Denmark unveil line-up ahead of SailGP season opener in Bermuda
Denmark’s SailGP team have revealed their crew to compete in the series’ second season, including two female athletes who bring additional Olympic experience to the team.
Danish helm Nicolai Sehested revealed an all-star crew consisting of Olympic medal-winners, world champions and round-the-world racers ahead of the series opener in Bermuda on April 24 and 25.
Sehested confirmed that he will once again be joined by Rasmus Køstner, Martin Kirketerp, brothers Hans-Christian Rosendahl and Lars-Peter Rosendahl, and Tom Johnson. Hailing from Perth, Australia, but currently living in Denmark, Johnson is the only international member of a majority Danish crew.
Sehested also announced that the roster will also feature Danish Olympic medal-winners Anne-Marie Rindom and Katja Salskov-Iversen, the two successful candidates in the wake of the Denmark SailGP Team female selection camp.
Rindom is a two-times world champion and the 2019 World Sailor of the Year, who competes in the Laser Radial class. She won a bronze medal at Rio 2016, and is preparing to race at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Salskov-Iversen, who raced in the Olympic 49erFX class alongside Jena-Mai Hansen, also took home a bronze medal from Brazil, a year before winning the World Championships.
The initial phase of SailGP’s female development programme consisted of a selection camp in Quiberon, France, in February — and the next stage will see Rindom and Salskov-Iversen immersed in the team for the opening grand prix in Bermuda.
After that first event, at least one of the athletes will be selected to join Denmark SailGP Team for the rest of the season.
“I’m delighted with the level of talent, experience and skill we have in this team — but also the energy and the culture we have within the group,” Sehested said.
“We have spent the last 12 months since the Sydney event, where we made our SailGP debut, working hard and developing as a team, and we are in a much stronger place than we were going into that event.
“We are confident and looking to surprise a few people this season. This is truly a team that the whole of Denmark can be proud of.”
On Rindom and Salskov-Iversen, he added: “Both Anne-Marie and Katja have impressed us during this first phase of the selection process and they bring new skills and experience to the team.
“They are both different personalities, but they share common ground racing at the Olympics, and that gives them a strong mentality, valuable experience racing at the top of the sport, and a sharp focus on elite performance.
“Racing as part of a team, in these foiling, supercharged boats, is very new to them, but we welcome them to the team and we’re looking forward to helping them develop their experience and skill sets in Bermuda and beyond.”
The eight-strong crew will depart for Bermuda at the end of this month before embarking on some preseason training in the F50 ahead of the season opener.
Rindom, who will combine her Olympic campaign with the commitment to the Denmark SailGP Team, said: “When I was offered the opportunity to be part of this team, I didn’t hesitate to say ‘yes’ because it’s an exciting and new challenge.
“Competing in a single-handed Olympic class means that I spend a lot of time focused on my own performance, but to be a part of a fantastic team like Denmark SailGP Team is a completely different game compared to anything I have done previously in my career.
“I know it will be a steep learning curve, but I’m really looking forward to developing my skills and getting involved in Bermuda.”