CHAMPIONS CROWNED: Tom Slingsby wins historic first SailGP Championship for Australia
Tom Slingsby victorious over longtime rival Nathan Outteridge of Japan to win SailGP Season 1 trophy and US$1 million
MARSEILLE, France – September 22, 2019 – Tom Slingsby today made history, helming the Australia SailGP Team to victory over Nathan Outteridge’s Japan SailGP Team in the SailGP Season 1 Championship Final Race. The global league’s inaugural season culminated with a 10-minute match race between Australia and Japan, in which Australia secured the trophy and US$1 million prize in dramatic fashion.
The stakes for Sunday’s racing were unprecedented – US$1 million is the largest monetary prize in the sport of sailing, and the SailGP Championship trophy is a creation of Thomas Lyte, regarded as the world’s leading trophy maker.
“It feels amazing. We deserved it and I’m so happy for our whole team as the amount of work they put in was huge. We said going into today we were going to win as a team or lose as a team,” said Slingsby. “I feel for Nathan and his team. They have put in an amazing effort all year and it is just the way it is. One team has to win, and one team has got to lose. I am happy with the way it went but those guys were unbelievable competition all year and it was such a close battle.”
Race analysis determined that the final duel came down to a mere 78 centimeters at a crucial moment on the racecourse; if the . . .
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