Bittersweet ending in Dubai

GBR sailed a strong series to secure their spot in the DubaiSGP podium final with a race to spare. The team battled it out with Australia and France, making for one of the most dramatic SailGP finals ever.

Australia was over the line early and France got the jump on GBR. What could have been a procession turned into one of the most exciting finals of the season. France’s 250m lead turned swiftly into a Great British team lead heading into the final turning mark, with Australia just metres behind. What looked like a great GBR comeback suddenly changed when the team did not pull off the final jibe, fell off the foils leaving AUS to take the win, FRA second and GBR third.

Image: Joe Toth for SailGP

Great Britain SailGP Team CEO Ben Ainslie said: “It’s a tough one to face after a weekend of brilliant sailing and overall, I am really proud of the team, we worked hard in the range of conditions. Hats off to the Aussies who kept the pressure on and made that final jibe to take the win. It is good motivation for us to come back stronger in Singapore.

“It was a fantastic day of racing, one of the best I have ever been involved in. We are whipping these boats around just 20-30m away from the shoreline – it is a real box-office showcase for the fans here in Dubai.”

The Great Britain SailGP Team remain 4th in the overall SailGP Championship table and will return to action at the Singapore Sail Grand Prix on 14 – 15 January where they hope to make it back into that final and bring home the win.

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