Outerridge: Racing for redemption on the Hudson

22 JUNE 2019News
Great Britain SailGP Team repairing its wing sail after yesterday's capsize.

Last night shore crews worked through the night to repair the wing of the Great Britain F50 and get them race ready following the first-ever capsize in SailGP history.

“In true British style, with a stiff upper lip we will put our disappointment behind us and come out fighting,” said Dylan Fletcher, the British helmsman.

Yesterday, teams experienced winds at both ends of the spectrum and had to navigate around the strong gusts and wind holes on the Hudson racecourse. Battling with the conditions and the high tech F50s to make it around the race course safely and in one piece.

“That was wild. Probably the wildest day yachting I have ever had,” said Phil Robertson, China SailGP Team helmsman. “It’s quite a tricky, little race track with some wild puffs and big breeze. We had moments where our top speed was 43 knots going into the bottom mark, which is not very pleasant to be honest.”

In a repeat of the last two SailGP events, the Japan Team are leading after the first day of racing, but at every event in the SailGP season thus far, the Australia SailGP Team has stolen the top podium spot out from under them on day two. Will today be the day that Nathan Outteridge’s Japan Team finally capture a title?

“Today is the important day of the event and we are in good spirits and ready to go,” said Outteridge. “The first step is to get the first two fleet races ticked off and make the match race. It’s not as simple as it sounds. It will be quite a tough day out there. We have lost two of them so far and it would be nice to come away from New York with a win but knowing the race course and what’s it’s like, anything can happen and we need to be prepared for that.”

Long-time rival and friend Tom Slingsby stands in the way and will want to ensure the Aussie’s perfect record stays intact and he will do everything to ensure that his record remains unblemished.

After both admitting that is was one of the most challenging days sailing they had ever had, the conditions today are for less wind but with a range of 14-25 knots it will still be all on for the six national teams, which will provide a spectacle for the fans on-water and on-shore.

One team that is looking forward to a more consistent days racing is the French Team of Billy Besson.

“For today, we are looking forward to the weather conditions - if it’s the same we will need to be more concentrated,” said Besson. “Staying focused and making it our job to try to move up the leaderboard each day.”

With plenty of action sure to take place on the Hudson, spectators should head to the free Race Village at Brookfield Plaza in Battery Park City. Racing begins at 5:00 pm EDT and limited tickets remain for on-water experiences that put fans up close and personal with the supercharged F50 catamarans.

The SailGP APP is the place to go for non-locals who don’t want to miss a second of the action, available on iOS and Android platforms; fans can pick a team and access onboard data, stats and footage from onboard the F50s.

For how to watch in your area head to SailGP.com/watch.

Japan SailGP Team heads into day 2 with a narrow lead over the Aussies.

Crew lists – day 2
Australia SailGP Team
Helm – Tom SlingsbyWing Trimmer – Kyle Langford
Flight Controller – Jason Waterhouse
Grind 1 – Ky Hurst
Grind 2 – Sam Newton

China SailGP Team
Helm – Phil Robertson
Wing Trimmer – Ed Powys
Flight Controller – James Wierzbowski
Grind 1 – Liu ‘Leo’ Ming
Grind 2 – Jinhao Chen

France SailGP Team
Helm – Billy Besson
Wing Trimmer – Matthieu Vandame
Flight Controller – Marie Riou
Grind 1 – Olivier Herledant
Grind 2 – Nicolas Heintz

Great Britain SailGP Team
Helm – Dylan Fletcher
Wing Trimmer – Chris Draper
Flight Controller – Stuart Bithell
Grind 1 – Matt Gotrel
Grind 2 – Neil Hunter

Japan SailGP Team
Helm – Nathan Outteridge
Wing Trimmer – Iain Jensen
Flight Controller – Luke Parkinson
Grind 1 – Yuki Kasatani
Grind 2 – Yugo Yoshida

United States SailGP Team
Helm – Rome Kirby
Wing Trimmer – Tom Johnson
Flight Controller – Taylor Canfield
Grind 1 – Mac Agnese
Grind 2 – Dan Morris