New Zealand strategist Liv Mackay has revealed the key moment of Chicago’s Final, which saw the Kiwis walk away with the first event win of the season.

Speaking on the latest episode of Reaching the Apex with SailGP reporter Genny Tulloch, Mackay pointed to bottom mark, which saw the Kiwis gain the inside track and split away from the Canadians in light wind conditions.

“It was a pretty defining moment with that split,” she said. “I wouldn’t say it was high stress, there was definitely some intensity involved and I’m happy that it paid off.”

Racing in a four-person crew configuration due to light winds, Mackay stepped into a grinder position on board but said she was more ‘jib focused’ due to it being ‘pretty light’. “It was completely different and I really enjoyed it,” she added.

Season 4 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Liv Mackay in Mixed Zone

New Zealand gained entry into the Final by picking up a 4-2-2-3-8 fleet racing record and won the event after beating Canada and fierce rivals Australia.

Reaching the Apex is sponsored by financial services provider, Apex Group, which has teamed up with SailGP to drive equity for female progression in male dominated environments.