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Just the beginning for Switzerland SailGP Team in Bermuda

15 MAY 2022News
  • Switzerland

Bermuda delivered stunning sailing conditions for the second - and final - day of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess. Two races were sailed, taking it to five races in total for the Swiss team across the weekend.

It was another consistent race for the team, led by Geneva’s Sébastien Schneiter and they made gains where they could to place 6th in race one and 8th in race two. The Bermuda event was the first for the new team and only the beginning of their SailGP journey. Defending Champions, Australia SailGP Team, went on to take the overall event win after beating the Canadians and British in the three-team winner-takes-all Final.

Driver Schneiter on the second day on the Sound, “It was a tricky day. We were really fighting hard at the starts and overall, we’re not that happy with our results but we’re aware that it was our first event, and the teams in this league are really good and at the top of their game.

“But I think we showed some good moments and some good signs for the future. We also have a much better understanding now; what the racing is about and what we can focus on, that can make a big difference. We saw in the racing over the weekend that it is the little details that make a big difference.

“Bermuda’s been amazing as a racing venue, especially for our first event, the conditions have been just perfect for us to train and learn in and everyone here has made us feel very welcome.”

Switzerland SailGP Coach, Jacopo Plazzi, on the team’s SailGP debut, “The team first sailed the F50 tgoether just over two weeks ago and all the athletes are racing in new positions - aside from Richard Mason – and I think that we have already come so far from where we started from.

“Over the weekend we managed to race up there with the teams who have been competing in this league for two seasons now - and these teams are the best in the game. This is just the beginning for us, everyone is already hungry for more and feeling ready to fight back next month.”

The nine-strong SailGP fleet will meet again in just over a month at the United States Sail Grand Prix in Chicago (June 18-19). The Swiss team then head closer to home this summer with four events in Europe from July to September.

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