ROCKWOOL Denmark SailGP Team secured back-to-back race wins on Sunday at
Spain Sail Grand Prix, to equal their best-ever result in SailGP.
The Danes – who finished in second place overall in Cádiz – dominated the fleet races despite light winds, to book their place in the final race in front of thousands of spectators lining the sea wall.
United States SailGP Team took the event win, as Team ROCKWOOL edged out trophy-holders Australia to claim the runner-up spot in the final European event of SailGP Season 4.
The result leaves ROCKWOOL Denmark in second place in the overall championship, seven points behind leaders Australia with almost half of the calendar raced.
“We’re really happy with our performances here in Spain – we didn’t really put a foot wrong all weekend,” says driver Nicolai Sehested.
“We had all types of conditions in Cádiz, and we deserved our spot in the final, but we just couldn’t make it pay despite leading over the line.”
The Spain Sail Grand Prix marks the culmination of steady and consistent progress which has seen ROCKWOOL emerge as genuine contenders for the SailGP top spot since kicking off the new season in Chicago in June.
“Since San Francisco at the end of last season, we’ve been dominating the first day of racing, and for one reason or another, we’ve not quite carried it through to Race Day 2 – so we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to come into the racing today with momentum and confidence,” he explains.
“To grab two race wins in really challenging conditions is really encouraging and I think it is testament to the hard work of the whole team. We take every opportunity we can to improve and learn and I think it shows in the results.”
He adds: “It isn’t a shock anymore that we’re up there in the mix, and we have other teams looking at us and trying to figure out what we’re doing differently, which is a compliment and shows just how strong we are becoming in a range of conditions.”
Next up, the SailGP fleet heads to the Middle East for the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix on 9-10 December.