April 13, 2024

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New Zealand win at home and Spain advance to the final

New Zealand win at home and Spain advance to the final

The Spanish SailGP team was on the verge of reaching the final at the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix.. On a very hot day, after Saturday's Tests were called off due to dolphins, this time they faced New Zealand, France and Canada in an all-out battle to reach the final. Team New Zealand won again in front of their fans who packed Christchurch Beach.

The first race came back from seventh place after a troubled start. Although France led the race from the start, they had to settle for second place when New Zealanders overtook them in the closing stages. The season has been one of the most eventful so far, with incidents affecting teams like Denmark and Australia.

After a solid second place in the next Test, Diego Bout's men battled it out for a place in the final And although they led for most of the third round, the Spaniards were beaten by the New Zealanders in the final and dropped out of contention.

In the final, Peter Burling showed his mettle by clearly defeating France and Canada to secure another win on home soil.

Despite not reaching the final, the Spanish team finished fourth in ChristchurchThis allowed him to climb to third place in the general classification with 55 points, and the Danes were penalized.

The result puts them one point ahead of France and five ahead of Denmark. In addition, Australia's incident with the float led to a 12-point penalty at the event, and an 8-point penalty at the championship. On the other hand, the Danes scored 8 points in the Grand Prix and 4 points in the season.

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Diego Bodin regretted “not being able to participate in the final, but it was a very good event for the team”.. “We've been very competitive and we're on track to take another step and keep pushing.”

At the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, The Spanish SailGP team competed in the F50 Victoria with a crew of sevenThe grinders are led by Diego Bodin as captain, Florian Tritel as trimmer, Joel Rodriguez as flight controller, Nicole van der Velden as strategist, Stewart Dodson, Joan Cardona and Bernardo Freitas.

The next SailGP event is the Bermuda Sail Grand PrixScheduled for May 4th and 5th.