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Sailing: Denmark joins the maritime battle for the price of one million dollars SailGP

Sailing: Denmark joins the maritime battle for the price of one million dollars SailGP

LONDON (Reuters) – A Danish team will challenge the crews from Australia, China, France, Britain, Japan and the United States in the price of $ 1 million this year, catamaran circuit SailGP high octane.

SailGP said Wednesday that the SailGP Danish team, supported by the Danish manufacturer of Rockwool insulation will be led by the marine worldwide Nicolai Sehested, 30, and led by Olympic silver medalist Jonas Hogh-Christensen.

Denmark’s entry into the fray rekindle a great sailing competition because it is Hogh-Christensen who almost managed to deny the Briton Ben Ainslie his fourth Olympic gold medal on home waters in 2012 in the Finn class to one hand.

Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor, enrolled last month in SailGP in 2020 with the support of team UK INEOS British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

“This is probably one of the most exciting developments of the Danish sailing for many years because it offers a new way to the best young sailors who aspire to run professionally for their country,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of SailGP, in a statement.

The national sailing team from Denmark, which gathers its Olympic athletes, said it was “the most successful team of the Danish sports history, delivering more medals than any other sport.”

The Danes hope to add to this success in the second season of SailGP, sailing catamarans F50 “beating” and that should start in February in Sydney, where the Australian crew will look to defend his title.

Culminating in a race to the price of a million dollars, SailGP was created last year by the founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison and Coutts, after Emirates Team New Zealand has lifted the last America’s Cup and chose to return to monohull.

Conduct SailGO campaign cost about $ 7 million per year.

The SailGP catamarans, which rise above the water on hydrofoils, are an updated version of those used in the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017 and in their first season, they reached speeds of 50 knots (93 km per hour).

“These are the best sailors on the fastest boats, all running close to shore – it’s an incredibly intense race and a real show to watch,” said Sehested, an experienced match racer who led two campaigns Ocean Race.

SailGP, financed by Ellison, seeking to make the annual competition and autonomous teams by attracting more sponsors and attracting a global audience.

The CEO of Rockwool Jens Birgersson, said the veil was a sustainable sport and a perfect fit for its global brand.

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