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Swiss SailGP Team ready to race in Copenhagen

by Switzerland SailGP Team 19 Aug 04:26 PDT 19-20 August 2022
Nathan Outteridge, co-driver and sailing advisor of Switzerland SailGP Team, looks on during a practice session ahead of the Rockwool Denmark Sail Grand Prix in Copenhagen, Denmark. 17th August 2022 © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP

Swiss SailGP Team will race in Copenhagen over the next two days at the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix, taking place 19 and 20 August. It's the fourth event in SailGP's global championship calendar, and the second event in the European leg of the league.

Racing starts at 3.30pm local time and the action will be streamed live in Switzerland on sailgp.com/watch at 15:30 CEST both days.

The Copenhagen event brings a new crew line up for the Swiss team with experienced SailGP driver and two-time Olympic medallist, Nathan Outteridge, making his racing debut as co-driver. Outteridge joined the crew in Plymouth last month as sailing advisor, he has subsequently signed up to be more hands-on for season 3 helping the team develop and improve its performance. Outteridge raced in the first two seasons of SailGP for Japan.

CEO, Tanguy Cariou, on the upcoming racing, "We've raced at three events now and the team has been continuing to make improvements, we've already seen great racing and good moves.

"Now we have brought Nathan into the team and onboard and we have a big opportunity to develop and improve our performance. We're really looking forward to racing here in Copenhagen over the next few days."

Sébastien Schneiter, from Geneva, will share the driver position with Outteridge throughout season 3 and races in the strategist position for the Danish event.

Making up the Swiss crew is British Olympic gold and silver medallist, Stuart Bithell (wing trimmer), New Zealand two-time Olympian, Jason Saunders (flight controller) and Swiss grinders, Eliot Merceron, Julien Rolaz and Laurane Mettraux. Jérémy Bachelin and Olympian, Maud Jayet, are also supporting the team as reserve athletes.

Copenhagen is the fourth of 11 venues that form the Season 3 calendar. Saint-Tropez in France is the next stop for SailGP, before the fleet visits Cádiz, Dubai, Singapore, Sydney, Christchurch and finally finishing in San Francisco, May 2023.

sailgp.com/teams/switzerland

Switzerland SailGP Copenhagen line up:

Nathan Outteridge (AUS) - Co-driver
Sébastien Schneiter (SUI) - Co-driver and strategist
Stuart Bithell (GBR) - wing trimmer
Jason Saunders (NZL) - flight controller
Julien Rolaz (SUI) - grinder
Eliot Merceron (SUI) - grinder
Laurane Mettraux (SUI) - grinder
Maud Jayet (SUI) - reserve athlete
Jérémy Bachelin (SUI) - reserve athlete

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