Please select your home edition
Cyclops Marine 2023 November - LEADERBOARD

SailGP Media Conference: Abu Dhabi to become the Grand Final Venue for Season 5

by Richard Gladwell/ 13 Jan 02:46 PST
Media Conference - Sail GP - Abu Dhabi - January 12, 2024 © Simon Bruty/SailGP

The SailGP Media Conference took place in Abu Dhabi - Event 7 of Season 4.

Key points from the session were comments from New Zealand skipper Peter Burling on an offer made to the teams that they could race with the 29metre rig, which had collapsed in spectacular fashion in Saint Tropez on September 9, 2023.

"Prior to the event, and discussion we'd had, I didn't think we were going to be sailing on the 29metre wing. The bit I didn't agree with was that the teams had the option [of either rig]. We are very much a one design configuration. So to see the potential for a team to be sailing with different gear, was something I didn't agree with."

Phil Robertson had some frank comments to make on the umpire decision as to who was at fault at the end of the Final Race, as three teams rounded the final mark, and had a short distance to sail to the finish line, which was set very close to a seawall. As outside boat of the three, Canada was obliged to give room to the two boats inside, and did so. But they didn't have a lot of wriggle room to avoid hitting the seawall - and Robertson was perplexed about what they should have done which would have avoided then being penalised out of the Final. He then got onto the fact that the racing is umpired by team located in England, and that there need to be more connection with what is happening on the water rather than a computer screen.

However it was SailGP CEO Russell Coutts who dropped the bombshell. "This is the start of a long-term relationship we are going to have with Abu Dhabi. We're racing here for the first time, but we will be returning for many years to come. I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to say this, or not, but this will be the venue of our Grand Final for Season 5 onwards."

Related Articles

SailGP Sydney 2024 - Final series of videos
Interviews from Day 2 of Racing Interviews and wrap from Day 2 of Racing Posted on 26 Feb
Australia take first win of SailGP Season 4
First ever SailGP race win for Erik Heil's Team Germany Tom Slingsby and his Australian crew have been crowned champions of the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix I Sydney, flying home in front of an ecstatic and vibrant 'Genesis Island' crowd and a jam-packed Sydney Harbour to clinch the win. Posted on 25 Feb
SailGP Sydney 2024 - Next series of videos
Crosbie Lorimer from Bow Caddy Media brings you the latest Crosbie Lorimer from Bow Caddy Media brings you the latest from the Tech Centre at SailGP Sydney, recapping on yesterday's racing and taking a look at what is ahead today. Posted on 25 Feb
Day 1 action-shots of SailGP Sydney racing
The gusty and shifty southerly kept everyone foiling most of the time The high winds originally forecast for Day 1 of Sail GP Sydney racing on Saturday did not eventuate; but the gusty and shifty southerly kept everyone foiling most of the time. Posted on 25 Feb
Aussies tied on top with Denmark at Sydney SailGP
Exciting start with gusty conditions that tested the athletes Tom Slingsby and his Australian crew have delivered for the home crowd at the opener of the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix, securing a solid second place but on equal points with Nicolai Sehested's ROCKWOOL Denmark, who takes the top spot. Posted on 24 Feb
SailGP: Three Final spots semi-decided after Day 1
Two points separate the top three teams after the first day of SailGP Sydney Two points separate the top three teams after the first day of SailGP Sydney, in fact, just five points separate the top five teams. Posted on 24 Feb
SailGP Sydney 2024 practice day update
Team Germany and Team USA were given special dispensation to practice The weather chose not to oblige today (Friday), with the scheduled SailGP Practice Racing on Sydney Harbour cancelled due to forecast thunderstorm activity. Posted on 23 Feb
SailGP's ten teams descend upon Sydney Harbour
Anticipation builds across the fleet With just one day remaining until the highly awaited KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix takes place on the picturesque waters of Sydney Harbour, anticipation builds across the fleet as the most exciting racing on water looks set to live up to its name. Posted on 23 Feb
SailGP's elite athletes warm-up for racing
With the Royal Australian Navy on Sydney's Bondi Beach Physical training instructors and trainees from the Royal Australian Navy welcomed a cohort of SailGP world-class athletes to Sydney with a navy-inspired training session on the iconic Bondi Beach Posted on 22 Feb
Slingsby lays down the gauntlet
To next generation of SailGP stars in latest Racing on the Edge SailGP will return to the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour next week for its eighth stop in the Season 4 calendar. With only one week to go, the hometown favorite is ruffling feathers in the latest episode of Racing on the Edge. Posted on 15 Feb
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomC-Tech 2021 America's Cup 728x90 BOTTOMJ Composites 2022 - J99 FOOTER