Thursday, December 9

Switzerland joins the GP Circuit



The new Swiss SailGP team was presented this morning in Geneva. A new nation that will join the competition next season. Led by Sébastien Schneiter, fresh from the Tokyo Olympics, it is a young and ambitious team that will wear the colors of its partner, Lundin Energy, around the world for the next three years.

“This is a new chapter for Swiss navigation”, dice Schneiter. “Our goal is to create a competitive team with the best Swiss sailors. Now we have to learn, but our goal is to sail on the front line and compete with the best.”

SailGP, created in 2018 and in its second season, is an international competition that is held annually, combining cutting-edge technology and an impressive level of sport. Powered by Nature (powered by nature) and driven by a purpose, with regattas that take place near the coast, focused on fans, SailGP takes place in the most emblematic ports of the world and culminates with a match race (boat against boat) where the winner takes 1 million dollars at the end of the season.

In the third season, which will begin in May 2022, the SailGP Swiss team will face off against the rest of the rival teams: Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States. Teams that have in their ranks Olympic medalists, world champions and America’s Cup winners. The competition takes place on identical F50 catamarans, designed to reach impressive speeds in excess of 100 km / h.

SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts says: “We are very happy to welcome Sébastien and the Swiss team to SailGP, a new crew that continues the expansion of the league. This is a really exciting time for SailGP as it means another step towards the goal of having ten teams. competing in twelve events, in an annual championship with the best professional sailors in the world. We look forward to seeing Sébastien and his team progress in the league and I am sure they will be competitive and catch up quickly. “

The Swiss SailGP team was born from Team Tilt, an entity founded in 2012 that provides support to young sailors in the country. The team has shown its level of ambition since its inception, winning the Bol d’Or Mirabaud and the D35 Trophy in 2015 and finishing second on the GC32 Racing Tour in 2016. Team Tilt represented Switzerland in both editions of the Red Bull Youth America ‘s Cup, in 2013 (4th) and 2017 (3rd). They won the GC32 world championship title in 2018 and were runners-up in 2019. In addition, they were voted the best Swiss sailing team in 2019.

Its captain Sébastien Schneiter, along with Lucien Cujean, competed in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (13) and more recently in Tokyo (14), in the 49er class against several of his future rivals, including Diego Botin, flight controller of the Spanish team.

The crew will be made up mainly of young Swiss sailing talents and will be led by the experienced Tanguy Cariou, who was the coach of the Spanish team at the Plymouth event. Swiss-Finnish champion Nils Theuninck and Arthur Cevey also join the team, which will continue to grow in the coming weeks.

“We chose SailGP because it is the best organized and most efficient professional championship in the world”, dice Cariou. “The boats are identical and high-performing, and it is the sailors who make the difference. The league’s management, marketing and promotion are also excellent, and are a fundamental pillar for the teams and their partners. Furthermore, the focus Sustainable SailGP, which aims to minimize its impact on the environment with concrete actions, is in line with our philosophy.

Lundin Energy, the main partner of the team, is delighted to be associated with an international sports project, whose values ​​it shares and with which it shares the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. “We work in a highly competitive environment and promote a culture of responsible and excellent innovation “says Nick Walker, President and CEO of Lundin Energy. “We look forward to supporting this ambitious and spectacular project.”

The Swiss SailGP team will compete in the next three SailGP league seasons, starting in the third season in May 2022, and has already attended the events of the second season as an observer. The team’s goal is to catch up with the class in season one and get used to the new boat, before competing against the best SailGP teams and achieving the best results.

Sébastien Schneiter, who will be a pilot for the Swiss SailGP team, has received numerous awards in his career, winning several national titles as well as a European title and world medals. It sails in the 49er class, where it has risen to the top 10 in the world. Sébastien has also led the TILT team in different projects, such as the D35, the GC32 circuit or the Youth America ‘s Cup, obtaining very good results.

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