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United States SailGP Team Ready for American Debut

3 MAY 2019News
  • United States
F50 fleet during practice racing today

SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2019 - Fresh off two weeks of intensive training on San Francisco Bay, the United States SailGP Team will debut their super-charged F50 race boat in front of an American audience for the first time tomorrow as the San Francisco SailGP event kicks off in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

“Every day we’re coming out, pushing the boat and pushing as a team,” said U.S. SailGP Team Skipper Rome Kirby. “We cannot wait to get out there and be competitive. We are right in the mix.”

Team analysts agreed, noting the young team’s marked improvement in boat handling and consistency, especially in today's freshening 13 - 18 knot conditions.

United States SailGP Team in action on the Bay today.

Kirby notes there is still much work to be done, however. “We are definitely taking away good learnings from practice racing today that we’ll discuss in tonight’s debrief and address. We’ll come out firing tomorrow.”

Kirby and the All-American team of Taylor Canfield (St. Thomas, USVI), Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.), Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.), and Dan Morris (Edina, Minn.), all have deep connections to San Francisco from either living near or racing in San Francisco Bay. The team is looking forward to having the home crowd support cheering them on this weekend when SailGP makes its United States debut.

“I think it’ll be epic racing here this weekend,” said Kirby. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have done this before in the 2013 America’s Cup and when you see a full grandstand and the shores of Marina Green all lined with people, it’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Anticipating the spectacle ahead, with six supercharged foiling F50 catamarans charging across San Francisco Bay, U.S. SailGP Team Grinder Mac Agnese can’t wait. “The racing is intense and super fun. Six boats in this breeze and the short courses right in front of the hometown crowds; it’s going to be amazing. I love it.”

Wing Trimmer Riley Gibbs sums it up: “The elements here really push you to your limits, and for us adrenaline junkies, it really tests your skills. Seeing these F50s out there this weekend will be incredible. We can’t wait.”

Exciting conditions on the Bay today, expected to continue into the weekend.


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