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    Race 1

    The drama of New York SailGP started before the race even began with the Great Britain SailGP Team capsizing just minutes before 'go.' The fleet was gun-shy right from the start, the Australia and Japan SailGP Teams led off the start line, followed closely by the French. Coming around the first mark, Japan came out with a strong lead. However, it was anything but smooth sailing challenging the teams with gusts ranging from 10 knots to 30 knots in matters of seconds. Skippers were constantly looking over their shoulders for gusts that could make or break the racing. On the second upwind leg, Australia moved into the lead and didn't look back. They established a massive lead putting more than two minutes between themselves and the Rising Sun Japanese boat. The China SailGP Team took third, proving any hesitation they had after their crash in San Francisco was behind them. The United States SailGP team finished fourth, leading the French, who struggled in the difficult breeze to the finish line.

    Race 2

    Race two saw three lead changes in the very first leg, but the Japan SailGP Team ultimately prevailed at the first gate taking the lead, they were followed by Australia and China. Into the third leg, they all raced on the city side where winds proved to be steadier. The China SailGP team helmsmen Phil Robertson was pushing hard and overtook the Japan SailGP Team, if only for a minute. Nathan Outteridge and crew were able to move into first by keeping the boat foiling on the lulls. These conditions are some of the toughest in the sport, and it takes focus and skill to keep the boat flying. Race two brought wind shifts 30 to 40 degrees, meaning teams had to be able to adapt in seconds. While the Japanese ran away with the race, chased by the Australians; China, France, and the United States teams engaged in a close battle for third. Nathan Outteridge, looking more confident than ever, piloted his F50 to the team's first win on the Hudson River racecourse. The Australians finished in second place, followed by Billy Besson and his French team, then China and finally the United States SailGP Team.

    Race 3

    Nathan Outteridge will be feeling confident after his first day on the water in New York City. The Japan SailGP Team sailed a tactically superior race, finding the breeze and keeping the boat on foils even in the lulls. Race three didn't begin with Japan in the lead, the China SailGP Team showed their more aggressive side, leading at the first mark. Shortly thereafter a gust knocked them off the foils, opening the door for Japan to move into the lead. Undeterred China continued to chase them down the course, followed by the Australians. The order remained until the fourth gate when France was able to knock the Australians off the podium and into fourth place. Unfortunately for French helmsman Billy Besson it didn't last, the Australians managed to find an area of heavy breeze and foil back into second place, putting the Red Dragon boat and the French colors behind them. Japan triumphed, taking their second race of the day followed by Australia 15-seconds later, China, France and finally the United States.

    The overall standings put the Japan SailGP Team in the lead, followed by the Australia SailGP Team. The China SailGP Team earns a podium spot on the first day of racing in third place, closely followed by the France SailGP Team. The United States SailGP Team is ranked fifth going into day two. The British SailGP Team capsized 30 minutes ahead of racing, all sailors are safe, with no injuries. The team was unable to participate in today's racing, putting them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
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  • #2
    In A New York Minute: Stage 3 In And Out Of Da Bronx

    NEW YORK – June 22, 2019 – In front of large crowds lining the waterfront in downtown Manhattan, the Japan SailGP Team – helmed by double Olympic medalist Nathan Outteridge – beat off strong competition from Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team to win its first event in the inaugural SailGP season.

    An intense final match race took place between the two notorious rivals on the Hudson River racecourse, which saw drama before the start as the high-powered F50s, capable of intense speeds, made contact. A penalty to Australia saw Japan eventually get the better of the season’s leaders and take the victory in New York.

    “Here we knew it would be a challenge and what I am really proud about is that our whole team focused every single step of the way,” said Outteridge. “I am relieved because we really needed a win, we deserved to win, and I am proud of everyone’s effort. The Aussies are, without a doubt, the team to beat, and I think now we are starting to even out the playing field and can’t wait until Cowes.”

    New York’s urban landscape provided an extra challenge for the world-class athletes this week as they battled shifting breezes and varied wind speeds on a smaller, more challenging racecourse. Boat handling and maneuvering on the foils was significantly more of a factor than ever before as the boats flew around the Hudson at the fastest speeds yet seen on SailGP, with the Australia team hitting a top speed of 48.69 knots (nearly 60 mph). It was the superior adaptability of the Japanese team that won the event on the Hudson.

    “It was tough conditions, but the Japan team was better. They’ve been better than us the last two days, and they deserve the win,” said Slingsby. “The way this sport has gone, and the way Nathan and my careers have gone has been amazing, and we’re so happy to be here racing each other; unfortunately, it’s on different teams, but it also makes it more fun.”

    The United States SailGP Team, led by Rome Kirby, gave the estimated 30,000 people lining the shore a reason to cheer when they crossed the finish line first in race five. Scoring its first ever SailGP win on home turf was a special moment for the United States SailGP Team, and a move that placed the crew third overall at the event.

    “The boys were pretty fired up to go racing today, and it showed,” said Kirby. “To win a race is awesome but we want to win events. But we’re happy to be on the podium, and it was awesome to see the crowd out there.”

    Only one point separates Japan and Australia on the Season 1 leaderboard, but now four teams have proved they are capable of winning races, putting the pressure on for the next event in Cowes.

    One team that will be looking forward to racing in Cowes is the Great Britain SailGP Team, which suffered a capsize on the Hudson that significantly damaged its wingsail. The British will be eager for redemption in front of their hometown crowd at the first European event of SailGP’s inaugural season.

    “It’s been a disappointing weekend all in all for us – we learned a lot from our capsize yesterday, and I’m proud as a team of how we came back after that setback,” said helmsman Dylan Fletcher.

    SailGP’s next stop is Cowes, UK, over the weekend of August 10-11, when the home of British sailing will be able to witness the intense racing and awe-inspiring speeds of the F50s.

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    • #3
      Good to see Team USA finally get on the podium, but whoever picked that venue truly does not care about the sailing,
      obviously it was all about selling out for eyeballs, willing or not.


      • #4
        I think the crews were just happy to get out in one piece.

        Taking the subway to go sail must have been an adventure.


        • #5
          Team member A: "Dammit, I just stepped in some dogsh!t with my new deck shoes"

          Team member B: "What makes you think that was dogsh!t?"