With SailGP heading to Cowes once again this year, anyone who is contemplating a visit might be interested in the racing results so far this season.
To kick off the season, the first of the SailGP event was held off Sydney Harbour, Australia on 28th/29th February.
7 teams are racing this year -United States, Japan, Great Britain, Denmark, Spain, France and Australia, who looking to retain their title.
As far as the GB team is concerned it is much changed from the team that visited Cowes in 2019 although the helm is no visitor to the Island as it is none other than Sir Ben Ainslie, Seaview resident and well-known Olympian.
In his first day of competing in the World’s fastest sail racing, Ben’s much-anticipated debut in SailGP was masterful as the Great Britain SailGP Team, presented by INEOS, swept all 3 races in Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Harbour lived up to its reputation as one of the World’s finest sailing venues, delivering near perfect conditions that saw the record-breaking F50s regularly fly at speeds near 40 knots.
Named as the favourites entering the season, the Australians with skipper Tom Slingsby – who was in Cowes last year – struggled to get off to good starts scoring mixed results, with a second, third and 5th place finish
As ever, there was tight racing with the SailGP race jury determining the Spanish team inflicted serious damage to the French boat, docking the newcomers 9 total points.
After Day 1 of racing, Ben Ainslie and the British team found themselves at the top of the leaderboard with 30 points, followed by Japan and Australia tied with 23, the United States with 19, Spain with 15, followed by Denmark at 13 and France with 5.
Day 2 and Ben Ainslie and the British team wasted no time establishing themselves as the ones to beat this season as they put on impressive performances to claim their first event title. This first event of SailGP Season 2 saw traditional rivals Great Britain and Australia face off with the Olympic gold medal winner topping the defending champion.
Thousands of spectators crowded Sydney Harbour over 2 thrilling days to watch the World’s fastest sail racing and see hometown hero Tom Slingsby attempt to fend off Ainslie’s challenge.
This victory marked Great Britain’s first event win in this global championship and after the first event of Season 2, Great Britain sits atop the leaderboard with 47 points, followed by Australia with 42, Japan with 39, Spain with 31, the United States at 31 and Denmark with 22, while France has 14 points.
Meanwhile, Rome Kirby and the United States team, who finished 5th, will look to gain ground on the leaderboard when the global championship visits San Francisco Bay, USA on 2nd/3rd May. SailGP visits the USA for a second time in June, when New York is the venue, before the visit to the UK (Cowes) in August.