SGP Bermuda Update 4 | Sunday May 15: Tom Slingsby’s slick Australian lineup proves unbeatable in Bermuda
Victory once again for the tight knit Australian crew as they claim first blood at the SailGP Season 3 opening event
Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team proved their mettle on the second day of the SailGP Season 3 opening regatta to clock up a fourth and a first in the opening fleet races of the day before easily dispatching their fellow finalists Great Britain and Canada in the three boat final to claim the Bermuda event title.
Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain team had to come from behind to snatch second after fluffing a gybe in the final minute before the start that left them 10 seconds or more late at the gun.
Despite having to settle for third overall, Phil Robertson’s newcomer Canadian team will leave Bermuda with plenty to celebrate after outperforming all expectations at their very first SailGP regatta.
As expected, the second day of racing took place in near perfect F50 weather with 13-14 knots of shifting breeze and bright sunny conditions prevailing out on Bermuda’s Great Sound.
The start of the first race of the second day in Bermuda saw the French team black flagged for barging in at high speed on the British at the windward end of the line.
The umpires immediately pulled the French boat out of the action leaving Ben Ainslie’s British crew fighting to get back up to speed after having had to take avoiding action to prevent a major crash.
Meanwhile at the leeward end of the line Jordi Xammar’s Spanish crew scorched off the line to lead comfortably at the first turning mark ahead of Peter Burling’s New Zealand crew and Nicolai Sehested on the Danish F50.
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