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Round up: SailGP’s five biggest stories this week

27 MAY 2022Feature
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor

From an in-depth interview with the first female WASZP raining winner to putting teams’ racing performances under the microscope, SailGP rounds up the biggest stories from this week.

Under the microscope: Bermuda Final flight times and top speeds revealed

First up is our analysis of Australia, Great Britain and Canada in the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix Final. SailGP Insights showed that winners Australia foiled for 99.9% of the final race while other figures included fastest speeds, number of manoeuvres made and distance from the start line when the race began.

“It came as a bit of a shock”: Rachael Betschart on becoming the first female WASZP racing winner

Next up is our interview with 16-year-old Bermudian sailor Rachael Betschart, who became the first female WASZP racing winner during the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix. Competing on the same racecourse as SailGP’s supercharged, one-design F50s, Betschart perfected her racing starts to fight off competition from seven other sailors. As for realising she’d made history? “It came as a bit of a shock,” she said.

USA’s Spithill reflects on ‘insane’ Season 2 and picks his top teams for Season 3

In third is an interview with USA Driver Jimmy Spithill, who discusses the ‘insane’ racing action of Season 2 and picks his top teams for Season 3. Speaking on the sixth episode of ROCKWOOL’s Into the Depths podcast, Spithill analysed Australia’s winning strategy in Season 2, which included “putting the hours in, making the correct decisions and trying to essentially outlearn the other teams.”

T-Mobile and SailGP unveils Season 3 partnership showcasing 5G in the world’s most exciting racing on water

In fourth is the news that SailGP has teamed up with T-Mobile to bring 5G technology to the world’s most exciting racing on water. As part of the partnership, T-Mobile has also teamed up with the United States SailGP Team to activate at U.S. events and within the U.S. broadcast on CBS.

Quickfire Q&A: Jérémy Bachelin, reserve athlete for Switzerland

Finally, we get to know Switzerland reserve athlete Jérémy Bachelin in a quick fire q&a. Bachelin, a newcomer to the SailGP racing circuit for Season 3, talks about his scariest sailing moments, his favourite SailGP locations, career highlights and more.

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