As 2019 World and European champion and World Sailor of the Year, Anne-Marie Rindom requires no introduction in the sailing world.
But as the newest member of the Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL, she is beginning a completely new challenge – getting to grips with the foiling F50 catamaran which hits speeds of up to 100km/hr.
We caught up with her to chat about the transition into SailGP, and how it feels to be part of ROCKWOOL and Denmark’s campaign in the F50s.
Anne-Marie – how did you come to join Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL?
Well, normally I sail the Laser Radial, so it’s a completely different game, but I've been following SailGP for a long time, and since I saw on the website, that they're trying to have female sailors into the programme, I was really stoked and I was thinking, should I call Nicolai, or should I not? Luckily, he called me and asked if I wanted to be a part of it.
You’ve joined the team alongside Katja Salskov-Iversen as part of the SailGP female development programme, how is that?
I’ve known Katja a long time, we went to the Games together in 2016 and she is really great. It’s really nice to be able to share this journey and new challenge with her.
How was your first experience onboard the foiling F50 in Bermuda?
I honestly don’t think you can imagine what it’s like until you’ve been onboard. We hit a max speed of 43 knots which is double the speed I’ve ever been at on a boat. It’s absolutely amazing!