Jimmy Spithill on SailGP

Sailing legend Jimmy Spithill explains how his United States SailGP Team overcame treacherous conditions to salvage fourth place at Denmark Sail Grand Prix in Aarhus.

This photo, taken at the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix in Aarhus this week, is one of the craziest I’ve seen in a long time.

If you look closely, you can see me hanging off the wheel with both hands, and my mate Paul Campbell-James mid-somersault, braced for impact.

When you’re racing at almost 100kph on these fully-loaded SailGP F50 boats, the G-forces on the turn are insane – hitting as much as 3Gs, about the same as astronauts experience during a rocket launch.

It’s a bit like being on a rollercoaster. You’re wrestling a 2.4-tonne boat and have to give everything, just to hang on.

For the full story, see: https://www.redbull.com/int-en/jimmy-spithill-sailgp-denmark-blog

By Jimmy Spithill

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