Australia fights back to win United States Sail Grand Prix

Tom Slingsby and his Australia team produced an incredible comeback to win the United States Sail Grand Prix.

The Aussies had a rough start in Chicago, finishing seventh in the opening fleet race.

A last-place finish in the penultimate fleet race meant they needed a big performance and a slice of luck to reach the three-boat final.

Australia delivered when it mattered most, winning the final fleet race to scrape into the winner-takes-all final by just one point.

They carried that momentum into the decider, beating Canada (Phil Robertson) and Great Britain (Ben Aisnlie) to claim a fifth consecutive Sail GP win.

“We came dead last in the fourth race and thought our chances of reaching the final, let alone winning it, were over,” Slingsby said.

“I thought mathematically it was almost impossible to make the final race. Somehow we turned it around and fortune went our way.”

Australia leads the overall standings in Season 3 on 20 points, three clear of Canada and Great Britain.

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