Madrid, May 8th. (Press Europe) –
The Australian team, captained by Tom Slingsby, re-validated the SailGP title after winning the Grand Final in San Francisco (USA), winning their third consecutive title in the third season of the sailing competition, while Spain finished ninth and last.
After the three fleet races on Saturday with the ocean boats already rated, the two races on Sunday will decide the second and third entrants in the Grand Final. Race Four quickly turned into a duel between France and the United Kingdom and it was Quentin Delapierre’s men who took advantage of a penalty from Sir Ben Ainslie’s boat to claim victory.
Already in the fifth, Australia beat the Canadians and Americans. Thus, the British and New Zealand, led by Peter Burling, reached the final, while the French were excluded from the final due to the fact that their results on Saturday were very conditional.
In the Grand Final, the Australians got off to a flawless start and quickly left the British team behind, who eventually fell in the fight as New Zealand closed in on the ‘Aussies’ on the final gambit. However, Tom Slingsby beat Peter Burling to claim his third consecutive title.
For his part, the Spanish team was made up of Diego Botin, Florian Tretel, Joan Cardona, Joel Rodriguez, María Cantro, Bernardo Freitas (in the fourth race) and Stuart Dodson (in the fifth). The “Roosters” got two very good starts in the two races on Sunday, but were unable to keep up with the big favorites and finished eighth in both races.
In this way, they finish the ninth and last season in the ranking. The F50 Victoria crew is already focused on the next season, which will start in Chicago (USA) between June 16-17, and will take advantage of these days in San Francisco to continue training.
“Chicago has one month left and we are fully confident that this team can fight for the top positions, it will take a process, but we have to make an effort so that it arrives as soon as possible,” Putin commented.