Giles Scott, who stepped into Sir Ben Ainslie’s shoes as driver of Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team, got his first taste of flying an F50 during racing on Sydney Harbour today as the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix got underway. The big winds that were forecast failed to materialise, instead the 10 competing teams had to have their eyes out of the boat, as the shifty, variable southerly breeze osculated in both speed and direction, making for a tricky day on the water, especially for those new to SailGP.

Giles Scott

After Friday’s practice racing was cancelled due to a forecasted storm, Emirates GBR had little time to get to grips with the Sydney Harbour racecourse, that had a not so strategically placed – Shark Island – right in the middle.

Emirates GBR struggled to get off the start line in good shape, making for a tough day’s racing for the British team, and they ended up finishing race one ninth out of the 10 competing nations.

Read the full story on Emirates GBR’s website.