December 8, 2023

NZ on track for Sail GP final in season-opener, as Australia surge at Chicago

New Zealand.

If day one of the Sail GP season-opener is anything to go by, trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and Australia will again be the teams to beat.

Season four has kicked off at Chicago, with Australia holding just a one-point advantage over the Kiwis for the lead, after three races.

The two sailing powerhouses again went head-to-head, just three weeks after Australia pipped the Kiwis for the title in last season’s championship.

Peter Burling’s team were rewarded for consistency over the first day, with their first race position of fourth proving their worst.

New Zealand responded with two second-place finishes to sit second on 25 points, one ahead of surprise packages Canada.

Australia again showed their title credentials, with back-to-back wins in the opening two races.

A horror start to the final race of the day saw them forced to claw their way back to a respectable fifth place, with Canada edging New Zealand for the win.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Spithill’s USA had a shocking day in the water, finishing ninth place after three races.

Chicago GP day one standings: 1-Australia 26pts, 2-New Zealand 25pts, 3-Canada 24pts, 4-Denmark 21pts, 5-Great Britain 16pts, 6-France 14pts, 7-Spain 14pts, 8-Germany 10pts, 9-USA 8pts, 10-Switzerland 7pts

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