May 6, 2019

Sail GP San Francisco 2019: Slingsby & Team Australia 1st








All images Sail GP -  The idea for this post was to describe at large how the new AC foiling monos might no be able to Match Race as Mutlis. We've seen past two Cups that Multis indeed can Match Race and even with added ingredients like coming back from 500mts, on the speed differences, something traditional floating monos cannot.

Put that fact behind and just seeing the first two shots above you will realize how hard it will be for the AC75s to endure the actual Match Racing racing conditions:

Photo 1: That was on the final match race between Slingsby & Outteridge. If those were the AC mono proto or final version , the new Frankenstein elevated Foil arms would have cut the opponents platform in two, needless to remark the danger factor for the crews. (remember Ainslie vs Barker at Bermuda?)
Photo 2: Not much to say, with current AC tinker prototype platform sailing status, that full airborne will be game over on the new AC boat,  same maybe with last photo above.

In Short new AC foiling monos are definietly not suitable for close Match Racing (The Nr 1 argument for those monohull purist against Cats..) and the core design concept might fail big time on the racing course where you cannot control everything and quick unexpected reactions or maneuvers can occur at any time, like when Outteridge pushed Slingsby to the pointy breakwater that marked the course limit. As always we like to remark, we do hope new AC platforms can improve towards the final versions, and all current considerations will be left as R&D anecdotes.

On the Sail GP, they need to open the live streams fully, right now we don't care much who wins as the teams are pure flags, the appeal of the F50s right now is seeing some good foiling action at 40knots and hopefully more close racing when the rest of the teams can catchup with the experience Slingsby and Outteridge posses from past Americas Cup competitions.

Live replay for Day 2: catsailingnews.com/2019/05/sail-gp-san-francisco-day-2-live-stream.html
Day 1 Replay here

Below official report sent by Sail GP.  www.sailgp.com
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SAN FRANCISCO – May 5, 2019 – Thousands of spectators waved their favorite teams’ colors from the packed Marina Yacht Club Peninsula Race Village as they witnessed the Australia SailGP Team repeat as champions with victory over Japan, to win the U.S. debut of SailGP.

After two full days of thrilling racing at San Francisco SailGP, the Australia SailGP Team,
helmed by Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, took the top honor. Proving the ultimate come-back kids after struggling in training and a disappointing day of racing on Saturday, they defeated the Japanese team in the final match race to win the event and go two points up in the overall season rankings and a step closer to the $1 million prize.

San Francisco Bay lived up to its name this weekend, delivering spectacular conditions that provided the ultimate test of skill and stamina for the elite athletes racing on the world’s fastest race boats. Fans had a courtside seat to the speed and drama, witnessing speeds of over 45 knots literally just off the shore.

“We’re stoked, it’s no secret that we struggled all week. Nathan Outteridge and his team were better, but we kept saying we are going to come back. We left it late, but we did come back and won the match race and then the event,” said Slingsby.

After dominating the opening day, winning all three races in an impressive showing, Outteridge’s team couldn’t hold off Slingsby’s charge. Despite a close battle in the final match race, Outteridge later noted that a software issue meant that they were ‘sailing blind’ around the race course.

“As soon as something doesn’t work, it makes it very hard, it’s like asking a race car driver to drive a car where the brakes aren’t working,” said Outteridge. “The last race we lost the display software that tells us the time to the start, time to boundaries, shows a diagram of where you are on the course, so we raced the last race blind. Considering all that happened today, to still come second here and still pushing hard is great. Yesterday was the highlight for our team so far.”

With two wins out of two, the Australian team takes top spot on the overall Season 1 leaderboard, with just two points separating the top two teams going into the next event in New York, June 21-22.

Taking its first SailGP race win, Great Britain was one of the standout performers of the weekend, finishing third overall and maintaining the same position on the overall leaderboard.

One team that will be glad of a second chance to take a win on home soil is the young U.S. team. Having improved significantly going into the weekend, finishing just off the podium in fourth place, they are hungry to improve.

“We are going to go back again and go through the data, look at everything we learned and keep building on that,” said U.S. helm Rome Kirby. “We want to keep the learning curve going and keep progressing. It’s time to hit the books ahead of New York.”

“San Francisco was everything we hoped it would be. It provided a spectacular backdrop for our U.S. debut, a fantastic challenge for our world class athletes and an exciting spectacle for the fans,” said SailGP CEO Russell Coutts. “All of the teams have really stepped up a gear and it shows what effect the open access to data is having on the teams’ performance. It’s certainly going to make the next event in New York even more exciting.”

SailGP next heads to New York over the weekend of June 21-22, where the iconic city skyline will serve as the background for what’s sure to be another exciting stop for new global league.

Results
SailGP Season 1 // Leaderboard
1st // Australia // 93pts
2nd // Japan // 91pts
3rd // Great Britain // 79pts
4th // United States // 68pts
5th // France // 61pts
6th // China // 60pts


San Francisco SailGP // Overall
1st // Australia // 47pts
2nd // Japan // 46pts
3rd // Great Britain // 43pts
4th // United States // 37pts
5th // France // 28pts
6th // China // 27pts


Race 1
1st // Japan // 10pts
2nd // Australia // 9pts
3rd // Great Britain // 8pts
4th // United States // 7pts
5th // France // 6pts
6th // China // 5pts


Race 2
1st // Japan // 10pts
2nd // Australia // 9pts
3rd // United States // 8pts
4th // Great Britain // 7pts
5th // China // 6pts
6th // France // 5pts



Race 3
1st // Japan // 10pts
2nd // Great Britain // 9pts
3rd // Australia // 8pts
4th // United States // 7pts
5th // China // 6pts
6th // France // 5pts


Race 4
1st // Great Britain // 10pts
2nd // Japan // 9pts
3rd // Australia // 8pts
4th // United States // 7pts
5th // France // 6pts
6th // China // 5pts


Race 5
1st // Australia // 10pts
2nd // Great Britain // 9pts
3rd // United States // 8pts
4th // Japan // 7pts
5th // France // 6pts
6th // China // 5pts


Match Final
1st // Australia // 3pts*
2nd // Japan // 0pts

*To ensure the team with the highest score wins the event, the winner of the final match race receives one point if they are the top ranked team going into the match race, or one point more than the score of the number one ranked team if they finished second going into the match race.

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