New Zealand sailors Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, and Andy Maloney are celebrating tonight after following up last weekend’s win in the America’s Cup preliminary regatta in Jeddah with a win today at the SailGP Dubai event.
Despite lightish winds over the two day event all the schedued races were completed with the F50 catamarans using the largest 24 metre wingsails and dropping down to four crew for the last two fleet races and the three-way winner-takes-all final match race.
For the final the Kiwi crew went up against Jimmy Spithill (standing in as helmsman on the Australian F50) – and Phil Robertson at the wheel of the Canadian boat. The exciting finale saw the NZL crew coming out on top of a photo finish with the Australians after the Canadians were penalised for not giving room as the three boats round the last mark in close formation.
Earlier in the event Erik Heil’s German team and Ben Ainslie’s Emirate Great Britain crews both put themselves out of contention for the final with separate disqualifications for barging in at the windward end of the line.
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