Sailing-Ainslie sets SailGP pace with dominant debut in Sydney

帆船-Ainglie在悉尼首次亮相时,Sailgp的速度占主导地位。

2020/03/01 00:23  路透社
Feb 29 (Reuters) - Britain's Ben Ainslie and his new crew dominated the first event of SailGP's second season in Sydney, winning four out of five fleet races and then beating titleholders Australia in Saturday's high-speed head-to-head finale.
   Ainslie beat local hero Tom Slingsby and his Australian crew, who incurred a penalty at the start of their match race, which the event's organisers said was watched by thousands of spectators gathered around Sydney Harbour.
   This followed a series of five races between the seven teams competing in state-of-the-art F50 catamarans, which 'fly' above the water on hydrofoils, with Ainslie's crew clear leaders on points ahead of Slingsby's.
   "It's certainly been one of the best sailing events I've ever taken part in. Incredible conditions on the harbour, it doesn't really get any better than that. It's been magical," Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, said.
   Ainslie's was the first overall event win by a British crew in the SailGP championship, which was set up in 2018 by Oracle  founder Larry Ellison and America's Cup veteran Russell Coutts and culminates in a winner-takes-all $1 million prize.
   "It was all going well until the last race where we made a big mistake at the start. SailGP Season 2 has already kicked off a lot bigger than last year and I'm looking forward to the next event," Slingsby said.
   Sailing's equivalent of Formula One uses an updated version of the catamarans which featured in the last America's Cup in 2017 and have hit speeds of 50 knots (93 kms per hour).
   Newcomers Spain also made an impact in their first SailGP races, but were penalised for a crash with the French crew in the first race on Friday which meant they were fourth overall.
  
   INEOS-backed Ainslie is taking on both the high-octane SailGP racing circuit and an America's Cup challenge in 2021 as part of a grand plan to create the world's leading sailing team.
   Its new series represents an evolution for SailGP as it seeks to build audiences and sponsorship. This month SailGP said it had sold a minority stake to sports and entertainment group Endeavor in a deal valuing it at $200 million.  
  
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路透2月29日电-英国选手本·安斯利(Ben Ainglie)和他的新船员在悉尼举行的SailGP第二个赛季的第一场比赛中占据了主导地位,在周六的高速首轮决赛中,他们赢得了5个车队比赛中的4个,然后击败了冠军得主澳大利亚。
安斯利击败了当地英雄汤姆·斯林斯比(Tom Slingsby)和他的澳大利亚组员,他们在比赛开始时受到了处罚。比赛组织者称,数千名观众聚集在悉尼港周围观看比赛。
在此之前,七支队伍进行了五场比赛,参加的是最先进的F50双体船,这些双体船在水面上“飞”在水面上,安斯利的船员在斯林斯比号前面的几分上领先。
“这无疑是我参加过的最好的帆船比赛之一。港口的条件令人难以置信,没有比这更好的了。它是神奇的,”奥林匹克史上最成功的水手安斯利(Ainglie)说。
安斯利是英国船员首次在赛尔GP锦标赛(SailGP)中获得总决赛冠军。该锦标赛由甲骨文创始人拉里·埃里森(Larry Ellison)和美国杯赛老将罗素·库茨(Russell Coutts)于2018年创立,最终获得了100万美元的优胜者奖。
斯林斯比说:“在最后一场比赛中,我们在比赛开始时犯了一个大错误,一切都进行得很顺利。第二季的赛程已经比去年大得多,我期待着下一场比赛。”
帆船运动相当于一级方程式,使用了更新版本的双体船,在2017年的上一届美国杯赛中,它的速度达到了50节(93公里/小时)。
新加入的西班牙也在他们的第一轮赛艇比赛中产生了影响,但在周五的第一场比赛中,他们因与法国船员相撞而受到处罚,这意味着他们在第四名。

Ineos支持的Ainglie正在接受高辛烷值SailGP赛车赛道和2021年美国杯赛的挑战,这是创建世界领先帆船队的宏伟计划的一部分。
它的新系列代表了SailGP的一个演变,因为它寻求建立观众和赞助。SailGP本月表示,已将少数股权出售给体育和娱乐集团奋进号(Endeavor),价值2亿美元。

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