Slingsby leads Australians to lead in Spanish SailGP regatta

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CADIZ, Spain (AP) – Tom Slingsby led Team Australia to second, fourth and second on Saturday to take the lead after day one of the Spanish Sailing Grand Prix.

Slingsby, looking to bounce back from a final place in Saint-Tropez, took a 19-18 lead over Jimmy Spithill’s USA team, while Nicolai Sehested’s Danish team SailGP are still four points behind. The rest of the peloton are Great Britain, Spain, Japan, New Zealand and France.

The final two races will take place on Sunday, with the top three teams qualifying for the podium race.

The Australians narrowly lost to British side Sir Ben Ainslie in the opening race. Spain won the second race in front of their home crowd and the United States won the third race

“To sum up today’s race, it was a happy race,” said Slingsby, Olympic gold medalist and former America’s Cup champion who led the Australians to the inaugural championship and an award from $ 1 million, 2019 win-win “It’s like a minefield out there. We said we don’t want shock, it’s a real “day of danger”. We knew that the wind was going to be weak and that tomorrow we will have stronger winds.

“To come away with three consistent results, we are thrilled,” Slingsby said. “It doesn’t matter whether we are at the top of the table, we just didn’t want to have a bad result and yes, we are happy.”

Saturday was the first time that women sailed in each crew as part of the Women’s Pathway program, taking on various roles on the 50ft foil catamarans, including grinding, tactics and communications.

Also on Saturday, King Felipe VI visited the Spanish base before donning his sailing gear for a ride on the F50 catamaran.

“For us this is probably one of the most exciting times of our athletic career, winning our first race at a SailGP event and doing it in front of the local crowd,” said the Spanish wing trimmer. Florian Trittel. “It is definitely something amazing and a day that I will never forget.”

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