Good speed and smart tactics on official practice race day
The training days in Marseille have mostly been light and shifty and the British SailGP Team has seen everything from 1-12 knots over the last three days. The training seemed to pay off for today’s four practice races where the team posted some solid results and seemed to foil quicker and higher than many of their competitors around the race track. However, those conditions are not at all reflective of the windy and challenging conditions forecast due to kick in for race weekend.
“Today was a light and training day but it’s still always great to get four races in against the other teams,” commented Dylan Fletcher, Skipper of the British team, “It gave us the best preparation to move into the final race weekend of the season. There is more wind forecast tomorrow so conditions will be very different but we had some good starting practice today which carries over. Today also showed how much closer the racing action will be now that it’s the end of the season, for sure we will see the tightest racing ever over the next few days and any mistakes will be costly. We had a great day with strong performances and are looking forward to the real action tomorrow.”
The Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final is going to offer some thrilling action over the next three days with sailing’s biggest prize purse up for grabs, along with the incredible new SailGP Championship trophy, designed by Thomas Lyte. The British team are embracing the race for a podium position and focusing on delivering some solid race results after disappointing events in New York and Cowes.
The free SailGP Fan Zone at the J4 Esplanade will feature big screens and commentary, concessions, the SailGP Fan Shop, the trophy presentation on Sunday and athlete appearances. The team are encouraging all British fans in Marseille to come down and cheer on the team. For the fans back home, BT Sport (details below) will show the live races and the best way to follow the gripping action over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
TIMINGS AND HOW TO FOLLOW THIS WEEK-END’S RACING ACTION:
Friday 20 Sept – 3 fleet races scheduled to start from 1430 hrs local time
Come down to the Marseille Race Village at j4 Esplanade and watch it live.
For followers and fans back at home in the UK, see below how to follow the action:
Friday 20 Sept, live on BT Sport 1 at 1330 BST
Saturday 21 Sept, live on BT Sport ESPN at 1330 BST
Sunday 22 Sept, live on BT Sport ESPN at 1330 BST
SailGP App: Supplementary video and data; full race replay (on completion of day’s racing)
Facebook @SailGP: Full race replay (on completion of days racing)
YouTube@SailGP: Full race replay (on completion of days racing)