There’s just two days to go until the third installment of Season 4, with the France Sail Grand Prix taking place in Saint-Tropez this weekend.
The 10-strong F50 fleet will go head to head for glory across five fleet races and a three-boat, winner-takes-all Final - and the first F50s have already hit the water in preparation.
Germany and Canada were seen training on September 6, before they were joined by Switzerland, the United States and France on September 7.
The whole fleet will have the chance to size each other up on Friday for practice racing before official racing takes place on September 9-10.
All eyes will be on home team France, which has had a slow start to the season and currently sits in 8th on the overall Championship leaderboard. But France will be trailing a new flight controller in Saint-Tropez.
Could this mark a turnaround for Quentin Delapierre’s team, or will limited training time with their new crew member prove detrimental to the performance of Les Bleus?
Elsewhere, Spain will be looking to repeat their historic victory in Los Angeles while Australia, at the top of the season leaderboard, will be looking to extend his lead over the wider F50 fleet.
Saint-Tropez also offers the chance for Ben Ainslie’s Emirates Great Britain to gain a foothold in the new season, while Peter Burling’s New Zealand - runner up in the Season 3 Championship - will be eyeing an improved performance to pull the team up from its current 5th place position.
The event marks the first of three back-to-back European events in Season 4. After saint-Tropez, SailGP will visit Taranto for the ROCKWOOL Italy Sail Grand Prix before proceeding onto Cadiz for the Spain Sail Grand Prix in October.
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.