Please select your home edition
Edition
Doyle_SailWorld_728X90px-05 TOP

US SailGP team skipper hits out at decision to keep two teams off the water

by Laura Muma / US SailGP team 2 Jun 21:06 PDT June 1-2, 2024
USA SailGP Team helmed by Taylor Canfield in action during a practice session ahead ahead of the Rockwool SailGP Canada - Halifax - May 2024 © Simon Bruty/SailGP

Due to a delay in operations after morning high winds, SailGP did not complete craning operations in time to put all 10 boats in the water, resulting in no racing for the United States SailGP Team and Switzerland SailGP Team on Day 2 of the Rockwool Canada Sail Grand Prix in Halifax.

According to the official SailGP league statement, “While every effort has been made to have all 10 teams on the start line, in these challenging circumstances, SailGP has made the difficult decision to prioritize teams in order of event standings following the first day of racing.”

U.S. SailGP Team CEO Mike Buckley disagreed with the process.

“We are incredibly frustrated by the whole situation,” said Buckley. “Safety of course is a top priority and while the earlier crane-in delay was warranted due to the windy conditions, I take issue with the league’s decision on craning order and deciding to race without all 10 teams which to my knowledge is unprecedented. Eight of 10 teams were able to be launched. The U.S. and Swiss – two privately owned teams – should not have been penalized.”

“We didn't come here to watch the racing in our team base; we came here to race,” Buckley continued. “Right now, our learning curve is massively steep and every minute on the water is huge for us. We will regroup and be ready to go in a few weeks in NYC.”

Halifax delivered some of the most exciting racing to date in SailGP. The gusty winds produced many near misses and even the Australia SailGP Team capsized [all athletes safe; boat damaged being assessed.]. In the three boat final, Emirates GBR Team emerged victorious, followed by France and Denmark.

SailGP turns next to the U.S. leg of the tour, with the Mubadala New York Sail Grand Prix up next June 22-23; followed by the season finale in San Francisco July 13-14.

About the US SailGP team: Energized by prestigious new owners and investors across U.S. professional sports, entertainment and technology, the U.S. SailGP Team is led by co-owners Ryan and Margaret McKillen, and Mike Buckley as CEO. Seven-time world champion Taylor Canfield is the driver, and the U.S. squad has an All-American roster of talented athletes.

Related Articles

U.S. SailGP Team and Tommy Hilfiger partnership
Official Lifestyle Apparel Partner of the team Furthering the brand's legacy of breaking conventions by merging fashion and sport, the partnership kicks off for the league's 2025 season with the ambition to redefine fashion's role in sailing - and sailing's role in pop culture. Posted on 21 Jun
SailGP Season 4 Grand Final details
The ultimate battle will unfold over two days of racing on San Francisco Bay The ultimate battle will unfold over two days of racing (July 13 - 14) on San Francisco Bay, with the global league crowning the winner in one final USD $2 million race. Posted on 14 Jun
US SailGP Team keen to get racing
After a regatta ending capsize in Bermuda, the US team are ready to bounce back in Halifax Returning to competition for the first time since crashing in Bermuda, Taylor Canfield and team are fired up to kick off to the North American leg of the SailGP Season 4 tour, the Rockwool Canada Sail Grand Prix in Halifax. Posted on 1 Jun
SailGP: Spectacular on board video of USA capsize
USA SailGP team has released spectacular on-board video coverage of their capsize in Bermuda USA SailGP team has released spectacular on-board video coverage of their capsize in Bermuda in Friday's third Practice session. Surprisingly given the violence of the capsize, none of the crew were injured. Posted on 4 May
Evan Aras joins U.S. SailGP Team
Former two-time national champion at Georgetown University joins as interim head coach The United States SailGP Team has announced Evan Aras as interim head coach, replacing Mark Ivey. Aras will make his coaching debut in Bermuda at the Apex Bermuda Sail Grand Prix. Posted on 24 Apr
US SailGP Team moves up Season Points
After ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix mayhem Sunday's racing delivered more than enough action to cement SailGP's tagline as ‘the most exciting race on water;' and even experienced racing fans are still digesting what took place at the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix. Posted on 24 Mar
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
RS Sailing 2021 - FOOTERVaikobi 2024 FOOTERETNZ Store 2024 728x90 BOTTOM