Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

U.S. debut in Dubai - Team takes podium position in the final fleet race

by United States SailGP Team 10 Dec 2023 12:21 PST December 9-10, 2023
USA SailGP Team helmed by Taylor Canfield in action on Race Day 2 of the Emirates Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas in Dubai, United Arab Emirates © Bob Martin for SailGP

"It's so energizing to finish our first event as a team with a third place in that final race," said Taylor Canfield, driver for the United States SailGP Team at the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas. Canfield and the American team finished the event in eighth place overall.

Dubai marked the team's first event since the new ownership and investor group took over the U.S. SailGP Team. "I'm proud of our entire team," Canfield said. "We've come a long way in a very short period of time. We have more work to do, but this weekend showed we have the ability to compete at the top of the fleet."

In the lighter air conditions, all 10 F50s used the 29-meter wingsail and raced with five athletes on board. In the final fleet race today, Canfield showcased his aggressive pre-start technique, a signature style that the seven-time world champion is well known for among his peers. As the fleet converged toward the line, Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team attempted to squeeze between the starting mark and the American team, but did not have the rights nor room to do so cleanly. Race officials disqualified the Brits. The strong start spurred the team to its top finish of the weekend.

"This is great momentum for the new team as it is already looking ahead to Abu Dhabi in one month's time," said Mark Ivey, coaching his first event with the team. "We have more work to do around on-board communication, timing, and of course execution, but it feels great to leave Dubai on a positive note."

The new team includes Canfield, who has extensive experience in the flight controller position, but first time in the driver's seat. Alex Sinclair and Peter Kinney continue as grinders, and Mac Agnese as grinder and first-time flight controller. They are joined by first-timers: co-owner and CEO Mike Buckley (reserve strategist), Sara Stone (strategist), Victor Diaz de Leon (wing trimmer), Leo Takahashi (reserve flight controller) and Scott Ewing (grinder).

Former U.S. national soccer player Jozy Altidore joined the team in Dubai. "I wanted to come and support the team - it is really a special thing to be a part of something so exciting - SailGP is on the verge of something really big - and for me I love that I am able to invest into a team that represents my country."

Next up on the SailGP Season 4 calendar is the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix, January 13 - 14, 2024.

Related Articles

U.S. SailGP Team rallies for a strong finish
A challenging weekend at the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix A third-place finish closed out a challenging weekend on Sydney Harbor for the recently revamped United States SailGP Team, competing in the eighth event of SailGP's Season 4 at the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix. Posted on 25 Feb
U.S. SailGP Team prepares for Sydney
A much different affair than the previous two Middle Eastern light-air events Eight events into the 13-event season, the United States SailGP Team is in third place on the overall leaderboard, bolstered by its third-place finish in last month's Abu Dhabi event. Next up: The KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix in Sydney. Posted on 23 Feb
Third place for U.S. SailGP Team in Abu Dhabi
Moving USA into podium position on Season 4 leaderboard In a light-air contest on the Persian Gulf, the United States SailGP Team secured a third-place finish at the first-ever Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix presented by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, behind New Zealand and Spain. Posted on 14 Jan
Strong start for U.S. SailGP Team in Abu Dhabi
Third place after day 1 of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix In just the second event with the revamped roster, Taylor Canfield and the United States SailGP Team are in third place - just two points out of first - after Day One of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix presented by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Posted on 13 Jan
Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix Preview
USA SailGP Team set for racing this weekend The Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix presented by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is the second event for the United States SailGP Team Driver Taylor Canfield and the newly acquired American team. Posted on 12 Jan
United States SailGP Team's revamped line-up
First active athlete roster announced ahead of Dubai The revamped United States SailGP Team has announced its active athlete roster for the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas on Dec. 9 - 10. Posted on 7 Dec 2023
Mark Ivey named as new U.S. SailGP Team coach
A proven winner on and off the water The United States SailGP Team today announced two-time U.S Sailing Coach of the Year and multi-world champion Mark Ivey as the team's new coach. Posted on 6 Dec 2023
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 2023
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 2023
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 2023
Selden 2020 - FOOTERJ Composites 2022 - J99 FOOTERC-Tech 2021 (Spars-QFX Racer) 728x90 BOTTOM