The New Zealand SailGP team finishes fifth at the Spanish Sailing Grand Prix • Live Sail Die
ANDALUSIA-CÃDIZ, SPAIN – October 11, 2021 – New Zealand team SailGP won race one on a fast and furious final day in Cadiz, but it was not enough to secure a place in the final of the winner the team finished fifth at the Spanish Sailing Grand Prix.
Thrills and rollovers were plentiful in the windy conditions of 30-45 km / h as blazing speeds and dramatic capsize entertained another exceptional crowd in the picturesque Andalusian town.
Tom Slingsby’s Australian SailGP team once again reigned supreme, beating Great Britain and the United States in the final race for the podium after Sir Ben Ainslie’s British F50 spectacularly rode in the first section.
The result leaves SailGP’s New Zealand team in fifth place overall for the season with just two events to go in Season 2.
There was a tragedy even before a race was contested, as the Spanish hometown favorite SailGP team capsized during the warm-up.
All the athletes were counted and no injuries were sustained, but their F50 sustained serious damage and they were unable to participate in the day’s race.
Needing a good result after a disappointing first day, New Zealand team SailGP came out strong in the fourth fleet race today.
Despite crossing the starting line in last position, the team took the fleet by storm, reaching a top speed of 85.3 km / h to fly in first position and secure a landslide victory.
However, the team were unable to save their performance in the fifth fleet race, finishing sixth to dash any hope of securing a place in the final race on the podium.
Wing Adjuster Blair Tuke said: âIt was a busy day to say the least. It was in absolutely the best conditions with the 24 meter wing rather than the 18 meter wing as you have seen with a few capsized boats. It was pretty good for us to keep the kite in the air and from there winning the first race was awesome. It was a great moment for the team.
âUnfortunately we weren’t able to support him in the second race so it was disappointing. There have been a few ‘what ifs’ for us this weekend which is a little frustrating but winning a race today and sailing like we did proves we can do it, we just have to do it more often.
Driver Peter Burling said: âIt was great to have mine and Blair’s first win on the board. It felt like we had executed everything except from the start of that first race and kept it pretty clean so it was really nice for us to get a win after a pretty frustrating day yesterday.
âWe feel like we’re improving all the time, but running a whole race was our weakness. We usually have a few things that are not going our way and that is what showed in this second race.
âWe felt like we were in a good position for a good race, but we didn’t do the first jibe well enough and fell off the back end and had a few other issues with the boat. The race is so close that if you make a mistake you really pay it. “
Erica Dawson was aboard the New Zealand SailGP team in sixth place and was thrilled to win her first race.
âToday was crazy, there were super wild conditions. I was on board and won my first race with the team, which was great. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it all. rally for the second race, but overall it was a pretty cool day.
This weekend, the team displayed a graphic of the Antipodean albatross on their boat as a symbol of the team’s commitment to shine the spotlight on the plight of the Antipodean albatross and work to stop their free fall to extinction.
The New Zealand team SailGP and Live Ocean have also jointly developed a video to raise awareness of the issue which you can watch HERE.
New Zealand team SailGP is now heading home to New Zealand ahead of the Australian Sailing Grand Prix in Sydney on December 17th and 18th.
Tuke said: fight.
âThe team is improving all the time, but we have to work really hard to organize one of these weekends. It’s generally disappointing for us this weekend, but it was really nice to get the win today.