Victory for the hosts – team of Australia has finished the first stage of a new international sailing League SailGP for two days held on Sydney harbour.
In the final match-flight, featuring teams with the highest number of points the sum of five preliminary races, Australia was found with Japan. The real struggle, however, has not turned out: the owners have gradually built up a lead by the fourth mark ahead of rivals at 350 meters and finished 38 seconds ahead of them.
Here’s what the final standings:
1. Australia (helmsman Tom Slingsby) – 48 points;
2. Japan (Nathan Outteridge) – 45;
3. UK (Dylan Fletcher) – 36;
4. China (Phil Robertson) – 33;
5. France (Billy Besson) – 33;
6. USA (Rome Kirby) – 31.
That the Japanese team, let’s say, not Japanese (as her crew set the tone three famous Australian boaters) we have already talked before. Now is the time to present the winners – so to speak, the team of Australia No. 1.
Helmsman Tom Slingsby, the Olympic champion-2012 in the “Laser”, the eight-time world champion in different classes, the winner of the America’s Cup -2013 (he was a tactician), winner of the title of Best yachtsman in the world in 2010.
Trimmer Kyle Langford, the former world champion in the RC44 class, a veteran of two Cup “of America” part of Oracle Team USA, participant of the recent Volvo Ocean Race. Tactics Jason Waterhouse – silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics, winner of the world Championships in the Nacra 17, the participant of the last America’s Cup for the Japanese team. In the drawings of the America’s Cup participated and grinders Kai Hurst and Sam Newton, the first of them – the winner of the world Championships marathon swimmer and multiple Australian champion in triathlon and the second four-time world champion in a class of 18-foot Skiff.
Titles Australian team, of course, was the most eminent among all six teams acting SailGP. Besides, it was the Australians at home. So, I think, everything is logical.
The victory of his team has caused a storm of delight of the many thousands of fans who watched the races. According to most of them, a new sailing League is a great undertaking which will enjoy a bright future.
But most is not all. In the Network, including on the official page SailGP on Facebook already posted a lot of criticisms. Here are some of them:
“When you look at the race from the shore or from boats for the spectators it is impossible to understand what is happening. Not enough radio report – maybe it would help though something to understand.”
“The new League is a huge fail. Catamarans suck, and certainly a step backwards compared to the AC50. It’s hard to see what they do with the races gentlemen Ellison and Coutts”.
“‘ve been waiting for. It’s not the spectacle, but what the hell. Only lost time”.
Well, the same time definitely will judge between supporters and opponents SailGP. And we in conclusion, let us remind you that the next stage of the League will be held may 4-5 in San Francisco that this will be followed by three more stages, and that the winner of the whole tournament (and only he!) you’ll get a million dollars.