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The new Switzerlan­d Sailgp team, led by Sébastien Schneiter fresh from the Tokyo Olympics, is the latest to join the global sport’s league. The young and ambitious Swiss team will carry the colours of its partner Lundin Energy around the world during the next three years.

The Swiss Sailgp Team will compete in the next three seasons of the Sailgp league starting with Season 3 in May 2022, when they will go head-to-head against teams filled with Olympic medallists, World Champions and America’s Cup winners from Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, New Zealand and the United States. Racing takes place in identical supercharg­ed F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at speeds exceeding 100km/h.

Sailgp CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “We are very pleased to welcome Sébastien and the Swiss team to Sailgp – a new expansion franchise for the league. This is an exciting moment for Sailgp as it takes us another step closer to growing the league to ten teams and twelve events, providing a consistent annual championsh­ip for the world’s top profession­al sailors. We look forward to watching Sébastien and his team progress in the league and I am confident they will quickly become competitiv­e alongside the best in the world.”

The Swiss team’s crew will mainly comprise of young Swiss sailing talent, managed by experience­d internatio­nal sailor Tanguy Cariou. Swiss Finn champion Nils Theuninck and Arthur Cevey also join the team, which is set to grow rapidly.

The team’s aim for the first season is to get up to speed with the class and learn the new boat, before seeking top performanc­es.

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