feather.  Sail GP: The Blues take the third defense in New Zealand – sailing

feather. Sail GP: The Blues take the third defense in New Zealand – sailing

Sail GP, Christchurch Grand Prix

Three weeks ago in Australia, the French won it all: three Tours and three wins on Saturday. Sunday regattas were cancelled, and so the Blues won their eighth Grand Prix of the season. A victory put Delapier and his gang third in the general classification, behind Australians Tom Slingsby and New Zealand’s Peter Burling.

Mael Frascari replaces Manon Odinette

Ahead of the Grand Final to be played in San Francisco, where only the top three teams will be able to compete for victory in Season 3, this leg of New Zealand is of particular interest.

The French know that the English language Ben Ainslie is ambushed by just two points. On board the tricolor F50 there are changes: as strategist Manon Audinet, who is waiting for a happy event, leaves her place for the French-Italian Mile Frascari, Nacra 17 world champion in 2019: “I know Mile from our Olympic campaigns. Quentin’s choice fell on her when he was It is necessary to replace me, Amelie (Editor’s note: Rio) was not available.”

Christchurch’s Manon Odinette, however, is there to help her replace: “We’ll stay in pairs for the whole part on the beach. And on the water, even if we have to adapt to the F50’s speed and angles, I think she’ll be quick in the game.”

France Team Christchurch Grand Prix

Quentin Delapierre: Driver

Mile Frascari: Tactics

François Morvan: Flight Controller

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Kevin Bibonnet: Wing trimmer

Olivier Hurledant: Mill

Mathieu Van Damme: Mill

Timothy Labaw: Mill

the program

– Saturday March 18th: 8am – 9:30am (Paris time), Three Fleet Races

– Sunday March 19/8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Paris time), 2 fleet races, then final on 3

Standings (after 9 Grand Prix)

1. Australia (Tom Slingsby), 76 points

2. New Zealand (Peter Burling), 64 points

3. France (Quentin DeLapierre) 63 points

4. Great Britain (Ben Ainslie), 61 points

5. Denmark (Nikolai Sekhested), 57 points

6. United States (Jamie Spithell), 52 points

7. Canada (Phil Robertson), 49 points

8. Spain (Diego Botín) 27 points

9. Switzerland (Sebastian Schneider) 25 points

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