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Flying Foilers

4 AUGUST 2019News
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Champion kite foiler Olly Bridge flies behind the Great Britain SailGP Team F50.

Three time European Formula Kite Champion Olly Bridge flies 72 metres in the air behind the world's fastest sail racing boat - the SailGP F50.

COWES, England - August 5, 2019 - With just five days to go until racing kicks off at the European debut of SailGP in Cowes, the Great Britain SailGP Team have been out causing a stir on the Solent.

The team invited three time European Formula Kite Champion Olly Bridge to come and play with them in the Solent just a few days before the Cowes SailGP event - the penultimate event in the new global sailing league's inaugural season.

Olly Bridge kiteboarder

Attaching himself to the British team's wingsailed F50, the fastest sail racing boat in the world, Olly was towed up to an eye-watering 72m - that's three times the height of the wing of the F50 or in layman's terms, the height of six double-decker buses on end.

The team are now focused on the real action at the end of the week: "It was epic to pull off the Flying Foilers stunt with Olly, especially as we're all pretty keen kitesurfers ourselves. We had no idea what would actually happen! But now our sites are firmly set on Cowes and doing our home crowd proud next weekend," said Dylan Fletcher, helmsman of Great Britain SailGP Team.