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Spanish SailGP Team Triumphs Over New Zealand and Australia in Bermuda

7th May 2024
Top tactics put Spain in the driving seat to win overall at SailGP in Bermuda
Top tactics put Spain in the driving seat to win overall at SailGP in Bermuda

In an impressive display of tactical decision-making and expert manoeuvering, Diego Botin’s young Spanish team won the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix over season leaders New Zealand and Australia. Held on the iconic waters of Bermuda's Great Sound, the race saw an aggressive start from Spain, which managed to secure the all-important inside line to Mark 1 by swerving behind the Aussies and Kiwis.

Despite facing stiff competition from New Zealand throughout the race, the Spanish team remained focused and even managed to split with Burling’s team at Gate 4, picking up a 100m lead in the blink of an eye. However, it was at Gate 5 where the race was truly won, as the Spanish executed an expert manoeuvre to force New Zealand to turn away, resulting in huge gains for Diego Botin’s team.

Overall, the Spanish team executed the fewest manoeuvres, sailed the shortest distance, and recorded the highest speed of all three teams, as well as a perfect 100% flight time. This marks the team's second event win, which also won in Los Angeles earlier this season.

The team's focus now lies on securing a place in San Francisco’s winner-takes-all Grand Final in July. The next event in the SailGP series will be the ROCKWOOL Canada Sail Grand Prix in Halifax on June 2/3.

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SailGP unites world-class athletic talent and cutting-edge technology. Eight teams representing Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States will contest eight events held in as many countries over an 11-month period. Following the season opener in Bermuda, the championship visits renowned sailing locations in Italy, the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Spain and New Zealand. San Francisco, United States, has the honour of closing proceedings with the Grand Final on 26–27 March 2022. Among those vying for the crown is the Great Britain team led by Rolex Testimonee and four-time Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Sir Ben Ainslie, who says: “The sailing world was crying out for the creation of such a concept. SailGP is a major milestone in the evolution of yachting, but it also represents continuity. The combination of state-of-the-art technology and sporting prowess is widening the appeal of sailing.