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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.

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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Billy Besson

Billy Besson: “I’ll be going into attack mode”

15th in the Nacra 17 World Championship in December in Auckland, Billy Besson and Marie Riou learnt in early January that they will not be taking part in the Tokyo Olympics, as the French Federation preferred Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet. “A huge disappointment” for the Tahitian who has now put this behind him and is focusing on the second SailGP season, with higher ambitions and changes to the French team. He tells Tip & Shaft about all this.

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La saison 2020 de SailGP est annulée

An appraisal of the first season of SailGP

The first season of the SailGP finished last Sunday in Marseille with final victory going to the Australian team (Tom Slingsby) ahead of the Japanese led by Nathan Outteridge. Time for Tip & Shaft to carry out an appraisal of the F50 circuit launched by Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts.

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Phil Robertson: “The level in SailGP is the best of the best”

New Zealand Phil Robertson, now 32, has just won 10 days ago the World Match Race Championship for a second time, adding to that famous 2016 world title which brought with it a $1m prize. He is now skipper helm of the China SailGP Team  which is complemented by GC32 Tour events with the CHINAOne NINGBO team, the emphasis being to help train up a top echelon of Chinese sailors. Tip & Shaft caught up with Robertson as he relaxed at home in Sweden after winning in magical Marstrand and before he heads to Cowes for the next SailGP event. 

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