 6, while France’s lowest speed was 49.1 km/h and New Zealand’s was 49.2 km/h.
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