Ainslie leads dominant GB team to victory in Sydney SailGP


VIDEO SHOWS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SAILGP EVENT IN SYDNEY

SHOWS: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (FEBRUARY 29, 2020) (SUNSET AND VINE - Broadcasters: NO USE AFTER 72 HOURS. NO ARCHIVE Digital: NO USE AFTER 72 HOURS. NO ARCHIVE)

1. BOATS CROSS START LINE - RACE 4

2. ONBOARD, UK, NEAR COLLISION WITH SPAIN

4. USA BESIDE JAPAN

5. UK GYBE, FRANCE SAIL PAST SHOT

6. ONBOARD AUSTRALIA CREW

7. UK AHEAD, AUSTRALIA BEHIND

8. AERIAL VIEW, UK TURN AROUND GATE

9. ONBOARD SPAIN, JAPAN BESIDE

10. UK CROSS FINISH LINE

11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BEN AINSLIE SAYING:

"I love sailing on the harbour, I think it's my favourite place to sail anywhere in the world and I've got a fantastic team."

12. BOATS CROSS START LINE FOR RACE 5

13. ONBOARD JAPAN, FRANCE BESIDE, TRYING TO CATCH UP

14. AUSTRALIA PASSES GATE FOLLOWED BY OTHERS

15. ONBOARD JAPAN, SPAIN SAILS PAST

16. SPAIN SAILS PAST JAPAN

17. AUSTRALIA CREW LEAN INTO TURN AROUND GATE

18. AUSTRALIA AHEAD, SPAIN AND JAPAN CROSS BEHIND

20. AUSTRALIA IN FRONT

21. AUSTRALIA CROSS FINISH LINE TO WIN

22. ONBOARD, AUSTRALIA CREW CELEBRATE

23. UK CROSS FINISH LINE, 2ND PLACE

24. FRANCE FLAPPING SAIL

25. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOM SLINGSBY SAYING:

"Snuck in to the Match Race Final. We're finding form, we've still got a lot to improve on but we're getting there."

26. UK CROSS START LINE FAR BEFORE AUSTRALIA IN THE MATCH RACE FINAL

27. BOTH ONBOARD CAMERAS ON CREW, UK AND AUSTRALIA

28. AUSTRALIA HARSH TURN AROUND GATE, CREW MOVE

29. UK AHEAD, AUSTRALIA TURN AROUND GATE

30. AUSTRALIA

31. UK TURN AROUND GATE

32. UK CREW ON BOAT

33. UK SAIL ALONG

34. AUSTRALIA SAIL BESIDE

35. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BEN AINSLIE SAYING:

"What an amazing fortnight here in Sydney and obviously the last two days for SailGP. Incredible conditions on the harbour, it doesn't really get any better than that. So we've had an amazing time, thank you Sydney."

36. VARIOUS OF UK CREW CHAMPAGNE CELEBRATIONS

STORY: Ben Ainslie and the British team wasted no time establishing themselves as the ones to beat this season as they put on impressive performances throughout Sydney SailGP to claim their first event title on Saturday (February 29).

The first match race of the campaign saw traditional rivals Great Britain and Australia face off and the four-time Olympic gold medalist capped off his debut in style against the defending champion.

The match race closely reflected the racing throughout the entire event, as the British team got out to an early lead and was the fastest boat on Sydney Harbour. Tom Slingsby and the Australians found themselves behind from the start, incurring a penalty for entering the start box early and the hosts were unable to pull back.

After the first event of Season 2, Great Britain sit on top the leaderboard with 47 points, followed by Australia with 42, Japan with 39, Spain with 31, the United States at 12 and Denmark with 22, while France rounds out the standings with 14 points.

SailGP Season 2 Overall Leaderboard

1 // Great Britain // 47 pts

2 // Australia // 42 pts

3 // Japan // 39 pts

4 // Spain // 31 pts *9 points deducted from total score

5 // United States 31 pts

6 // Denmark // 22 pts *2 points deducted from total score

7 // France // 14 pts

(Production: Andy Ragg)