Sebastian Vettel gives sailing premiere in SailGP
The four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel was behind the wheel again – albeit on an unfamiliar surface.
The four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel was behind the wheel again – albeit on an unfamiliar surface.
The 36-year-old from Heppenheim is a co-owner of the Germany SailGP team and sailed on the German F50 catamaran for the first time during the pre-training session off Los Angeles. The second round of the twelve-part professional series will take place in front of the Californian metropolis this Sunday and Monday.
“I’m happy to be on board with the team in LA and to fly over the water at up to 100 kilometers per hour,” Vettel said before his sailing debut. “Before that, I have to do special safety training so that I can move around on the boat and not just be ballast. It will definitely be a new experience when the team is so directly around you and you don’t just communicate via radio.”
Germany for the first time at the SailGP series
The Germany SailGP Team, which just entered the World Sailing League at the start of the season in Chicago, wants to prove itself again in Californian waters. Helmsman is Erik Heil from Strande near Kiel.
The SailGP series is taking place for the fourth time this year. Germany is there for the first time. A total of ten boats compete. The Australian team won the previous three editions with the exceptional sailor Tom Slingsby. Other well-known participants are the New Zealand America’s Cup defenders around Peter Burling and the British team Emirates GBR with Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in sports history.
The F50 catamarans are an evolution of the catamarans used in the America’s Cup. They can reach speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.