Australia retains #1 leaderboard position after a successful second day of racing
MARSEILLE, France – September 21, 2019 – Tom Slingsby and the Australia SailGP team are locked in for their biggest battle yet, as they go head-to-head with fierce rivals Japan SailGP team tomorrow for the ultimate winner-takes all match race, for the Thomas Lyte-designed SailGP Championship trophy and $1 million purse.
After securing one win and two second places during the second day of racing, Slingsby and the Australia SailGP team retained their hold on the top of the leaderboard. As the leader on points, Slingsby will be given the choice of selecting which side he enters the starting area during the crucial pre-start portion of the match race, providing him with a tactical advantage over team Japan.
Slingsby and the Australia SailGP Team will now analyse the data from racing today and debrief on their own learnings from the event to look at ways that the team can find any edge over Outteridge and team Japan, come tomorrow’s final showdown.
“We have never raced for this kind of money before and we are going to do everything we can to prepare for this race to ensure that when we fly off the starting line at the first race we have the best shot possible at winning.”
In particular, Slingsby is focused on improving his starts after facing challenges during the races today.
Slingsby said, “I can’t afford to have poor starts like the last two days. I’ve got to do a better job and it’s on me to do that. If we get off the line even with them, I have full confidence in my team that we’re going to be hard to beat.”
Fans based in Australia can watch the intense final showdown between Slingsby and Outteridge on the SailGP APP and on official broadcasters Fox Sports and Kayo Sports.