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Bermuda. It is with great ambitions that the Danish boat on Saturday begins the third season in SailGP.
It tells helmsman Nicolai Sehested before the first competitions that take place on the water off Bermuda this weekend.
– We have an expectation of winning SailGP. That’s it all. That’s why we’re here. That is the goal and the dream, says the Danish helmsman.
Last week, he presented the crew of the Danish boat for the coming season in the sailing sport’s response to Formula 1.
New on the boat are the Danish Olympic sailor Christian Peter Lübeck as well as Australian Luke Payne and Swedish Julius Hallström. Thus, a total of ten sailors are associated with the Danish boat. Nine are in Bermuda.
– There is a big internal battle to get one of the seats in the boat, and that pushes our team to get better. No one wants to sit on the bench. It is also important to build that culture on the team.
– We are always six on the boat regardless of wind and weather, and it is my job to put the strongest team – and here I only look at performance, says Nicolai Sehested.
In the upcoming season, two more boats have been added, so a total of ten boats will be fighting for the SailGP title. In Bermuda, however, the Japanese boat does not start, so only nine boats are in the opening weekend.
Nicolai Sehested estimates that a large part of the world’s best sailors are gathered in the class, so therefore there are also other boats that have ambitions that they should fight at the top.
– We have high expectations of ourselves and want to be on the podium, but if you ask the other countries about the Danish boat, they will probably say that we will end up in the middle of the field on a good day and at the bottom on a bad day, says Sehested.
The Danish helmsman is especially excited to see how the starters in the third season will be affected by the expanded fleet.
– It will create a greater chaos on the starting line, because now there are more boats in the same place, he says.
This weekend’s Grand Prix in Bermuda will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. The first sailing will start on Saturday at 19 Danish time.
In mid-August, the fast catamaran boats will pass Copenhagen.
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