Sail GP – Day One
The first day of SailGP in Sydney, Australia, ended with three races and a confident victory for the British team led by Sir Ben Ainsley.
© Valeria Kovalenko
Today the atmosphere of a real holiday reigned in Sydney, from the very morning on the waterfront it was possible to meet people in all kinds of yachting brands, with logos of world sailing events, crews and yacht classes. It was possible to watch the races both from the water and from the island of Shark Island, where an official commentary station was organized and around which a racing distance was established.
The first race day ended with 3 victories of Sir Ben Ainsley. Finishing each time with a wide margin from rivals, the eminent Briton left no chance for other teams.
The Australian team of Tom Slingsby finished the day in second place with arrivals 2-3-5 in the equality of points with the Japanese team. In the second race, Tom Slingsby lost his position in the top three several times, but was able to secure himself 3rd place by the finish line. In the third race, this did not work and the Australians finished in 5th place.
After a serious collision with the Spanish team of Phil Robertson, the French team could not participate in two races. Spanish journalists after the races recorded enthusiastic reports, rejoicing at the success of their team – with the arrival of 5-2-2, the Spanish team is on the 5th line due to the removal of 9 penalty points for a clash with the French team.
2 fleet races and a match flight are planned for tomorrow. The start of the first race at 8.30 Moscow time.
Transmitted by special correspondent Valery Kovalenko
Final table of results:
Team GB (Steering Ben Ansley) – 30 points
Team Australia (steering Tom Slingsby) – 23 points
Team Japan (helmsman Nathan Outeridge) – 23 points
Team USA (steering rum Kirby) – 19 points
Team Spain (Steering Phil Robertson) – 15 points
Team Denmark (helmsman Nikolay Sekhed) – 13 points
Team France (steering Billy Besson) – 5 points
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