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SailGP's biggest stories this week, from our commentators' Chicago digest to SailGP's exclusive NFT exhibitions

1 JULY 2022News
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor

SailGP rounds up the biggest stories this week, from SailGP’s commentators’ Chicago debrief to the league’s first foray into the world of digital collectibles.

BEHIND THE MIC: SAILGP COMMENTATORS DISSECT WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE U.S. TEAM IN CHICAGO

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

First up, SailGP’s international commentators dissected all the racing action in Chicago, particularly the disastrous performance of the home favourites. Commentators Stevie Morrison, Todd Harris, David ‘Freddie’ Carr and Emily Nagel pointed to a number of explanations for the U.S. team’s below-par performance, including the absence of flight controller Rome Kirby and poor communication on board.

HOW AUSTRALIAN ATHLETE NINA CURTIS HELPED TO INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALE SAILORS IN CHICAGO

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Inspire // Female waszp sailors beneath Australian F50

In second place was news of SailGP’s Inspire outreach initiative in Chicago, which saw Australian athlete Nina Curtis meet eight young female sailors during event week. The eight sailors joined Curtis for an intimate Q&A session and a tour of the Australia team’s tech base in the lead up to racing.

SAILGP ATHLETES AND RACE FOR THE FUTURE PARTNERS JOIN FORCES AT THE UN OCEAN CONFERENCE

Season 3 // Purpose // UN Ocean Conference // Burling, Tuke and Hannah Mills

In third was the news that many SailGP athletes and their Race for the Future partners attended the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon to play their part in protecting and conserving the ocean. Athletes including Peter Burling, Blair Tuke and Hannah Mills attended the conference, which took place for the first time in five years.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: HOW AUSTRALIA BEAT CANADA AND GREAT BRITAIN IN THE CHICAGO FINAL

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

In fourth, we revealed the stats behind the performances of Australia, Great Britain and Canada in the T-Mobile U.S. Sail Grand Prix Final, which saw Australia pick up the fastest speeds and sail the shortest distance. Key numbers included a starting speed of 55.3 km/h for Australia and a foiling average of 97% for the Canadian team.

SAILGP STEPS INTO DIGITAL COLLECTIBLES WITH EXCLUSIVE NFT EXHIBITIONS IN CHICAGO

Season 3 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // NFT exhibition QR code

Last but not least, we recap SailGP’s first foray into the world of digital sport collectibles, which was unveiled in Chicago through two exclusive exhibitions at the @imnotArt gallery. Attendees from the local community, SailGP fandom and metaverse had their first opportunity to purchase a SailGP digital artwork, with all four of the league’s NFT collections on display.


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