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SailGP is an international sailing competition running on high performance F50 hydrofoil catamarans. Find the latest news from Tip & Shaft on the subject.

AC40 Orient Express Racing Team

Bruno Dubois: “On the cup project, nothing could have gone faster”

The start of the new ‘school term’ is particularly busy for Bruno Dubois, what, between three SailGP Grands Prix in four weeks – including France in Saint-Tropez (9-10 September) – the home event for the French team which he is the team manager of, and the first preliminary regatta of the 37th America’s Cup from September 14 to 17 for the Orient Express Racing Team challenge which he co-directs. Tip & Shaft caught up with him.

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France SailGP team

Quentin Delapierre: a look back at a meteoric rise

By holding his own against some of the best English-speaking crews, Quentin Delapierre has certainly left his mark on the third season of the SailGP circuit. At the age of just 31, the sailor from Vannes in Brittany well and truly earned his stripes in the elite group of international sailing. In 2024, he will be the helmsman on the French Orient Express Team’s AC75 in the America’s Cup. Time to analyse this amazing success story on the eve of the of the final stage in San Francisco this weekend, with Bruno Dubois, director of SailGP France, Guillaume Chiellino, the French Sailing Federation’s technical director, his fellow sailors, Manon Audinet, Matthieu Salomon and Thomas Coville, the trainer, Thierry Douillard and the journalist Christophe Favreau.

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France SailGP Team

Thierry Douillard: “In SailGP, we are in the mix”

After their grand slam a month ago in Sydney, Quentin Delapierre’s French team compete on Saturday and Sunday at the penultimate Grand Prix of SailGP season 3 in Christchurch (New Zealand). Tip & Shaft take the chance to talk to Thierry Douillard, coach of Les Bleus, a role he will also fulfil within the French America’ Cup challenge, Orient Express Team. 

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SailGP season 3

How SailGP continues to grow

Just six weeks or so after the end of Season 2 which was won, like season 1, by Tom Slingsby’s Australia, already Season 3 of SailGP looms large on the horizon. It is mustering ten teams and will be contested over eleven stages. It begins this weekend with the Bermuda Grand Prix. Tip & Shaft tells you more about this flourishing circuit.

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Équipe française de SailGP

Matthieu Vandame: “Hitting for the podium must be a habit”

French ace Matthieu Vandame has been a multihull specialist since childhood. This season he is racing as a grinder with the French SailGP team, which returns to England next weekend, July 17 and 18 in Plymouth. He also sails alongside Thomas Coville on Sodebo Ultim 3, so these are two very good reasons for Tip & Shaft to talk to the 39-year-old.

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La saison 2 de SailGP a débuté aux Bermudes

Julien Di Biase: “Our goal is to have 10 teams competing in SailGP”

SailGP season 2 begins this Friday instead of Saturday in Bermuda (the race day scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled due to the forecast for very light winds), Grand Prix racing against a backdrop of confinement with eight teams participating this time. Tip & Shaft took the opportunity to talk to Switzerland’s Julien Di Biase the chief operating officer of the F50 circuit.

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Blair Tuke and Peter Burling together with Russell Coutts

Peter Burling & Blair Tuke: “It will be a busy next year”

New Zealand’s hottest sailing duo, Olympic gold medallists and America’s Cup winners, Pete Burling and Blair Tuke will put together a Kiwi crew – entirely independent of Emirates Team New Zealand – for what will effectively be SailGP’s Season 2 starting in April. Campaigning to defend their 49er Olympic title in Tokyo next year, the pair look set to have a busy, carefully structured 2021. But before all that there is the matter of the America’s Cup defence in home waters. Tip & Shaft spoke to Pete and Blair this week…

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LoIck Peyron

Loïck Peyron: “I’m like a glider slowly descending”

After taking part in early February in the “Barrés de la Yole” in Martinique, it was in the garden of a sumptuous villa in Falmouth Bay, Antigua, from where he takes the start this Monday of his first RORC Caribbean 600 with the crew of the Multi 70 PowerPlay (ex MOD70 Paprec Recyclage), that Loïck Peyron replied to some questions from Tip & Shaft for its 200th French issue. The skipper from La Baule, now 60, looked back at his busy 2019 and talked to us about his latest news.

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