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Jimmy Spithill: “This is the most talented fleet of sailors ever assembled”

It was great to be back racing in Europe for the first time this season, as SailGP hit Plymouth this weekend for the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix.
Plymouth Sound is such a great venue, and it’s a natural amphitheatre for the fans. There aren’t many other places like it, and even the weather held up (well, mostly), so it was cool to see so many spectators turn out to watch us fly our F50s.
I first raced in Plymouth around 10 years ago, and it’s always the same – very shifty and challenging conditions, with heaps of opportunities making for exciting racing, but always a huge turnout - especially with Ben Ainslie leading the British Team.
USA SailGP Team helmed by Jimmy Spithill in action on Race Day 1 of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth, England on July 30, 2022.
Plymouth Sound is a great venue, a natural amphitheatre for the fans
It was also a big opportunity for all of us at United States SailGP Team to redeem ourselves after such a frustrating home Sail Grand Prix in Chicago last month.
It’s been a long four weeks or so since we last raced, and we’ve been looking hard through the data, studying the onboard communications and our boat set-up.
One of the coolest things about SailGP is that thanks to Oracle, we have an incredible depth of information at our fingertips, and there’s no hiding – the numbers don’t lie.
We invested in a new crew combination this season and knew that it would take some time to settle in.

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