Please select your home edition
Edition
P&B 2019 - Leaderboard

Sydney SailGP provides valuable lessons for young United States SailGP team

by Laura Muma 16 Feb 07:42 PST 15-16 February 2019

In SailGP's inaugural event, the talented young American team battled hard against the best sailors in the world as they raced in Sydney Harbor, and is bringing home valuable learnings to prepare for their American debut in two months time in San Francisco.

"This was our first regatta as a team," said Rome Kirby, U.S. SailGP helmsman. "It was definitely tough. In this fleet, if you make any mistakes you end up in the back. Obviously we are frustrated, but there is also plenty we did well and there is plenty we can take away from here. We just need to keep battling."

Throughout the weekend's races, Kirby and the team had many positive moments that demonstrated the potential this team has to quickly improve. "Many times we were right in the mix, and it easily could have been a different outcome," he said.

U.S. SailGP Coach Tom Burnham is already looking toward how the team will take the learnings from Sydney and apply them to San Francisco and beyond.

"This weekend, so many firsts happened for this young team," he said. "The SailGP format is an entirely new style of racing for these guys and we are up against an incredibly talented field. Now, we have a gauge to work from and build upon."

The United States SailGP Team is the youngest squad in the new professional sailing championship. The other teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan have a mix of athletes who have both raced together and spent considerable time in this class of boat.

"As a team we have a lot to learn about the boat yet, and about how best to work together as a team," Kirby said. "This is an incredibly tough boat to sail and we will take all the learnings from this event to improve together. The ingredients are all here."

The Sydney SailGP is the first installment of a new nation-vs.-nation professional sailing championship that competes around the world in turbocharged 50-foot foiling catamarans capable of reaching speeds in excess of 60 mph.

Australia SailGP Team, with the support of 20,000 fans around Sydney Harbor, won this first SailGP championship, followed by Japan, Great Britain, China, France and USA.

Related Articles

Meeting of the Minds in Marseille
French sailing heroes team up for practice racing Thursday's SailGP practice racing brought a little extra excitement when the world's fastest solo circumnavigator joined France SailGP helmsman Billy Besson and his team onboard the most technologically advanced boat on the planet, the F50 catamaran. Posted today at 9:34 am
Marseille set for spectacular showdown
Less than 24 hours until battle commences for SailGP trophy and US$1 million The city of Marseille got a glimpse of the world's fastest sail racing boats today when the six high performance F50s took to the racecourse for the first time in practice. Posted on 19 Sep
Bronze in sight for U.S. Team at Marseille SailGP
A battle with the British can secure a podium spot Throughout a dramatic first SailGP season, the resilient United States SailGP Team has climbed the overall standings and is now in a battle with the British (only three points separate the two) for owning a podium spot after the SailGP Grand Final. Posted on 19 Sep
SailGP enters esports arena
In partnership with Virtual Regatta and World Sailing SailGP in partnership with Virtual Regatta and World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport - today entered the esports arena with the launch of eSailGP. Posted on 18 Sep
The road to the Grand Final
This month, the first season of SailGP will conclude In February of 2019, SailGP introduced sailing redefined to the world on Sydney Harbour. Six supercharged F50 catamarans, the most technologically advanced race boats in the world, took to the water to kick off the inaugural season of SailGP. Posted on 18 Sep
SailGP wins IBC Innovation Award
Crowned the winner in the content creation category SailGP was last night crowned the winner in the content creation category at the IBC Innovation Awards for its ambitious and ground-breaking remote production strategy. Posted on 17 Sep
Billy Besson first to launch on home waters
Five days until history is written in Marseille With five days until six national teams go head to head at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final, the home team - headed by Frenchman Billy Besson - hit the water for the first time today in its supercharged F50 catamaran. Posted on 15 Sep
SailGP Inspire community outreach programs
Will deliver once in a lifetime opportunity at Marseille Following a successful launch in Cowes last month, SailGP Inspire - the global championship's youth and community outreach arm - is working with local community groups to create impactful programming at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final Posted on 14 Sep
SailGP Season 2 set to kick off in Sydney
Opening event to be held on 28-29 February 2020 Sydney was today announced as the season opener for SailGP in 2020. Following a hugely successful event earlier this year SailGP will return to the iconic Australian harbor on February 28 and 29 for the first event of SailGP Season 2. Posted on 11 Sep
Countdown to the SailGP Grand Final
Take a seat on the Seawall to cheer on your favorite team, and watch the drama unfold. Don't miss your chance to witness six nations battle it out at the SailGP Season 1 Grand Final in Marseille on 20/21/22 September. Posted on 7 Sep
Melges 14 2019 FooterGul 2019 CODEZERO EVO FooterZhik 2018 Yacht 728x90 BOTTOM