The winner will get a million!
On Friday, September 20, the final – fifth – stage of the international sailing league – SailGP, starts in Marseille.
All six teams participating in the 2019 races conduct intense training these days in the Marseilles waters, which many consider to be one of the most difficult in the world.
Ahead of the crews, we recall, not only the final stage, but also the final (it will be held here on Sunday, September 22), in which the two strongest league teams will meet in the sum of all the starts held during the season. The winner of this – decisive – race will receive the main (and only) SailGP prize – a million dollars. The rest will not get anything. Cruel, but these are the rules.
It is easy to assume that the two most successful teams of the year will converge in the final – the Australian team (steering – Tom Slingsby, Olympic champion 2012 in Laser class, eight-time world champion in different classes, winner of the America Cup 2013, holder of the title of Best Yachtsman of the Year in World 2010) and the Japanese team (steering – Nathan Outteridge, he is also an Australian, and also – the Olympic champion 2012 in class 49er, winner of 19 medals of world championships in different classes, skipper Artemis Racing in two draws of the America Cup) .
Both teams go almost flush and are far ahead of other SailGP members. Here's what the table looks like after four steps:
1. Australia – 169 points;
2. Japan – 165 points;
3. USA – 123 points;
4. United Kingdom – 120 points;
5. China – 117 points;
6. France – 115 points.
Recall that the initiators of the creation of SailGP are one of the richest people in the world, the owner of Oracle Team USA Larry Ellison and his right hand, five-time winner of the America's Cup Russell Kutts. They announced their project in early October 2018.
And a year has not passed since, and SailGP is already completing its first season. Yes, these two masters can be treated differently, but we must admit that their words do not diverge from their deeds!
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