As Season 4 heads to the Middle East for the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas, we look back on the season's three-stop European season with the best photos from France, Italy and Spain.

France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez

The first European event of Season 4 was packed with drama, close calls and near misses, with Jimmy Spithill's United States dramatically capsizing in practice before racing had even started.

Season 4 // United States capsize during Saint-Tropez practice - Jimmy Spithill

The drama continued, with a dramatic collision between Spain and Canada on Race Day 1, which ignited a still-rumbling feud between the two teams.

Season 4 // Spain and Canada close to collision on day 1 of Saint Tropez

There was plenty of close racing between teams, as the 10 international crews went head to head on the iconic Côte d'Azur.

Season 4 // New Zealand and ROCKWOOL Denmark on sprint to the finish line in Saint Tropez

As day one drew to a close, the drama continued. New Zealand's 29m wing collapsed in front of spectators just meters from the shoreline, but thankfully there were no injuries.

Season 4 // New Zealand F50 after wing damage in Saint Tropez

It was another solid performance from Diego Botin's Spanish crew, which came to Saint-Tropez fresh from securing their first ever event win in Los Angeles.

Emirates Great Britain's Saint-Tropez win ignites the team in Taranto

With fleet racing over, it was Emirates GBR, Australia and Spain that proceeded into the three-boat showdown.

Season 4 // Emirates GBR, Australia and Spain in Saint Tropez Final

Dramatic until the end, the Final saw a ferocious battle to the finish between Emirates GBR and Australia, but it was the British who secured the victory - their first since the beginning of Season 2.

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ROCKWOOL Italy Sail Grand Prix | Taranto

SailGP returned to Taranto for the first time since Season 2, with plenty of close fleet racing as the first day of racing got underway.

Season 4 // United States crashes down on the first day of racing in Taranto

Disaster struck, with United States flight controller Hans Henken injured during a dramatic nosedive in the third fleet race.

Taranto race day 1

The beautiful city skyline of Taranto provided the ultimate backdrop to the racing and Germany continued to impress in its 4th racing performance since joining the league.

Season 4 // ROCKWOOL DEN flies around the mark on day one of the Italy Sail Grand Prix in Taranto

There were plenty of close calls across the weekend, demanding super-quick thinking from SailGP athletes as the F50s flew around the course.

Season 4 // Emirates GBR crew celebrate with Union Flag after racing in Taranto

It was the United States, Australia and Emirates GBR that proceeded into the three-boat Final, but the wind quickly died - handing the victory to the British based on fleet racing performance.

Season 4 // Emirates GBR celebrate Taranto win from team chase boat

Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía - Cádiz

Spain and Canada's feud reignited when racing got underway in Cádiz - Spain collided with a race mark and caused damage to its F50.

Season 4 // Spain and Canada go head to head in Cadiz

Another close incident unfolded between Canada, France and Emirates GBR on the approach to the finish line of the first fleet race.

There was plenty of drama and heart-pumping action in Cádiz

France was foiling in from astern and overlapped Emirates GBR, then turned up quickly, which resulted in all three boats being squeezed together.

Season 4 // Switzerland, New Zealand and Emirates GBR race on day one of Cadiz

But after five fleet races, it was once again Australia that proceeded to the three-boat Final, alongside the United States and ROCKWOOL DEN.

Season 4 // Close up of Australia driver Tom Slingsby in Cadiz

Light wind conditions challenged crews when the Final got underway and an early jibe by the United States turned out to be critical.

Season 4 // United States celebrate on board after winning in Cadiz

Jimmy Spithill's United States won the Final with a commanding lead, sealing the team's first victory of Season 4.

The F50 fleet will next meet at the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas on December 9-10.

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