• French Flies In Sydney

    France SailGP Team unveils its boat and switches to action mode in Sydney

    The all-new SailGP international circuit gets under way in Sydney, where the inaugural regattas will be held on February 15th and 16th. After that of the Australian team, it is that of the French team that has been unveiled in its new design. With a dress adorned essentially with blue, the F50 will carry high the colors of France and its team. This symbolic first stage of launching in the port of Sydney concretizes the beginning of a new sailing and competitive era that will make sense in 3 weeks. The countdown begins ! Meanwhile, ride, develop the F50 monotypes, learn to tame, then aim for performance, this is what already occupies the French Team SailGP Billy Besson.

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    There, in Sydney, France SailGP Team's technical team has been hard at work for a few days to assemble, prepare, adjust and fine-tune its F50 so that everything is ready when Billy Besson and Marie Riou arrive on site. Sunday. On the shores of Sydney Harbor, Yoann Bibeau and the technical team are not idle. The boat captain of the French Team is not the main person in charge of the assembly of the boat, since the load returns to the technical team of the SailGP circuit, but it assists and ensures the smooth running of the operations.

    "The assembly takes time, especially for the installation of electronic and hydraulic systems, especially since there is not one, but six boats to put in working order, and that the monotype imposes a constant watch on equal adjustments. It's good if they allow the boat to perform well, but the priority is for all teams to be on an equal footing. "

    Collective tests and shared efforts

    During this period of "sea trials" each boat will be tested by a rotating crew composed of sailors from all teams. When Billy Besson, Marie Riou and their teammates land their barda in Sydney Bay on Sunday, they will be invited to join the test team led by Australian skipper Tom Slingsby.

    Only once this test period is over will the three weeks of training begin, with the first duels on February 1st. "It's a beautiful page ahead," says Billy Besson from Portugal where, until this weekend, he is in Olympic training with Marie Riou. "I'm very excited to get into the thick of things, especially since there's a lot of work to be done to get ready for the 14 February warm-up and the two-day regatta on 15 and 16. February ".

    It is therefore aboard the catamaran "blue" that we will meet the flight crew tricolor in a few days. Like the Blue, symbol of truth and trust, the team led by Billy Besson and Marie Riou will participate in the writing of a new chapter in the history of world sailing.

    With just three weeks to go before SailGP’s international debut, the France SailGP Team today unveiled its boat on Sydney Harbour. The new F50 catamaran is the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced race boat, and will feature prominently in SailGP, a global racing championship premiering in Sydney on 15 and 16 February.
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