SailGP fans have overwhelmingly backed Tom Slingsby to deliver a home victory on the waters of Sydney Harbour when the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix gets underway this weekend.

A total of 41% of fans backed the Aussies to pick up their first win of Season 4 in Sydney, followed by New Zealand with 20% of the vote and Phil Robertson’s Canada with 12%.

Season 3 // SailGP Fleet against stormy background of Sydney

It comes as Australia remains on the hunt for its elusive first win of the season, while the Kiwis - currently second on the overall leaderboard - will be driven by Nathan Outteridge this weekend. The team’s permanent driver, Peter Burling, is back home expecting his first baby and will miss the event.

Season 3 // Australia Sail Grand Prix // Australia foiling against Sydney backdrop

It comes after New Zealand won in Abu Dhabi, beating Diego Botin’s Spain and Taylor Canfield’s USA in the three-boat Final.

Elsewhere, a total of 8% of fans backed Canfield’s USA team to pick up its first victory as a new team in Sydney.

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The KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix | Sydney takes place on February 24-25, with racing from 16:00 AEDT.