In the Bay of San Francisco (USA) on Saturday held three races of the second stage of the international sailing League SailGP. And three times celebrated the victory of the Japanese team with skipper Nathan Outteridge.
We recall (although we have often written) that the initiators SailGP are one of the richest people in the world, owner of Oracle Team USA, Larry Ellison and five-time winner of the America’s Cup Russell Coutts. Important detail: World Sailing not only expressed full support for the new League, but also included it in the list of the most important sailing competitions in the world.
Races are held on the fastest ships in the world sails a 50-foot winged catamarans class F50, which was specifically designed for SailGP and the assurances of developers, capable of speeds over 50 knots. On the first day, however, such speeds could only dream of.
As already mentioned, the sum of three races, ahead of the team representing Japan (a total of 6 teams). Sensation in it, actually, no. Three crew members of the five – the famous Australian racers. Helmsman Nathan Outteridge – Olympic champion-2012 in the 49er class, winner of 19 world Championships medals in different classes, skipper Artemis Racing in the two Cup “America”. Besides Outteridge was directly involved in the development and testing of cars F50, so experience of managing this catamaran it is much more than its other tail feathers.
Trimmer, Ian Jensen is also the Olympic champion of 2012 and multiple world champion in class 4
9er (along with the same Outteridge). Tactics Parkinson – bronze medalist at the world Championships in the 470 class, and is it the same as Outteridge and Parkinson participated in the drawing of the America’s Cup team Artemis Racing. As for grinders – Yugo Yoshida and Yuki Kasatani kind of regalia they have, of course, smaller, but they also played in the America’s Cup – as part of the Japanese team. Agree, that says a lot.
So, after the first day and three races, the table looks like this:
1. Japan (skipper Nathan Outteridge) – 30 points (parishes 1 – 1 – 1)
2. Australia (Tom Slingsby) 26 (2, 2, 3)
3. UK (Dylan Fletcher) – 24 (3 – 4 – 2)
4. USA (Rome Kirby) – 22 (4 – 3 – 4)
5. China (Phil Robertson) – 17 (6 – 5 -6)
6.France (Billy Besson) – 16 (5 – 6 – 6)
By the way, in the first stage of the League SailGP, which was held in February in Sydney, after the first three races Japan was the leader, and Australia is second. They met the next day in the super final, where the hosts won – Australians.
How will be this time? We’ll know tomorrow.