With fewer than a 7 days to go until the start of SailGP Time 2, which commences with the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix, the Wonderful Britain SailGP Workforce has unveiled its squad for 2021-22.
The sailing squad involves 4 Olympic gold medallists in the opening celebration in Bermuda and has the main of the similar group that won the final SailGP function in Sydney in 2020. It features six sailors who have been alongside one another with the British Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup.
The team’s F50 catamaran will as soon as once more be helmed and skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR). Signing up for him is fellow Olympic gold medallist Iain Jensen (AUS), who returns as wing trimmer, and flight controller Luke Parkinson (AUS/GBR), who was most not too long ago found piloting the British boat in the America’s Cup. The grinder roles, in the meantime, are stuffed by Olympic gold winning rower Matt Gotrel (GBR), the Isle of Arran’s Neil Hunter (GBR) and Richard Mason (GBR). All three grinders have been component of the Excellent Britain SailGP Crew due to the fact the first season of the sailing league.
In Bermuda, the British workforce will be joined by a fourth Olympic gold medallist, Hannah Mills (GBR), who will be the initially trialist in the squad’s woman progress programme, an initiative which aims to speedy-track the inclusion of female athletes into SailGP. Mills brings a important quantity of encounter to the workforce, obtaining gained Olympic gold in the Women’s 470 in Rio in 2016 and a silver medal at London 2012 exactly where she was a teammate of Ainslie in her very first, and his very last, Olympics.
“All qualified athletes want to race at the maximum level and the line-up for SailGP Time 2 has to be the most aggressive we have at any time viewed in the sport. Sydney was a good start off for our crew and although Covid introduced factors to a halt we have been equipped to preserve the identical squad with each other meaning we head into the opening party understanding we can get races,” suggests Ainslie.
“Alongside the racing it is also thrilling to start our feminine improvement programme. We share SailGP’s commitment to speed up improve in our activity and search ahead to integrating the six trialists above the subsequent three gatherings. Hannah Mills, who will be with us in Bermuda, is a hugely gifted sailor who will bring plenty of knowledge to the workforce. We look ahead to supporting her F50 progress.
“It is heading to be an rigorous season and we are prepared to get back out racing.”
In the next two functions following Bermuda, 5 more woman athletes will demo with the team, in advance of a final final decision will be designed on the profitable athletes who will be a part of the British team comprehensive-time. Anna Burnet (GBR), who will be competing in her very first Olympic Video games in Tokyo, will trial with the crew in Taranto, Italy, while Hannah Diamond (GBR), Ellie Aldridge (GBR), Nikki Boniface (GBR) and Emily Nagel (GBR) will total their respective trials in Plymouth, United kingdom.
“This is a significant opportunity and I’m wanting forward to doing the job together with the group to find out as substantially as I can all through my time in Bermuda. My fellow trialists are vastly talented and it will be tough problem to get paid the entire-time spot. Having said that, I’m a fast learner, a tough worker and exceptionally determined so it’s down to me to make the most of it,” states Mills.
“SailGP is placing the standard for feminine inclusion in sailing, it will be specially inspiring for younger woman sailors to know that these varieties of options are out there at the extremely top level of our sport. I first met Ben at an Optimist occasion when I was an overexcited 11-12 months-old and he’d won his 1st Olympic medal, roll on 10 years and we ended up in the identical workforce going to London 2012. It was enormous for me to be in a team with Ben observing and mastering how he operated. The exact same will be accurate during this excursion.”
British fans will be able to enjoy all the action live on Sky Athletics, SailGP’s Official Broadcast Associate in the British isles, who will air each and every of the global races stay, commencing with the Bermuda event.
Most important pictures exhibits: L-R top row Neil Hunter (GBR), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Luke Parkinson (AUS/GBR), Iain Jensen (AUS). Bottom row Abundant Mason (GBR), Hannah Mills (GBR), Matt Gotrel (GBR).