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Hannah Mills won 470 women’s gold alongside Eilidh McIntyre in the Tokyo Olympics
Brit Hannah Mills will make history again when SailGP includes female sailors for the first time.
Mills, the most successful Olympic sailor with two golds and one silver, is one of eight women who will start this weekend in Cadiz, Spain.
The 33-year-old was chosen by Ben Ainslie to join his Great Britain SailGP team after completing the exams.
“This is pretty groundbreaking for women sailors and the sport,” said Mills.
“I know how inspiring it would have been to me when I was young.”
SailGP launched its Women’s Pathway Program in 2020 to “Promote Inclusion, Inspire Change and Provide Opportunities at All Levels of Sport”.
The $ 1 million (£ 735,305) prize competition has added an additional crew position on board each F50 catamaran.
The other sailors this weekend are Nina Curtis for Australia, Katja Salskov-Iversen for Denmark, Amelie Riou for France, Sena Takano for Japan, Erica Dawson for New Zealand, Andrea Emone for Spain and CJ Perez for the USA.
“The more career opportunities there are, the more women will participate,” added Mills.
“It’s pumping adrenaline like no other sailing I’ve ever done. The speed and g-forces you take around turns are absolutely phenomenal. It can feel like the boat is on the edge.”
Ainslie, the most successful male Olympic sailor, said, “Hannah is a great team player. Talent speaks for itself. Results speak for themselves. They don’t get any better at female sailing.
“She is just as motivated, if not more motivated, to win than the rest of us.”