We all know Sam Bird is fast on dry land in a car, but what about when you put him in a boat out at sea? Envision Virgin Racing teamed up with SailGP to find out…
Surprisingly, racing and sailing actually share many similarities – especially the need for fitness. Bird discovered this when he took on GB Team athlete and British Gold medallist Matt Gotrel.
Also much like motorsport, safety is taken very seriously in sailing so Bird was expected to go through some pretty intense training. This included being thrown – and held – underwater for a period of time.
Then, it was off to the high seas to see how he’d get on as part of the crew on the Team GB boat.