Australia edge rivals in nail-biting Sail GP final

Australia’s Sail GP team celebrated winning their first event of the season in front of thousands of British fans on Plymouth Hoe.

Overlooking Plymouth Sound where the F50 racecourse was located, supporters enjoyed a thrilling finish on a perfect English summer day.

The Australian team, led by Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby, are aiming to be back-to-back season champions after their victory in Sail GP’s inaugural season in 2019 (2020’s season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

At Plymouth Sound they edged the USA and France Sail GP teams in a nail-biting final.

“We’re now three events in, we’ve had lead changes at each one with different people winning each time, and we’re just starting the rollercoaster,” Slingsby said.

“We’ve got plenty more turns ahead.

“We’ve come from close to the top of the leaderboard, to down at the bottom, and now we’re back at the top. There’s no form guide, every team has its day, and we’ve just got to hold on for the ride to try and make that Grand Final in San Francisco next March.”

For Australia’s British grinder Nick Hutton the win was extra special in front of home fans.

“It’s always great to win and for me it’s extra special winning in Plymouth,” he said.

“It’s as close as I’m ever going to get to racing at home so I’m super happy. The last race was very hectic for us, we didn’t make it easy for ourselves, but it was great to get it done.”

The next stop on Sail GP’s calendar will see Aarhus, Denmark, host the fourth race of the season on August 20-21.

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