Tom Slingsby – Olympic gold medalist, America’s Cup winner, eight-time world champion and member of the Order of Australia – was tabbed to lead the Australia SailGP Team in the global racing league’s inaugural season. The full team was recently unveiled on Sydney Harbour, which was announced as the first ever race venue (February 15-16, 2019) for the new racing league.
The Australian team features some of the nation’s most decorated sailors, including Olympians, Sydney to Hobart alumni and Australia’s most successful Ironman Ky Hurst. SailGP will give Slingsby and the Australian crew the first chance to represent their country in boats of this caliber. The identical wingsailed F50s are the fastest catamarans in the world, capable of reaching speeds exceeding 50 knots (60mph/100kph).
“The opportunity to represent my country again is an extraordinary honor, and the chance to start this campaign on home waters – the best harbor in the world – is something that will make it even more special,” says Slingsby.
Four-time world champion and 2016 Olympian Billy Besson has been announced as the helmsman for the France SailGP Team, which also features Marie Riou, SailGP’s first female onboard crew member. The full team was revealed on Marseille Harbor, which will host the final event of the inaugural season (September 20-22, 2019).
The French team includes a pair of Olympians in Besson and Riou – who have together captured four worls titles . . .
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