Hey! I’m Iléana from the RS Sailing Marketing Team and this was my first time experiencing a SailGP event. Supporting SailGP was an incredible experience as they reinvent our sport for the better. For those who don’t know me, I am quite passionate about the environment and sustainability. I was impressed at the efforts SailGP have made to protect our playground and it just goes to show that it is possible to have fun without compromising nature. I am amazed that even after all the work that goes into the F50 racing, they still find time to support grassroots sailing in every city that SailGP attends through the Inspire project. The whole weekend was pure vibes, great music and fantastic sailing!
The day before racing, a group from the RS team headed down to Plymouth and we had an epic time helping out. We were involved across the whole SailGP experience with people helping the Inspire initiative, the MarkSetBot team, course marshalling and spotting on the PR boats. Our friendly team had the pleasure of being up on Plymouth Hoe absorbing the wild atmosphere and enjoying chatting to people as passionate about sailing as we are. We were so lucky to have front row seats to the racing and gorgeous weather, which is rare in Plymouth, spectating the F50s.
On the Friday, our team was working hard preparing for the weekend. Our marketing and sales team set up the stand on Plymouth Hoe ready to welcome lots of sailing enthusiasts! Oscar, our sales team member says,
“Our stand had a stunning backdrop of the F50s, so we were able to see the race from wherever we were, and having the big screens made viewing much easier! It was exciting to have music, commentary and sunshine to watch Sail GP in style!”
Once all our hard work had been done for the day, we were fortunate enough to see the F50 practise races and celebrate the beginning of what was an unforgettable weekend.
As the weekend rolled around, we were all eager to see what SailGP had in store for us. As a partner of the SailGP Inspire project, we are always eager to see happy faces and big smiles on our boats wherever we go. SailGP is redefining the sport of sailing as a completely new global sports series with awesome and inspiring athleticism.
The purpose of the SailGP Inspire project is to forge the future through community, education, and accessibility. We receive some fantastic feedback from the young sailors, parents, and wider community about how meaningful our proactiveness and presence is within and around the sailing community. It has been a true pleasure enabling local young people to sail at the prelude to such a prestigious sailing event that inspires so many!
Paddy, from our marketing team, spent the weekend with the SailGP Inspire project and he says,
“What a great event! It was so much fun following the RS Feva Inspire children around for the weekend – seeing the excitement on their faces as the F50s flew past their RS Fevas. Plymouth and everyone involved nailed the event!”
As well as the Inspire project, some of our RS crew assisted with course marshalling and Mark Set Bots for the F50 races. Beth, our operational logistics coordinator, was on one of the course marshal ribs and says,
“Having front row seats to the racing was the best bit, and although the heat was desirable during the day… not so much at night!”
The saddest part of the whole event was pack down on Sunday evening. The sun was shining strong and with very little wind… manual labour was less than appealing. However, like always, our RS crew pulled through to ensure that everything was tidied up safely and we could head home after a tiring, fascinating and inspiring weekend.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all the SailGP staff and volunteers who made this weekend possible. It was so great to be back at an in-person event and meet lots of sailing enthusiasts. Congratulations again to the Australia team for taking the win! Thank you SailGP, you were awesome.