Please select your home edition
Edition
The Cruising Village 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Slingsby still confident despite a challenging last practice day ahead of Taranto Sail Grand Prix

by Olivia Hogan 4 Jun 23:10 BST 5-6 June 2021
Australian SailGP Team in the final practice session ahead of Italy SailGP, Event 2, Season 2 in Taranto, Italy © Thomas Lovelock for SailGP

Tom Slingsby is still confident that his Australian team are prepared to face off against all eight national teams at the Taranto Sail Grand Prix, despite a challenging final day of practice.

All eight national crews took part in practice racing on the shoreline race course, but it was the Australians that faced the most setbacks, with several technical issues plaguing the team's F50.

Slingsby commented on the day stating, "It was a really frustrating day for the team. Unfortunately we had a few boat failures, hydraulic issues and electronic issues, which really impacted our ability to perform in the practice racing."

Wing Trimmer Kyle Langford added, "It's always easy when you are sailing the F50 in training solo, but when you add the pressure of other boats and also a few technical issues it makes it a lot harder to sail. We need to be better at blocking out those distractions and refocusing when it counts."

Despite the technical issues, Slingsby is still confident that the Australia Team will be hard to beat, saying "we're still confident and I think that if we have a boat that works then we are always going to be at the top of the fleet and tough competition to beat."

After losing to Ainslie's British squad in the thrilling final race in Bermuda, Slingsby and the Aussies will be hunting for revenge, with the team focused on leading tomorrow's fleet races to secure their seat in the final race.The Aussies currently sit second in the Season 2 Championship, and a victory in Italy would put the team in a commanding position after two events of the campaign.

"If we sail as well as we did in Bermuda, we'll have a good shot at this. We've just got to get into that podium race and we've got to perform better in that race than we did in Bermuda", added Slingsby.

Joining the Australian crew on the water over the weekend are the successful candidates of SailGP's boundary-breaking and gender equal Inspire Racing program. Fans can expect an on-water showcase of young males and females racing for the future - nine sailors on WASZPs, and 18 sailors on RS Fevas - who will share the racecourse with the supercharged F50 foiling catamarans.

Australian fans will be able to watch all of the action of the racing today on the SailGP app and live on official broadcasters Foxtel and Kayo Sports. Kayo Sports are also offering fans free access to both the live and replay racing.

Related Articles

Spectacular victory by Slingsby in Cadiz
Australia SailGP team win the Spain Sail Grand Prix Tom Singsby and his Australian Team were crowned Champions of Cadiz Sail Grand Prix, after performing in conditions described as the 'wild wild west of sailing'. Posted on 10 Oct
Australia top leaderboard in Cadiz
With Nina Curtis debuting on the flying roo Tom Slingby's crew have secured their spot on the top of the leaderboard, following the first day of racing at the Cadiz Sail Grand Prix. Posted on 9 Oct
Nina Curtis to race in Sail Grand Prix
As Australian Team prepares for battle in Cadiz The Cadiz Sail Grand Prix marks a major milestone for the Australian Team and the league, with Nina Curtis set to race on board the flying roo for the first time during racing this weekend. Posted on 9 Oct
Slingsby loses his winning streak in St Tropez
But refocuses on next event in Cadiz Tom Slingsby and The Australian SailGP Team could not orchestrate a comeback on the final race day of the France Sail Grand Prix, after a weekend plagued by technical issues. Posted on 12 Sep
Slingsby leads Australian SailGP team to victory
At the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix Tom Slingsby has proven that the Australian SailGP team can deliver against all odds after triumphing on UK waters at the Britain Sail Grand Prix, in a dramatic final race. Posted on 19 Jul
Australian SailGP Team suffer damage
The first day of training delivered challenges for Slingsby's crew The Australian SailGP Team's revolutionary F50, emblazoned with a giant kangaroo, set sail on Italian waters for the first time today, delivering show stopping drama and a glimpse of what to expect when the Italian debut Sail Grand Prix opens in June. Posted on 3 Jun
Australian SailGP team push the Brits to the limit
Podium race defeat after dominating the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix The final battle between Australia's Tom Slingbsy, Great Britain's Ben Ainslie and France's Billy Besson, erupted on the Great Sound as the top teams went head-to-head in the final race at the SailGP Season 2 opener. Posted on 26 Apr