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Dramatic Capsize for Brits before Race start puts an end to their opening day

21 JUNE 2019News
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  • Great Britain

NOW ALL ON TO GET FIXED AHEAD OF TOMORROW’S RACING

In strong, gusty wind, the Great Britain SailGP Team capsized during training just 30 minutes ahead of today’s start of New York SailGP. All sailors are safe, with no injuries. The boat has extensive cosmetic and minor structural damage. The team is unable to participate in today’s racing, and it will be a challenge to repair the boat in time for tomorrow. This was the first capsize in SailGP history, just prior to the start of the third event of the league’s inaugural season.

Dylan Fletcher, helmsman of the Great Britain SailGP Team:

“All was going to plan with pre-start preparations, then we got hit by a massive gust of wind, the boat did a porpoise jump and we were over. The guys did an amazing job to get her upright quickly, but as can be expected, we are totally gutted and disappointed.” >

“Obviously a massively disappointing day for us,”

added Chris Draper, team CEO and wing trimmer onboard the boat,

“we were hit by an enormous lifting gust that caused the capsize. It’s irrelevant now, the most important thing now is how we regroup as a team and focus on getting the boat back out racing tomorrow."

The race results for the day for the remaining 5 teams were as follows:

Japan – 2, 1, 1 = 29 pts
Australia – 1, 2, 2 = 28 pts
China – 3, 5, 3 = 22 pts
France – 4, 3, 4 = 21 pts
USA – 5, 4, 5 = 20 pts

TIMINGS AND HOW TO FOLLOW THE SECOND DAY OF NEW YORK RACING

Saturday 22 June 2019
Local race times 1700 – 1830 hrs (UK times 2200 – 2330 hrs)

Come down to the New York Race Village and watch it live.
www.sailgp.com/newyork

For followers and fans back at home, see below how to follow the action: