The first F50s have hit the water in Saint-Tropez to begin training ahead of this weekend’s France Sail Grand Prix.

Germany and Canada were the first two teams to hit the water on September 6, while the United States, Switzerland and France will join Canada and Germany for an extra day of training on Thursday. The full 10-strong fleet will undertake practice racing on Friday, September 8, before racing takes place on September 9-10.

Season 4 // Canada F50 underway in training with Saint Tropez in the background

Five fleet races will be contested across Saturday and Sunday, before the three-boat, winner-takes-all Final on Sunday.

Season 4 // Head on view of German F50 underway in Saint Tropez

Saint-Tropez marks the first of three back-to-back European events and marks the league’s third visit to the city after events in Season 2 & 3.

It comes after Season 3’s event in the city bore witness to Quentin Delapierre’s France setting a new SailGP racing speed record - 99.94 km/h.

Season 4 // Stern view of German F50 during training in Saint Tropez

Delapierre’s home team will be eyeing a better result this weekend after a slow start to Season 4, while Australia will be looking to extend its lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Season 4 // German F50 during private training in Saint Tropez

Fans will be keeping an eye on Diego Botin’s Spain, which triumphed in LA, while Ben Ainslie’s Emirates GBR will be looking to establish a firm foothold in the season after a lukewarm start.

Season 4 // Germany SailGP Team with Saint Tropez city in the background

After Saint-Tropez, fans won’t have long to wait for their next racing fix. The league will remain in Europe for the ROCKWOOL Italy Sail Grand Prix | Taranto on September 23-24.

Season 4 // German F50 in training in Saint Tropez at the France Sail Grand Prix

The France Sail Grand Prix | Saint Tropez will take place on September 9-10, with racing scheduled between 1.30pm- 3pm CEST. Full broadcast and how to watch details can be found HERE.