Two of the world’s best skippers are trying to regain their sea legs before falling further behind in SailGP’s race for the $1 million Season 3 championship.
Britain’s Sir Ben Ainslie will return to the fleet this weekend in St.
Team New Zealand skipper Peter Burling got his long-awaited first SailGP win on Sunday, knocking off sailing royalty while competing in front of real royalty in Plymouth, England.
Burling steered the Kiwis’ foiling 50-foot catamaran to victory in the podium race of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix, beating his rival from across the Tasman Sea, Tom Slingsby, to end Team Australia’s five-regatta winning streak spanning two seasons.
New Zealand skipper Peter Burling won one fleet race and finished second in the other two on Saturday to take the lead in the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix Plymouth.
It was the best day yet in Burling’s two seasons in tech tycoon Larry Ellison’s global league, which is contested in foiling 50-foot catamarans capable of hitting highway speeds.
The hottest rivalry in sailing heads across the pond to Old Blighty, where Sir Ben Ainslie and his British crew will face the tall task of defending home waters against Tom Slingsby and his crew of seemingly unbeatable Australians.
Tom Slingsby and his two-time defending SailGP champion Team Australia expertly sailed their “Flying Roo” foiling catamaran to a commanding victory Sunday in the podium race of the opening regatta of Season 3 on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
Team Japan skipper Nathan Outteridge clinched the third and final spot in SailGP’s $1 million, winner-take-all Season 2 championship race with a strong performance in Saturday’s three fleet races in the Mubadala United States Grand Prix on San Francisco Bay.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia recovered from a poor start to score a vital race win on the first day of SailGP racing on Sydney Harbour, as two of its biggest rivals were involved in a damaging collision.
Tom Slingsby and Team Australia won the Spain Sail Grand Prix on Sunday by sailing to an easy win in the podium race after Sir Ben Ainslie’s British team capsized just after the start, effectively knocking U.S.
CADIZ, Spain (AP) — Tom Slingsby skippered Team Australia to finishes of second, fourth and second on Saturday to take the lead after the first day of the Spain Sail Grand Prix.
Slingsby, looking to bounce back from a last-place finish in Saint-Tropez, took a 19-18 lead over Jimmy Spithill’s Team USA, with Nicolai Sehested’s Denmark SailGP Team another four points back.
Britain’s Sir Ben Ainslie now has another title: Team owner in the SailGP global league.
Ainslie and business partner Chris Bake have purchased majority ownership in Great Britain SailGP Team, with American tech billionaire Larry Ellison retaining a minority stake.
After watching the last two regattas from another continent, Sir Ben Ainslie will be back at the wheel of the British boat for SailGP’s regatta Friday and Saturday in Aarhus, Denmark.
While SailGP raced in Italy and England earlier this summer, Ainslie was in California with his wife, Georgie, for the birth of their second child, son Fox.
The SailGP global road show touches down in Old Blighty this weekend, giving Britain’s Paul Goodison the opportunity to race in front of home crowds for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: At age 54, cancer survivor Santiago Lange of Argentina became the oldest medalist at the Rio Games when he and crew Cecilia Carranza Saroli won the gold in the Olympic debut of the Nacra 17 mixed catamaran class.
The second regatta in SailGP’s second season will be notable for who’s missing as much as who will be sailing in Taranto, Italy.
The biggest absence will be that of Sir Ben Ainslie, who helmed the British team to victory in the podium race in the opening regatta in Bermuda after Tom Slingsby’s defending champion Australian team dominated the fleet racing.