Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails 2021 Innovation - LEADERBOARD

Australia SailGP Team touchdown in San Francisco

by Olivia Hogan 20 Mar 23:20 PDT 26-27 March 2022
Australia SailGP Team helmed by Tom Slingsby in action during a practice session ahead of San Francisco SailGP, Season 2 in San Francisco, USA. 20th March © Ricardo Pinto for SailGP

Practice commences ahead of the Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix and $1 million dollar grand final

Tom Slingsby and the Australian SailGP Team's revolutionary F50, emblazoned with a giant kangaroo, set sail for the first time today in San Francisco, ahead of the championship-deciding Season 2 Grand Final, the Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix, on March 26-27.

Tom Slingsby said: "It was a great day of training for us. We had beautiful conditions with 15 knots of flat water and were able to tick off a lot of things, which included practising a few moves for this weekend."

The team's first practice session delivered a glimpse of what to expect when Australia takes on the seven other national teams in San Francisco. Following their victory at the Australia Sail Grand Prix, Slingsby's team has already qualified for the March 27 season-deciding Grand Final alongside Jimmy Spithill's U.S Team. The weekend's racing will consist of five fleet races to complete the qualification, deciding the third team that will join in the final, winner-take-all race to claim sailing's top purse, $1 million.

Tom Slingsby said: "The level was really high today from all of the teams on the water. It was tough to gain any advantage over our rivals in speed. I would say the British were really strong and the USA were strong, but we still stayed in the mix. Fans can expect some really close racing this weekend."

The Australia team features Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Jason Waterhouse, Olympic silver medalist and two-time Australian female sailor of the year Nina Curtis and America's Cup winner and ocean racer, wing trimmer Kyle Langford amongst its crew. Curtis is part of the Women's Pathway Program (WPP), which saw all eight teams' female athletes debut in racing at Cádiz. The WPP athletes will continue to race again here in San Francisco as part of the league's better sport strategy, to drive inclusion and inspire change across the sport.

Alongside the SailGP Season 2 Championship, for the first time ever, a second podium will also take place on the Sunday to crown the Impact League winner - the league's second podium for the planet. SailGP's Impact League is a world-first, integrated initiative to make sustainability essential to the fabric of the sport and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

Related Articles

Aussie SailGP Team win Chicago
Australian fighting spirit delivers comeback win at T-Mobile Chicago Sail Grand Prix at Navy Pier Tom Slingsby has proven why Australians are known for their fighting spirit, making an unbelievable comeback in the fleet racing to just qualify in the final, then win the T-Mobile Chicago Sail Grand Prix at Navy Pier. Posted on 19 Jun
Australians recover from potential disaster
Finishing the first day of SailGP racing in Chicago in fourth place Tom Slingsby's Australia Team finished the first day of racing in Chicago in fourth place, despite the team being plagued with a penalty and challenging racing conditions. Posted on 19 Jun
Challenges for Aussie SailGP Team at Bermuda
'Ashes on the Water' kicks on in full swing as Sir Ben Ainslie takes aim at Tom Slingsby. Great Britain Driver Ben Ainsle has demonstrated the ‘Ashes on water' rivalry is fiercer than ever, firing warning shots at Tom Slingsby's Australian SailGP Team ahead of the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix I Chicago at Navy Pier. Posted on 17 Jun
Shots fired by GBR Driver ahead of Chicago SGP
Ben Ainsle has demonstrated the 'ashes on water' rivalry is fiercer than ever Great Britain Driver Ben Ainsle has demonstrated the 'ashes on water' rivalry is fiercer than ever, firing warning shots at Tom Slingsby's Australian SailGP Team ahead of the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix I Chicago at Navy Pier. Posted on 17 Jun
Tom Slingsby delivers masterclass in Bermuda
As Australia SailGP Team win the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix Tom Slingsby delivered a masterclass against Great Britain driver Ben Ainslie, known as the sailing 'GOAT' (greatest of all time) and most successful sailor in Olympic history, and Phil Robertson's Canada Team, to win the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix. Posted on 15 May
Challenges for Aussie SailGP Team at Bermuda
Slingsby says, "It could have been a disastrous day" Tom Slingsby's Australian crew has finished the first day of racing in Bermuda in third place, despite the team's mixed performance. Posted on 14 May
Tom Slingsby donates $72K AUD from S2 prize money
Australian SailGP Team commit money to Parley for the Oceans Tom Slingsby, the Australia Team driver and CEO announced today that the team will donate $72,000 (AUD) from the team's $1,000,000 prize purse to its Race For The Future partner, Parley for the Oceans. Posted on 14 May
Australia focused on avoiding carnage
Biggest SailGP fleet set to compete in Bermuda Tom Slingsby's Australian crew will need to balance their competitive drive with protecting the flying roo from collisions, with more teams and more drama expected at the opener of SailGP Season 3 in Bermuda this weekend. Posted on 13 May
Flying roo launches in Bermuda, with new sailor
Natasha Bryant joins the squad ahead of Bermuda Sail Grand Prix Tom Slingsby's Australian crew commenced training on the Great Sound in Bermuda today, with newest and youngest team member Natasha Bryant getting behind the wheel of the F50. Posted on 9 May
Whale almost foils Tom Slingsby's victory
Australia SailGP Team crowned Season 2 SailGP Champions Australia Team storm home to victory, after the initial grand final race had to be abandoned mid-race due to a whale sighting. Posted on 28 Mar
Zhik 2022 Hooded Towel FOOTERMcConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTERRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTER