SailGP Season 3

Kiwi strategist Jo Aleh proves her worth as New Zealand dominates opening day In Plymouth

Plymouth, United Kingdom – 7/30/2022 – by Miranda Blazeby, SailGP Digital Editor – New Zealand enjoyed perhaps its best ever day in SailGP as Pete Burling’s team topped the rankings at the end of the opening day of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth, with freshly unveiled strategist Jo Aleh proving her immediate worth to the Kiwis. The Olympic gold medallist and former World Champion deemed ‘one of the best female sailors in the world’ by SailGP CEO Russell Coutts, joined the Kiwi team ahead of racing in Plymouth. The Kiwis picked up a 2-2-1 racing record in […]

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New Zealand stuns field in front of packed Plymouth shoreline with dominant day one display

Plymouth, United Kingdom – July 30, 2022 – By SGP – Peter Burling and his New Zealand SailGP Team produced one of the most impressive days seen on the water in SailGP, taking 28 points from a possible 30 on day one of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth. Burling took his team to three top-two finishes on Plymouth Sound to all but seal a place in the event final with two races still to be held. The other two places in the top-three are occupied by the Australian team, which claimed the day’s second race, and France, […]

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Great Britain suffers disappointing first day ruined by ‘three terrible starts’, Ainslie says

Great Britain – 7/30/2022 – by Miranda Blazeby, SailGP Digital Editor – Home favorites Great Britain ‘need a good day tomorrow’ after a disappointing first day of racing in Plymouth ruined by ‘terrible starts’, driver Ben Ainslie has said. The Brits struggled off the start line amongst a congested fleet in all three fleet races and were pushed to the back of the pack amid jostling competition. Speaking about the team’s performance, driver Ainslie said: “It wasn’t a great day – we’ve made life really hard for ourselves with our starts, which were terrible.” He added that the team would be […]

SailGP Season 3

Why Jimmy Spithill’s U.S. team failed to perform in front of home crowds?

Behind the mic: SailGP commentators dissect what went wrong for the U.S. team in Chicago 6/27/2022 – by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor – Poor on-boat communication and the absence of experienced flight controller Rome Kirby were key contributing factors to the disastrous performance of the U.S. team in Chicago, SailGP’s international commentators have said. Jimmy Spithill’s team failed to perform in front of home crowds on Lake Michigan and ended the weekend with a 8-9-7-7-3 racing record and in 8th place overall. The team struggled in gusty conditions, failing to execute clean starts and consistent manoeuvres. Commentators Stevie Morrison, Todd Harris, David ‘Freddie’ […]


Great Britain’s Hannah Mills: “It’s no longer acceptable to just be an Athlete”

United Kingdom – 7/13/2022 – Speaking at a Great Britain SailGP Team event held in partnership with SailGP’s Champions For Change, Mills said ‘it is no longer acceptable to just be an athlete’. “With the rise of social media and the visibility and the reach that many athletes have, you’re such an influence over the people that follow you and your sport and that’s a huge responsibility to be showcasing the right qualities.” She highlighted a study undertaken by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which shows that the cultural and global influence of athletes far outweighs that of politicians. “That just […]


SailGP Spotlight: Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie talks racing tactics ahead of his first SailGP home event in Plymouth

United Kingdom – 7/11/2022 – by Miranda Blazeby, SailGP Digital Editor – As the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time, Driver and co-owner of the British team Ben Ainslie is one of the best known athletes in SailGP. He joined the circuit ahead of Season 2, replacing former Driver Dylan Fletcher and, in October 2021, took majority ownership of the team in a first for the league. Despite this, Ainslie has yet to race at a home event, after personal commitments meant he was absent from last season’s Great Britain Sail Grand Prix. Interim Driver Paul Goodison stepped in, picking up fourth place […]


Extraordinary comeback sees Australia storm to victory in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – June 19, 2022 – The Australia SailGP Team continues to set the championship benchmark in SailGP Season 3, as Tom Slingsby, CEO and driver of Australia SailGP Team pulled off an impressive recovery to not only steal a last-minute spot in the event final but overcome Great Britain and Canada to win the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix, Chicago at Navy Pier.  Australia had looked set to miss its first event final since the France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez last September – after a last place finish in the day two opener – but went […]


United States Driver Jimmy Spithill has said home fans ‘deserve better’ after the team floundered in the first day of racing in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – 6/18/2022 – By Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor – SailGP – The U.S. SailGP Team finished the day with a 8-9-7 racing record and at the bottom of the leaderboard in a performance littered with errors. Meanwhile, Phil Robertson’s Canada finished at the front of the pack, followed by Great Britain and New Zealand. Teams battled tricky conditions of choppy waters and unpredictable wind shifts that saw Chicago live up to its name as the ‘Windy City’. Reflecting on the day, Spithill said the team would ‘regroup, learn the lessons and move on’ ahead of racing resuming tomorrow. “We’re really […]


SailGP newcomer Canada have built on their impressive season debut by triumphing in the first day of racing in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – 6/18/2022 – By SailGP – Driver Phil Robertson battled choppy waters and unpredictable wind shifts as Chicago lived up to its name as the ‘Windy City’ to claim two race wins and finish the day with 27 points. Robertson’s team saw off fierce competition from Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain, who finished in close second with 26 points, and Peter Burling’s New Zealand, who finished third overall with 23 points. It was a tricky day for flight controllers, who battled the unique challenges of freshwater racing and wind speeds of 32 km/h, with many struggling to keep their […]


SailGP prepares for a weekend of firsts at Chicago’s Skyline Stadium 

Chicago, Illinois – 6/17/2022 – SailGP’s nine teams will be navigating new conditions, a tighter racecourse, and a noisy home crowd sitting right on the waterfront as the global, purpose-led league makes its freshwater racing debut this weekend at the inaugural Chicago event on Lake Michigan.  Navy Pier will offer fans a fantastic vantage point from which to watch the second event of SailGP Season 3. Australia, led by Tom Slingsby, enters the weekend not only as the league’s two-time defending champions but fresh from victory in the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess last month. Jimmy Spithill’s […]