Australia WILL be out on the start line for the opening day of the Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix - and they owe it all to the SailGP Tech Team.
Having caused serious damage to their wing in a capsize during Thursday’s practice session, the Australian F50 has since been undergoing major repair work on the Tech Base at Pier 96.
There was no chance of racing on Friday - despite Tom Slingsby putting in a cheeky request to speed up the Tech Team - but the repairs were finished overnight and the Aussies got out on the water on Saturday morning for some final tests before the start of racing.
Tech Team Director Brad Marsh, who yesterday gave SailGP.com an exclusive look at the repair process, said: “Fixing boats, doing all nighters, solving problems and making the impossible happen. That’s the blood that runs in our veins.”
Slingsby and Co will be delighted their F50 is ready for action, as they are favourites to win the SailGP Championship at this weekend’s Grand Final.
The reigning champions top the season leaderboard, and they will go head-to-head with the United States and the still unconfirmed third finalist in Sunday’s three-team winner-takes-all race which will decide who lifts the Championship Trophy on San Francisco Bay.