The first F50s in SailGP’s nine-strong fleet have hit the water to begin practicing ahead of the league’s first event in the Middle East this weekend.
The Canadian and Spanish F50s were the first to begin foiling against Dubai's city skyline ahead of the Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas, which takes place on November 12 & 13.
Spain and Switzerland shared the Spanish F50 and, alongside Canada, practiced different crew configurations and manoeuvres in light airs. The two F50s were fitted with the middle 24m wing, but will be fitted with the biggest 29m wing for the light airs forecasted for tomorrow.
The three teams are all taking advantage of extra practice days allotted to new teams, with the rest of the fleet beginning training later this week. Practice racing will take place on Friday before official racing gets underway on Saturday and Sunday.
Spain and Switzerland, currently eighth and ninth on the overall Championship leaderboard, will be looking to improve on recent racing performances, while Canada currently sits in fifth after finishing fourth in Cádiz.