Please select your home edition
North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

USA rallies for first Season 4 podium finish at the ROCKWOOL Italy Sail Grand Prix in Taranto

by US SailGP Team 24 Sep 11:41 PDT September 23-24, 2023
USA SailGP Team helmed by Jimmy Spithill sail toward the SailGP Race Stadium and Taranto Palazzo del Governo on Race Day 2 of the ROCKWOOL Italy Sail Grand Prix in Taranto, Italy © Bob Martin for SailGP

Motivated by a message to "go out there and crush it" from injured teammate Hans Henken, the United States SailGP Team sailed its best day yet with third- and first-place fleet racing finishes at the ROCKWOOL Italy Sail Grand Prix in Taranto, and earned its first Season 4 final, resulting in third-place overall.

"Clearly we were racing with a lot of purpose today," said Jimmy Spithill, U.S. SailGP Team driver and CEO. "Without a doubt, this was the toughest event we've ever had as a team given what happened with Hans yesterday. He sent us a message this morning to get out there and 'crush it,' and yeah, we did. I'm really thankful to the team for really focusing on the day and getting some good results."

Henken was injured Saturday when the U.S. SailGP Team's F50 catamaran crashed off the foils and submerged the leeward hull where Henken was positioned, knocking him unconscious for a short time. Spithill went to the hospital after the incident, reporting back to the team that Hans was in good spirits. Henken will stay in hospital for another night under observation.

"I think this may have been the first time in my career that every single person was cheering for us," said Spithill, referring to the solidarity shown by fans and competitors alike in support of Henken. "You always want to win, but I feel like we had the extra motivation and definitely the extra energy today."

Unfortunately, during the final race today the wind evaporated, leaving the powerful F50s parked. The 16-minute time limit elapsed and despite the U.S. leading, the race was terminated. This meant the overall results returned to previous standings: Emirates Great Britain, Australia SailGP Team and U.S. SailGP Team in first, second and third place overall, respectively.

While this weekend's performance did not affect the overall Season 4 standings - the team is still in sixth place - they earned key points to consolidate the gap and are now only seven points out of the top three.

Spithill acknowledged the team will be identifying a flight controller replacement for its next event in three weeks (October 14-15), the Spain Sail Grand Prix in Andalucía-Cádiz.


1 // Emirates GBR
2 // Australia
3 // United States
4 // France
5 // Canada
6 // Spain
7 // ROCKWOOL Denmark
8 // Switzerland
9 // Germany


1 // Australia // 35 points
2 // Emirates GBR // 29 points
3 // Spain // 29 points
4 // ROCKWOOL Denmark // 27 points
5 // New Zealand // 23 points
6 // United States // 22 points
7 // France // 20 points
8 // Canada // 18 points*
9 // Switzerland // 10 points
10// Germany // 6 points**

* Canada SailGP Team docked four points in Season Championship for eight-point penalty at France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
** Germany SailGP Team docked two points in Season Championship for four-point penalty at Oracle Los Angeles Sail Grand Prix

Related Articles

SailGP scores largest American broadcast audience
With 1.784M tuning into CBS on November 5 SailGP, one of the world's fastest growing sport leagues, saw the largest American television audience in league history when 1.784 million viewers tuned into a CBS broadcast of the Spain Sail Grand Prix on Sunday, Nov. 5. Posted on 14 Nov
Cádiz victory catapults U.S. SailGP Team to third
Team dedicates the win to injured teammate Hans Henken Sailing with purpose this weekend at the Spain Sail Grand Prix, Jimmy Spithill led the United States SailGP Team to its first victory in over a year, dedicating the win to injured teammate Hans Henken. Posted on 15 Oct
U.S. SailGP Team starts strong in practice
Ahead of Spain Sail Grand Prix as Taylor Canfield steps in to replace injured Hans Henken During the opening press conference for this weekend's Spain Sail Grand Prix, United States SailGP Team Driver and CEO Jimmy Spithill wanted to set realistic expectations for his squad as Taylor Canfield steps in to replace the injured Hans Henken. Posted on 13 Oct
U.S. SailGP Team fifth in France Sail Grand Prix
Sights set on Taranto in two weeks' time While racing today fell short for the United States SailGP Team at the France Sail Grand Prix, there is positive momentum from which to build: two top-three finishes and a top-half overall finish. Posted on 10 Sep
That's a wrap
Rolex United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier The Rolex United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier kicked off the summer racing season in Chicago this weekend, marking the start of SailGP's Season 4 global championship. Posted on 18 Jun
‘We're going to come out swinging tomorrow'
U.S. SailGP Team's slow start to Season 4 opener "There's a lot of work to be done," said Jimmy Spithill, U.S. SailGP Team's Driver and CEO, after a less than stellar first day of SailGP's Season 4 opener at the Rolex United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier. Posted on 17 Jun
Spithill takes positives from new crew combo
As the US SailGP team go into Season 4 After a luck-lustre performance for much of the latter part of Season 3, US SailGP team skipper Jimmy Spithill, has taken some positives from the team's performance in the final series, and a third place in the final race with a new crew combination. Posted on 8 May
SailGP's Grand Final weekend is here!
The final event of Season 3 takes place on iconic San Francisco Bay SailGP's 11th and final event of Season 3 takes place on iconic San Francisco Bay this weekend, May 6 - 7, at the Mubadala SailGP Season 3 Grand Final. Posted on 5 May
Season 3 rollercoaster ride continues
An up-and-down event for the United States SailGP Team Rounding out an up-and-down event on a high note, Jimmy Spithill's United States SailGP Team finished the final fleet race in second place, but ultimately leave the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch with sixth-place overall. Posted on 19 Mar
Spithill looks ahead to New Zealand
"We're still in the hunt for the Grand Final" Jimmy Spithill said the team is still in the hunt for a coveted place in the three-boat, winner-takes-all Season 3 Grand Final coming to San Francisco in early May, insisting, 'There are still a lot of points available'. Posted on 17 Mar
Marine Resources 2022 - FOOTERDoyle Sails 2020 - Built for Adventure 728x90 BOTTOMZhik 2023 Black Friday FOOTER