The Spain Sail Grand Prix Andalucía - Cádiz presented by NEAR kicks off tomorrow. From Australia’s wafer-thin lead to Sébastien Schneiter stepping back into the driving seat, we round up the biggest things to look out for before racing gets underway on September 24.
Will AUS fall off the top of the leaderboard?
Currently sitting top of the leaderboard, Australia only has a wafer-thin one-point lead over the Kiwis, with 42 points ahead of 41. The Aussies have failed to qualify for two consecutive Finals and have gone three events without a win. Can Tom Slingsby keep his cool and blast the Aussies back to dominance in Cádiz?
Will the U.S. prove Saint-Tropez wasn’t a flash in the pan?
The U.S. team is riding high after sealing its first ever event win in Saint-Tropez. The team performed in both heavy winds and light air conditions, making an impressive comeback after disappointing results so far this season. Just two weeks later, the team is back together in Cádiz but can it keep the momentum to secure another podium finish and prove that Saint-Tropez wasn’t just a fluke?
Sébastien Schneiter takes back the reins
With Nathan Outteridge engaged with other commitments this weekend, co-driver Sébastien Schneiter is taking back the reins of the Switzerland SailGP Team. After two events in the sixth sailor position behind former Japan driver Outteridge, it’s time to see how much Schneiter has learned - can Switzerland take advantage of the steady wind conditions and climb up the fleet?
Jordi Xammar’s first home event
Taking over the helm in San Francisco last season, Spanish driver Jordi Xammar hasn’t yet had the chance to impress at a home event. With the team taking full advantage of SailGP’s centralised data team and identifying key areas of improvement, could Cádiz be the event where Spain finally challenge for a podium position?
Women's Pathway: One year on
Cádiz marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Women’s Pathway Program. Since then, female athletes have been on board in 100% of races around the world and are continuing to shape the future of the program. SailGP’s goal is achieving gender equity – creating an inclusive sporting championship where the best athletes in the world have equal opportunity to compete on the F50.