Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL heads to British shores this weekend for the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix, hoping to build on the recent positive momentum that saw them claim a first ever race podium last month.
The British SailGP event – which will take place in Plymouth on 17-18 July – is the first time that the global racing league has visited the United Kingdom since summer 2019, and will see the exciting F50 fleet racing at speeds of up to 100 km/hr in the famous Plymouth Sound.
And the Danish ROCKWOOL team, which claimed a first ever third placed finish in the final fleet race of the Italy Sail Grand Prix, is full of confidence thanks to some impressive performances during the Race Weekend in Taranto.
“We’re hoping to pick up where we left off,” explains Denmark SailGP Team driver Nicolai Sehested.
“We’re in a good place – we know we’re improving, and we’re counting down the days to the next event to put our learnings into practice.
“We were really happy to grab our first podium in Italy, but on reflection, we actually feel we could have finished even higher up the rankings. We’ve debriefed and we’re bringing our findings to the UK, where we will give everything to improve and to build on that result.”
Since last month’s Grand Prix in Italy, the Danish athletes have competed in the GC32 Racing Tour – securing an overall podium position in their first ever competitive racing in that class.
Sehested continues: “The opportunity to race in a GC32 between events is really important for us to develop as a team, and although the boat is not the F50, it is accelerating our learning in SailGP.
He adds: “It’s no secret that SailGP is an incredibly competitive fleet – probably the strongest group of sailors that has ever been seen in sailing.”
“As a new team, trying to close that gap in a fast, but sustainable, way, is extremely challenging. We know that if we are going to catch up, we need to be doing more than our rivals – working harder, being smarter, and spending more time foiling on the water.”
Following the action in Plymouth, the SailGP fleet will head to Aarhus for the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix in what is a debut homecoming event for Denmark SailGP Team.
Sehested continues: “It’s important for us that we go into the home event with some momentum and anticipation around our performance. This is the final test before we head to Danish waters so of course we want to go to Aarhus looking strong.
“Excitement is really building for the SailGP action in Aarhus, and we can’t wait to give our fans a front row seat to the best racing on the planet in just over a month. It will be an unmissable event.”
The Great Britain Sail Grand Prix takes place on 17-18 July. To catch all the action in Plymouth, head to sailgp.com/watch to find out where and when to watch in your market.