Aussie roster returns for SailGP 2020
Published on January 28th, 2020
With one month to go before the start of SailGP Season 2, the defending champion Australia SailGP Team will return with its complete championship-winning roster for 2020. Led by Tom Slingsby, he has Ky Hurst and Sam Newton returning as grinders alongside wing trimmer Kyle Langford and Jason Waterhouse as flight controller.
“This team is made up of not just some of Australia’s best sailors, but Australia’s best athletes,” notes Slingsby. “That said, it’s not just about the individual talent in a team, but how everyone works together in their roles – one of our greatest strengths in Season 1 was our ability to work well as a team on the F50 under pressure and in some pretty tough conditions.”
In the inaugural season, Australia SailGP Team were dominant over the five other national teams to take home the trophy and historic US$1 million championship prize.
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
France, Billy Besson
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
United States, Rome Kirby
Sydney, Australia (February 28-29)
San Francisco, USA (May 2-3)
New York, USA (June 12-13)
Cowes, UK (August 14-15)
* Additional dates by February 2020
Established in 2018, SailGP seeks to be an annual, global sports league featuring fan-centric inshore racing in some of the iconic harbors around the globe. Rival national teams compete in identical F50 catamarans with the season culminating with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race.
Season 1 – 2019 Schedule
Sydney, Australia (February 15-16)
San Francisco, USA (May 4-5)
New York, USA (June 21-22)
Cowes, UK (August 10-11)
Marseille, France (September 20-22)
SailGP Season 1 Overall Leaderboard
1. Australia, Tom Slingsby, 229
2. Japan, Nathan Outteridge, 223
3. China, Phil Robertson, 171
4. Great Britain, Dylan Fletcher, 169
5. France, Billy Besson, 164
6. United States, Rome Kirby, 163
Note: Total points based on SailGP scoring.