Please select your home edition
Edition
September 2022

SailGP: Kiwis on wrong side of a brutal Day 2 in Chicago

by Natalie Fortier 19 Jun 21:17 PDT 20 June 2022
New Zealand SailGP Team co-helmed by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke F50 on Race Day 2 of the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago at Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, Season 3 © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP

The New Zealand SailGP Team has missed out on the podium race after a brutal end to day two of the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix in Chicago.

Sitting third after day one of fleet racing on Lake Michigan, New Zealand needed to stay ahead of Australia and Denmark to earn a spot in their first podium race.

The Kiwis got themselves into the box seat after finishing fifth in race four, six points ahead of Australia and Denmark, but poor execution in race five saw New Zealand slip past the required sixth-place position, finishing eighth in the fleet, as Australia made a spectacular comeback to secure their spot in the podium race with just a single-point lead over New Zealand.

Wing Trimmer Blair Tuke says, “It was a really tough day for us here in Chicago. We didn’t execute at the start in either race, but managed to fight back in Race 1 to stay in the middle of the pack. In Race 2, we didn’t get the opportunity out of the first gybe and ended up in bad wind fighting at the back.”

“We had the Aussies right on the ropes, with them and the Danish six points behind us. It looked like Australia would be out of their first final in a while and we’d be in for our very first one, so to have that buffer and let it slip like that is pretty gutting for the team.”

Competing in the three-boat winner-takes-all final race, Australia went on to nab the win for the weekend, followed by Canada in second and Great Britain in third.

New Zealand rounded out the weekend fourth in the fleet, bringing the team to fourth in the Season 3 leaderboard as well, with 12 points total behind Great Britain (17), Canada (17) and Australia (20).

Despite today’s results, Tuke says he remains optimistic heading into the remainder of Season 3, “Today was a frustrating finish to what’s been an otherwise solid week of sailing for the team.”

“If you look at where we are compared to Bermuda, we’re right in the game. We know we’ve made some massive improvements but ultimately we’ve got to put a whole event together.”

SailGP Season 3 continues next month with the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth, 31 July - 1 August NZT.

Related Articles

SailGP: Kiwis feel the heat in Dubai
The Kiwis will be feeling the heat this weekend when SailGP makes its Middle Eastern debut The Kiwis will be feeling the heat this weekend when SailGP makes its Middle Eastern debut at the Dubai Sail Grand Prix Posted on 11 Nov
SailGP: Kiwis seek strong finish in Cadiz
NZ SailGP Team will look to finish the European leg of the Season 3 strongly in Cadiz This weekend, the New Zealand SailGP Team will look to finish the European leg of the Season 3 Championship strong, entering the fourth and final event in Spain placed second overall, only a single point behind defending champions Posted on 24 Sep
SailGP: Kiwis continue dominance in Saint-Tropez
New Zealand continued its dominant streak, in Saint-Tropez winning two of three fleet races. The Kiwis have continued their dominating streak, winning two of three fleet races to finish Day 1 of the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix in pole position. New Zealand has now won nine of the last 13 races. Posted on 11 Sep
No sailing for NZSailGP Team on Day 1
Light shifting winds and rain mar opening day at Rockwell SailGP Denmark Copenhagen The Rockwool Denmark Sail Grand Prix is off to a slow start, with racing abandoned on day one due to light conditions on the Øresund Srait in Copenhagen. However the results from three Practice races were a revealing form guide. Posted on 19 Aug
NZSailGP Team is back in action
Kiwi team has a new target on its back after a dominant performance in Plymouth The Kiwis enter this weekend's Rockwool Denmark Sail Grand Prix as the first team to win the racing while also topping the Impact League leaderboard at the same event. Posted on 19 Aug
Gladwell's Line: A Kiwi 'Code Cracker?'
The Kiwi team have failed to fire in a consistent way for Season 2 and for two events of Season 3 After failing to fire in a consistent way for Season 2 and the two events so far in Season 3 of SailGP. But on Day 1 of SailGP Great Britain the Kiwi team appeared to have turned the corner - and repeated the performance on Day 2, winning the Final Posted on 31 Jul
Kiwis in top spot after Day 1 of Plymouth SailGP
Kiwis lead Great Britain Sail Grand Prix by 2pts on the leader-board. Full Day 1 video replay here. The New Zealand SailGP Team is off to a flying start in Plymouth, finishing on top of the points-table at the end of Day 1 of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix with 28 points out of a possible 30 on the leader-board. Full video replay here. Posted on 30 Jul
SailGP: NZSailGP has solid practice in Plymouth
The NZSailGP Team is feeling fired up ahead of this weekend's Great Britain Sail Grand Prix The New Zealand SailGP Team is feeling fired up ahead of this weekend's Great Britain Sail Grand Prix after taking first, third and fourth in practice racing today. Posted on 30 Jul
NZSailGP sign on Alvarium as new partner
SailGP Team will hit British waters with a new major partner on board this weekend The New Zealand SailGP Team will hit British waters with a new major partner on board this weekend, welcoming global wealth management firm Alvarium to the family ahead of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth. Posted on 30 Jul
NZSailGP Team: Chicago, Healthy Ocean, Liv Mackay
A trans-Tasman battle in Chicago, Voices for a Healthy Ocean, Liv Mackay's rise to a pro sailor New Zealand SailGP team news covering the trans-Tasman battle in Chicago; Voices for a Healthy Ocean; and Liv Mackay's rise to a pro sailor campaigning on the ETF26 and SailGP regatta circuits. Posted on 29 Jun
Henri-Lloyd 2022 November - Gore-Tex - SW FOOTERLloyd Stevenson - TTSkorpios 728x90px BOTTOMSOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS728-X-90 Bottom