The Great Britain SailGP Team secured a strong second place and nine valuable Championship points in the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess, the opening event of SailGP Season 3.
After consistent fifth and fourth finishes in the opening two races of Day Two of Bermuda Sail Grand Prix action, the British team qualified for the final podium race alongside the Australia and Canada SailGP Team.
Ultimately, however, an error in the pre-start in that final race meant the British were late to the start line in the ‘winner-takes-all’ race which proved costly. The team turned things round with a strong performance throughout the race and an impressive 100% flight time to take second place from the Canadians but it was Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team, the Season 1 & 2 champions, who took home the first title of SailGP Season 3.
“It’s been a great week of sailing. We had fantastic conditions for the past two days, it’s been a real showcase for SailGP. There’s a long season ahead and we wanted to take a more conservative approach after some of the challenges we had last season. This event is a first step in the right direction. With 11 events throughout the season, this competition rewards consistency. I don’t like losing but we use that as motivation and learn from it and it was important we took home the second place.”Ben Ainslie