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An Aussie win but disappointment for the US: Reliving SailGP's previous visit to San Francisco

18 MARCH 2022Feature
by Billy Hawkins-Yale, Senior Digital Editor
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  • Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix

Our upcoming visit to San Francisco, for the Season 2 Grand Final, is not the first time SailGP has raced in the iconic Bay Area.

In fact, the second ever SailGP event took place in the Golden City and was won by Tom Slingsby’s Australia - who defeated Japan on their way to winning the inaugural Championship title.

It was not all plain sailing for Slingsby and Co in San Francisco, however, as Nathan Outteridge’s Japan team absolutely dominated on the first day - winning three of three Fleet Races - and claimed a 2-4 finish on Race Day 2 to top the leaderboard on 46 points heading into the Match Race Final.

But the Aussies, as they so often do, put in their best performance when it counted most to beat Japan in the Final to claim the event victory and continue their 100 per cent start in SailGP.

Great Britain, meanwhile, rounded out the top three in San Francisco under their former Driver Dylan Fletcher. It was in the Bay Area that the Brits won their only race of Season 1, kicking off Race Day 2 with a victory, and they ended the five Fleet Races just a single point short of qualifying for the Final.

It was a disappointing home event for the United States as they finished fifth - a huge six points behind Great Britain - with France and China completing the Leaderboard come the end of racing. Phil Robertson, Driving the Chinese boat in Season 1 and moving to Canada for next season, will be hoping for a more positive San Fran experience this time around, with his current Spanish team still in with a slim chance of qualifying for the Grand Final.

But Slingsby and Co will be hoping for a repeat of 2019 when we visit the United States at the end of the month, as the Aussies aim to win the SailGP Grand Final to retain their Championship crown.

Ahead of the upcoming season finale, relive our previous trip to the Bay Area with our full race replay of the San Francisco SailGP in Season 1!

Limited tickets for the Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco are still available. Click HERE to book your tickets now, or discover how to watch the event live in your country HERE


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