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GALLERY: The best moments from the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix in Chicago

22 JUNE 2022Feature
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor
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  • T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix

The second event of Season 3 and SailGP's freshwater debut took place against the iconic backdrop of Chicago's skyline on Lake Michigan. Crowds lined Navy Pier and were treated to close-shore racing and plenty of drama.

United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago | Season 3 | Fleet | Racing

Phil Robertson's Canada had a bumpy start to their Chicago campaign. The team capsized shortly after hitting the water of Lake Michigan, bringing their first practice session to a premature end.

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Canada capsize in training

When racing began however, it was a different story. The team scooped two wins in the first day of racing, ending the day at the top of the leaderboard.

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Fred Pye celebrates Canada

Peter Burling's New Zealand also had a solid start, picking up the first win of the event and ending the first day in the top three.

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // New Zealand and helicopter

There were high hopes for Jimmy Spithill's USA, home favourites on Lake Michigan, but the team had a disasterous weekend, finishing with an 8-9-7-7-3 racing record.

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // USA disaster

Quentin Delapierre picked up his first win as Driver on the second day of racing, storming to finish first in the fourth fleet race.

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // France wins

Australia had a lacklustre first day performance and finished last overall in fleet race four in an uncharacteristically flat performance.

AUS 2

However, the team battled back to perform an incredible comeback. Tom Slingsby's team were first over the finish line in the fifth fleet race and scraped into the final by one point pushing Peter Burling's New Zealand down to fourth place.

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // GBR in final

Canada, Australia and Great Britain went to battle in the Final, with Australia executing a perfect race start and leading from the get-go.

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Australia celebrate on board

Great Britain and Canada trailed in Australia's wake and Tom Slingsby's team burst over the line to mark their fifth successive event win.


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