Germany team owner Thomas Riedel has said ‘the pressure is on’ to plan the team’s first ever home event for Season 5.

Speaking about the team’s debut performance in Chicago, Riedel said it was ‘absolutely’ the intention to have a home event in Germany and revealed the team is ‘already looking at a number of locations’.

Season 4 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Germany crew line-up

The ‘goal’, he added, is to hold the first SailGP event in Germany in Season 5, but ‘there is quite a way to go’. “Nothing is fixed quite yet, but we are on it,” he said.

There has been plenty of positive feedback to the launch of the team, which was first unveiled at SPOBIS 2023 in Düsseldorf in May, with Riedel ‘already seeing the demand from the German audience’.

Season 4 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Close up of Germany F50 on Day 1

“Having an event in Germany will make us super proud, and sailing in front of German fans will be fantastic,” he added.

Despite finishing at the bottom of the leaderboard, Germany’s debut performance in Chicago impressed, with Erik Heil’s team battling it out mid-fleet for much of the first three races.

Rolex United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier | Season 4 | Germany | Racing

Riedel previously revealed his expectations for the team’s first season in SailGP, adding that he is ‘cautious’ about setting concrete targets for such a young team.

Season 4 // United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago // Germany F50 with Chicago skyline

In an exclusive interview with The Dock meanwhile, he lifted the lid on the origins of the team and revealed why he pursued the involvement of F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.

To read more, sign up for The Dock HERE.