Please select your home edition
Edition
Hella Dual Colour Floodlights - Top 728 x 90px - 6 jpg

Aussies stand strong ahead of Brits in battle for Plymouth Sail Grand Prix

by Olivia Hogan / Australia SailGP Team 30 Jul 14:39 PDT 30-31 July 2022
Race Day 1 of the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth © Sam Kurtul / www.worldofthelens.co.uk

Tom Slingsby and his Australia Team has secured a spot at the top of the fleet after the first day of racing, coming in second place, ahead of their British rivals, who are sitting in fifth place.

Commenting on the racing Tom Slingsby said: "We did make a lot of mistakes at the start but the team rallied and we battled back to get some decent positions."

"Being ahead of Ben Ainslie is not an easy feat. It's nice to have not had a great day but to still be on top of them. Also fortunately for us they didn't have a great day but the points are still very close so we are both going to be battling it out side by side to make it to the final. Pretty much every team has a chance of making the final at this point so it's super close", Slingsby added.

The team's mates from across the ditch, New Zealand, surprised all with a dominant first day, securing their position of first in the fleet, with a solid six point lead on the Australians.

Tom Slingsby said: "The Kiwis are motivated by everyone putting them down for the last year. They have copped a lot of flak from spectators and media for finishing Season 2 towards the bottom of the leaderboard. They are pretty much a shoe-in to make the final tomorrow."

Slingsby's crew also announced new team member Lucy Copeland, who raced on the flying roo for the first time today in the strategist role. Copeland, 25, of Sydney will join the team for Season 3 through the Women's Pathway Program (WPP).

The program aims to fast-track the training and development of female athletes with the goal of creating an inclusive sporting championship that has gender equity. In a bid to accelerate the program, for Season 3, each team will have three female athletes join throughout the season to gain vital training and racing experience on the F50.

Lucy Copeland said: "I know not many athletes get this opportunity to race on board an F50 so it's a huge honour. It's been a steep learning curve jumping straight onto the boat for this event, but my teammates have been incredible in hosting one-on-one briefings sessions with me and our coach has been taking me through the Oracle data analysis each day to help fast track my learning."

Speaking on her role on board today, Copeland said: "As you can imagine with nine F50s on the course there is a lot going on, so in my role as strategist I'm an extra set of eyes for Tom. I was watching the other boats and looking for any course bias whilst relaying this information back to Tom to support him in his tactical decision making."

Racing will continue tomorrow, with the top three scoring teams set to compete in the final race, where the champion of the Plymouth Sail Grand Prix will be crowned. Australian fans can tune in live on Fox Sports and on Kayo in Australia to watch the racing, which takes place at 11:00PM AEST. Kayo are offering fans free access to both the live and replay racing, via its Kayo Freebies offer.

Related Articles

Australia extend lead in SailGP Season Three
Despite losing podium final to first-time Champions France, Australia is still top dog. Tom Singsby and his Australia SailGP Team still maintain their position as number one in the SailGP Season 3 leaderboard, despite losing the podium final to first ever SailGP winners, Quentin Delapeierre's French Team. Posted on 25 Sep
Australia SailGP top of podium D1 in Cadiz
Tom Slingsby's Australia Team has survived and thrived in the brutal conditions of Cadiz Tom Slingsby's Australia Team has survived and thrived in the brutal conditions faced during the first day of the Spain Sail Grand Prix in Cadiz, finishing at the top of the podium. Posted on 25 Sep
Slingsby hunting for redemption in SailGP Cadiz
SailGP celebrates one year anniversary of Women's Pathway Program as Team AUS hit Cadiz Slingsby hunting for redemption in Cadiz as SailGP celebrates one year anniversary of Women's Pathway Program Posted on 23 Sep
Australia Team miss out on podium in Saint Tropez
As Jimmy Spithill takes home first ever SailGP victory Tom Slingsby and The Australia SailGP Team could not orchestrate a comeback on the final race day of the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix, with Jimmy Spithill's United States Team securing their first ever SailGP victory on the French Riviera. Posted on 11 Sep
Shots fired after dramatic incident
Between Australia & New Zealand at Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix The French Riviera was awash with drama on the first day of the Range Rover France Sail Grand Prix, with Tom Slingsby (Australia) and Peter Burling (New Zealand) sparring over a controversial incident. Posted on 10 Sep
Slingsby needs to 'steady the ship' in St Tropez
Focused on steering his Australian SailGP Team back onto the winning path Tom Slingsby is focused on steering his Australian SailGP Team back onto the winning path this weekend in St Tropez, after acknowledging that the team's performance has slipped at recent events. Posted on 10 Sep
Crown Princess Mary races with AUS SailGP Team
A thrilling 'royal race' against His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark joined Tom Slingsby's Australian SailGP Team in a thrilling 'royal race' against His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, who raced on board Nicolai Sehested's Denmark SailGP Team. Posted on 21 Aug
ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix day one cancelled
Light wind conditions prevent racing from taking place Mother nature has wreaked havoc on the opening day of racing at the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix, with the light wind conditions preventing racing from taking place. Posted on 19 Aug
Could the Kiwis be Tom Slingsby's biggest threat?
A new rival has entered the ring A new rival has entered the ring, with Tom Slingsby confirming that the New Zealand side could now be the Australia Team's top competition to beat at the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix, taking place this weekend. Posted on 19 Aug
Australia SailGP Team meet Duchess of Cambridge
In Super Sunday at Great Britain Sail Grand Prix Tom Slingsby and his Australia SailGP team have lost their winning streak, with their mates from across the ditch, New Zealand, claiming their first ever SailGP title at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix. Posted on 31 Jul
Lloyd Stevenson - TTSkorpios 728x90px BOTTOMMcConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTERZhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTER