After a long night and a massive effort by the British shore and SailGP Tech teams, the Great Britain SailGP team were back in action and hungry to resume racing after missing out on yesterday due to a shock capsize before the racing even started. Whilst the damage was significant, the efforts of the team of experts ensured that the race boat back fully back up to speed by this morning.
Two fleet races took place in glorious Manhattan sunshine with thousands of spectators lining the shore and the race boats literally metres from the front of Brookfield Plaza.
In the first race, the British team initially struggled to get off the line but made good and worked their way through the fleet to take a podium third place position. It was a race of massive gusts and complete lulls and lots of race lead changes and the Japanese team took the race win.
The second race pretty much continued in the same conditions – and it appeared to be all about placing the boat in the breeze and avoiding the wind holes around the course. Dylan and his team finished in 4th place after a number of position changes through the fleet. The last fleet race of the day was won by the USA team, taking their first race win of the series right in front of their home crowds.
The final match race between Japan and Australia was super close and saw Nathan Outteridge and his Japanese team finally take their first event win – a very happy team.
Dylan Fletcher, helmsman of the Great Britain SailGP Team, summed up this regatta,
"Definitely not a great event for us nor the outcome we were expecting which is super disappointing. Our capsize yesterday meant we did not benefit from involvement in those 3 races and then it was much harder to get back into the rhythm today. That said, we continue to learn and move forward and I am so proud of the team and how hard everyone worked to get us back out there racing today. I’m also super excited about the forthcoming Cowes SailGP event – its going to be epic.”
Overall results from the New York event:
The overall SailGP Season 1 leaderboard now stands as follows with Great Britain SailGP Team retaining 3rd place overall:
Tom SlingsbyTom Slingsby
Nathan OutteridgeNathan Outteridge
Rome KirbyRome Kirby
Dylan FletcherDylan Fletcher
Phil RobertsonPhil Robertson
Billy BessonBilly Besson
NEXT EVENT COWES SAILGP – 10 AND 11 AUGUST
The key highlight for the team to look forward to in Season 1 is racing in front of a home crowd at the Cowes SailGP event on 10 and 11 August 2019, which takes place during the first week-end of the world-famous Cowes Week, an event many of the team members have taken part in and one of the largest regattas in the world.
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