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SailGP's five biggest stories this week, from Rome Kirby's epic foiling attempt to SailGP's clean energy success

3 JUNE 2022Feature
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor

From an in-depth interview with US flight controller Hans Henken to the launch of SailGP Technologies, SailGP rounds up the biggest stories from this week.

SAILGP SPOTLIGHT: ON BOARD WITH US FLIGHT CONTROLLER HANS HENKEN

First up is our Spotlight interview with US flight controller Hans Henken, who spoke to us ahead of the United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier. Henken reflects on his journey to the SailGP circuit and how COVID almost ended his sailing ambitions for good.

INTRODUCING…SPAIN’S JAKE LILLEY, THE GRINDER WHO PUSHES HIMSELF TO THE LIMIT

In second place, is our introduction to Spain grinder Jake Lilley who joined the Spanish team at the start of Season 3. Lilley talks about his late introduction to sailing after a bike crash changed everything.

FOILING FOGO: INSIDE ROME KIRBY'S EPIC MISSION TO FOIL IN ICE-COLD WATERS

In third is American sailor and SailGP athlete Rome Kirby's epic expedition to foil in below-feezing waters. Kirby travelled to the most northern tip of Newfoundland and attempted to foil his Moth around the collection of icebergs known as Iceberg Alley.

SEASON 2 SUCCESS PROPELS SAILGP CLOSER TO 2025 CLEAN ENERGY TARGETS

In fourth is the news that SailGP has taken an important step towards reaching its target to be 100% powered by clean energy by 2025 after clean energy accounted for 70% of temporary event power used in Season 2. SailGP now begun a range of efforts to carry this momentum through Season 3.

SAILGP TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES TO DELIVER LEADING EDGE APPLIED INNOVATIONS FROM SEA TO SPACE

Last but not least is the launch of SailGP Technologies, which will deliver leading edge, applied innovations from sea to space. With award-winning capabilities in design, manufacturing, engineering, software and systems, SailGP Technologies will lead the way in high-performance, sustainable design and applied technologies.

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