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Craziest crash in sailing history? Great Britain-Japan collision footage from all angles

20 DECEMBER 2021News
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  • Australia Sail Grand Prix

The Australia Sail Grand Prix was one of the most intense SailGP events yet, as Sydney Harbour hosted thrilling and dramatic racing on 17-18 December.

Not only did the Aussies win on home waters to delight the watching crowds, but one of the most terrifying crashes in the global championship’s history also took place.

During the pre-start of the third fleet race on Day 1, Great Britain collided with Japan, causing serious damage to Nathan Outteridge’s team’s F50 to rule them out the remainder of the event.

Ben Ainslie, the British Driver, admitted he was at fault for the incident and offered Great Britain’s F50 to Outteridge so Japan could take part in Race Day 2. The offer was accepted, and Outteridge’s team utilised a hybrid boat - comprising the British hull and Japanese wing and foils - during Saturday’s racing, doing brilliantly to win the final two fleet races and only missing out on a place in the winner-takes-all Final by just a single point.

We have seen plenty of terrifying crashes this season, but many would consider the incident on Sydney Harbour as being the scariest of the bunch.

And this claim is further supported by our recently released all-angles footage of the crash, which shows just how frightening it was.

You can watch the footage, below…

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