Plymouth SailGP rides the royalty wave
Published on August 10th, 2022
The Great Britain Sail Grand Prix was held nearly two weeks ago, and depending on your passion for SailGP, you are either still buzzing from the Kiwi victory or disappointed that nobody crashed.
It wasn’t the event the Great Britain team wanted, led by national hero Sir Ben Ainslie, as the 5-time Olympic medalist and America’s Cup winner finished fourth. However, it is a wonder if anyone noticed as the British news focused on Kate Middleton, the likely future queen consort.
The news clips keep coming… here’s a recent sample:
The Duchess of Cambridge boasts an impressive fitness repertoire, from tennis to rowing, running to sailing and more, the royal’s sporting talents are so respected she’s even landed herself the opportunity to compete alongside Olympians. – HELLO!
The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, sported three very different nautical looks for a sailing race and children’s activity in Plymouth, England — including two pairs of shorts.
Wearing tailored white linen shorts from British heritage brand Holland Cooper ($243) and a striped navy sweater from Erdem, Middleton looked perfectly preppy — and showed off her super-toned legs — as she arrived at the event.
Shorts aren’t a typical part of her royal wardrobe; in fact, this is the third time ever Middleton’s worn the style since marrying Prince William in 2011. – Page Six
The Duchess of Cambridge was filmed beaming as she joined the GB crew in a friendly race against the New Zealand team during a visit to SailGB in Plymouth.
A new clip, posted on the Duke and Duchess’ Instagram account, shows sporty Kate Middleton, 40, donning a wet suit and jumping aboard a boat to join Sir Ben Ainslie and the GB crew in the ‘friendly’ competition.
And the duchess looks thrilled by to be part of the high octane action, with footage showing her smiling as the vessel speeds through the water. – Daily Mail
Plymouth Final Results
1. New Zealand, 2-2-1-5-1-(1), 44
2. Australia, 6-1-4-3-3-(2), 38
3. Denmark, 8-5-2-2-2-(3), 36
4. Great Britain, 4-4-6-1-4, 36
5. France, 3-3-5-4-9, 31
6. Canada, 1-9-3-9-7, 26
7. United States, 9-6-7-6-5, 22
8. Switzerland, 5-7-8-8-8, 19
9. Spain, 7-8-9-7-6, 14
Season Three Standings (after three events)
1. Australia, Tom Slingsby – 29 points
2. Great Britain, Ben Ainslie – 24 points
3. New Zealand, Peter Burling – 22 points
4. Canada, Phil Robertson – 22 points
5. Denmark, Nicolai Sehested – 20 points
6. France, Quentin Delapierre – 15 points
7. United States, Jimmy Spithill – 13 points
8. Spain, Jordi Xammar – 8 points
9. Switzerland, Sébastien Schneiter – 7 points
2022-23 SailGP Season 3 Schedule
May 14-15, 2022 – Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess
June 18-19, 2022 – United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier
July 30-31, 2022 – Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth
August 19-20, 2022 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix | Copenhagen
September 10-11, 2022 – France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
September 24-25, 2022 – Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía – Cádiz
November 12-13, 2022 – Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas
January 13-14, 2023 – Singapore Sail Grand Prix
February 17-18, 2023 – Australia Sail Grand Prix | Sydney
March 17-18, 2023 – New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch
May 6-7, 2023 – United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco (Season 3 Grand Final)
Format for 2022-23 SailGP events:
• Teams compete in identical F50 catamarans.
• Each event runs across two days.
• There are three races on each day, totaling six races at each event.
• The opening five fleet races involve every team.
• The final match race pits the three highest ranking teams against each other to be crowned event champion and earn the largest share of the $300,000 prize money to be split among the top three teams.
• The season ends with the Grand Final, which includes the Championship Final Race – a winner-takes-all match race for the $1m prize.
For competition documents, click here.
Established in 2018, SailGP seeks to be an annual, global sports league featuring fan-centric inshore racing in some of the iconic harbors around the globe. Rival national teams compete in identical F50 catamarans for event prize money as the season culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race.