The Australia Sail Grand Prix of December 2021 was full of unprecedented drama and excitement. Eight high-speed foiling F50 racing catamarans lined up on the start line in what would be one of the most sensational events of the Sail GP championship. And it wasn’t long into the event before the power and versatility of the Protector Chase came into its own.
PROTECTOR TO THE RESCUE
During the pre-start of the third fleet race on day one, team GB crashed spectacularly into Japan, severing clean the bow of the starboard hull and leaving a huge hole in the front of the boat. A Protector RIB was first on the scene to provide rapid assistance, coming alongside the starboard hull. The Protector Boat was able to hold the boat stationary so the crew could assess the damage and rig emergency floatation to prevent the F50 from sinking. It then towed the boat back to the event base where she was hauled out for closer inspection. Watch the footage below to see the drama unfold!
PROTECTOR CHASE BOATS
Sail GP take safety very seriously so they have a fleet of Protector Chase Boats to support their high-octane races. The Sail GP F50 foiling catamarans can reach speeds of over 50 knots, so they need support boats that can easily keep pace and provide first response assistance in the event of an incident like the one in Sydney. The high-performance centre-console Protector Chase is ideal for sailing events such as these with its tremendous horsepower and extended hull providing a fast yet smooth ride, even in rough water. The spacious cockpit is perfect for carrying sails and support crew, and its unrivaled stability provides a great platform for the crew to work from.