Black Foils Pad Season Lead with SailGP New York Win

New Zealand's Black Foils seem to lurk in the qualifying races, but once in the Final of New York's SailGP, they were dominant once again.
New Zealand’s Black Foils advanced to and won the Finale at the Mudabala New York Sail Grand Prix while the Australian squad missed out. Felix Diemer for SailGP

New Zealand’s Black Foils have claimed victory at the Mubadala New York Sail Grand Prix, securing their fifth win in 12 events and extending their lead at the top of the season standings. With only three weeks until the ultimate SailGP showdown in San Francisco (July 13-14), New Zealand will head into the Grand Final with a 15-point advantage over Australia. 

Celebrating the win, Black Foils driver Peter Burling said: “This weekend was our last chance to compete in the final before San Fran. We got off the line well three times, and then it was just sailing clean races. But it was definitely super hard on control, with all the ferry waves and the turbulence from the current and the water, so I’m really proud of the team – we’re going to carry that momentum to San Fran. We’re not just going to the final to be there, we want to go there to win it. We know that the last race is the only one that really matters now.”

New York served up its usual challenges: shifty winds and strong currents, but with a different race track than 2019, the racecourses had more spread. Simon Bruty for SailGP

The penultimate event of Season 4 has marked a coming of age for the global racing championship, which first touched down in the city in 2019. A sold-out event across both days, around 8,000 fans made their way to the purpose-built Race Stadium on Governors Island to witness the most exciting racing on water first-hand, with more fans watching from the water and from vantages spanning the Manhattan shoreline.

Setting The Stage for San Fran SailGP

The weekend’s results have added even more drama in the ‘Battle for Third’ unfolding across the fleet with USD $2 million on the line—the largest prize pot in the sport. Despite missing out on the Final, a commanding victory by the Flying Roo in Fleet Race 4 was critical for the Aussie crew, with driver Tom Slingsby commenting: “Somehow those points worked out pretty well for us—we got a bit lucky out of this event.”

“We’ve been trying to get a bit of momentum heading into San Francisco and we haven’t really nailed that, but we’ve just got to remember that we’ve got a really good track record in San Francisco and the team’s got a lot of confidence there, so we’ll head in with confidence,” Slingsby continued.

Black Foils winning sailing team of Peter Burling, Liv Mackay, Blaire Tuke, Andy Maloney, Marcus Hansen, and Josh Junior, victorious in NYC. Ricardo Pinto for SailGP

Slipping from second to third in the overall standings, Spain has now opened the door to Quentin Delapierre’s France, who finished fifth in New York, with only five points separating the two teams.

Spain’s Diego Botin said: “I think the position we are in will make us be super well prepared for San Fran. We’ll look deep into everything because it’s going to be a big fight.”

The stop also marked the second top performance of Emirates GBR SailGP Team. Helm Giles Scott secured his second podium result in as many events after placing third at the Mubadala New York Sail Grand Prix. While Scott was hoping for a win on his birthday in New York, his Emirates GBR SailGP Team finished third in the US capital. The result means the Brits are the only team to make it in to the final races of the last two events, after winning the Canadian Sail Grand Prix earlier this month.

Felix Diemer for SailGP

Despite an impressive performance on the opening day of racing in New York, there were further blows in the Final for driver Phil Robertson and the Canada SailGP Team. Despite heading into Championship Sunday top of the event leaderboard, the Canadians were unable to secure what could have been a momentous victory on rival waters. 

Always the maverick, Robertson remained optimistic on his chances for a spot in San Francisco. “It was obviously a very good weekend for us,” said Robertson. “We performed really well in the racing, but the three0-boat finals are a tricky one. I was in a position to attack the Kiwis and I actually decided not to – which is probably slightly out of character – as I thought we could have a crack at pushing over them. We’re climbing up the leaderboard and we’ve put it together this weekend; that’s something we’re really proud of.”

With a new venue at New York’s Governors Island, there were good seats to watch the racing play out on New York Harbor. Simon Bruty for SailGP

For the U.S. SailGP Team, New York marked the first of two consecutive home events. Despite a challenging home debut, driver Taylor Canfield said: “We are really looking forward to staying in the U.S. for the next one. Being here in front of the whole crowd and all the support we’re getting for San Francisco, it’s incredible. So, we ask the fans to bear with us a little longer! It will come! We’re pumped for a steady, windy venue from what we know, so it should be an exciting one.”


  • 1 // New Zealand 93 points
  • 2 // Australia 78 points
  • 3 // Spain 76 points
  • 4 // France 71 points
  • 5 // Canada 67 points
  • 6 // ROCKWOOL Denmark 67 points
  • 7 // Emirates Great Britain 66 points
  • 8 // United States 51 points
  • 9 // Germany 35 points
  • 10 // Switzerland 33 points