San Francisco (USA), May 8 (EFE). – The Australian team, captained by Tom Slingsby, has been declared the absolute winner of Season 3 – It has already won Season 1 and 2 – World Sail GP of F50 catamarans with ‘Chips (hydrofoil), beating New Zealand by six seconds and Great Britain by 23 seconds in the grand final that I am based in San Francisco.
The Australian team also won the eleventh and final round of the season, which was held on the same stage, by defeating Great Britain, led by the legendary Sir Ben Ainslie, and Denmark, led by Nikolaj Sehested.
In this last test, the Spanish team, captained by Diego Botín of Cantabria, hit rock bottom, finishing last, which also put them bottom of the season overall.
Australia’s victory cleared the way for the Grand Final, with $1 million at stake, despite being previously ranked alongside New Zealand, second overall, and Great Britain, third.
The start was an incredible battle between Australia and New Zealand, captained by Peter Burling, leaving Great Britain behind, although Ainslie’s genius had led him past New Zealand at the end of the third stage of the road and going in search of the Australians, who fought back.
New Zealand recovered and moved back into second place just before the final stage, putting pressure on the Australians, but Slingsby controlled the situation well to lead them by six seconds at the finish.
The Australians have formed with Tom Slingsby as skipper, Kyle Langford (wingsail cutter), Jason Waterhouse (flight controller), Kenley Fowler and Sam Newton (Mills) and youngster Tash Bryant, 21 and Sailor of the Year in 2020, as strategist.
As for Spain, it should be noted that in the five Tours held in San Francisco, it was last in two and penultimate in three, thus concluding a stormy campaign with many changes and terrible balance. In the 11 events held over the course of the season, he was last in four, penultimate in three, and second in four others.
The Spanish team, which made three changes, was made up of: Captain/Helmsman, Diego Botín; wing-sail scissors, Florian Tretell; flight controller, Joel Rodriguez; Mills, Stewart Dodson (New Zealand), Bernardo Freitas (Buer) and Joanne Cardona; Maria Kantro strategist, and Australian James Werzbowski (Australia) as coach.
Final general classification for the United States Grand Prix:
.1. Australia Tom Slingsby (Australia) 10 points 2. Great Britain Ben Ainslie (GBR) 9
.3. Canada’s Phil Robertson (New Zealand) 8.4. Denmark’s Nikolaj Sehested (DIN) 7.5. New Zealand Peter Burling (New Zealand) 6.6. France Quentin Delapierre (France) 5.7. Switzerland Sebastian Schnetter (SUI) 4.8. USA Jamie Spithel (Australia) 3.9. Spain Diego Botín (Spain) 2
The 2022-2023 Circuit Grand Prix Sail Final General Classification (after the Grand Final):
.1. Australia Tom Slingsby (Australia) 2. New Zealand Peter Burling (NZ) 3. Great Britain Ben Ainslie 4. France Quentin Delapiere (France) 5. Canada Phil Robertson (New Zealand) 6. Denmark Nikolaj Sekhested (DIN) 7. USA Jamie Spiethel 8. Switzerland Sebastian Schneiter (Switzerland) 9. Spain Diego Botín (Spain)