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Australia's Tom Slingsby To Miss SailGP Dubai

22nd November 2023
Tom Slingsby will miss the upcoming Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix to be with his wife Helena, who is expecting their first child
Tom Slingsby will miss the upcoming Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix to be with his wife Helena, who is expecting their first child Credit: SailGP

Recently crowned World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby will miss the upcoming Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix, it has been confirmed.

The Australian driver, who leads the three-time reigning and defending team, will skip the event to be with his wife Helena, who is expecting their first child.

It means a substitute driver will take the reins of the Flying Roos, who will continue their hunt for an elusive first win when Season 4 arrives in the United Arab Emirates next month. It is understood the identity of the driver will be revealed in the run-up to the event, which takes place on December 9-10.

Despite not winning an event so far this season, Australia currently sits at the top of the overall Championship leaderboard with 43 points. The Aussies have appeared in all five Finals of Chicago, L.A., Saint-Tropez, Taranto and Cadiz, but failed to clinch the overall victory. Speaking after Cadiz, Slingsby said he was 'sick of losing Finals' and reflected on the team's last win - the Season 3 title in San Francisco in March.

Nicolai Sehested's ROCKWOOL DEN currently sit in second place with 36 points thanks to consistent fleet racing, while the United States soared up the leaderboard to third with 32 points after winning in Cadiz.

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SailGP unites world-class athletic talent and cutting-edge technology. Eight teams representing Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States will contest eight events held in as many countries over an 11-month period. Following the season opener in Bermuda, the championship visits renowned sailing locations in Italy, the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Spain and New Zealand. San Francisco, United States, has the honour of closing proceedings with the Grand Final on 26–27 March 2022. Among those vying for the crown is the Great Britain team led by Rolex Testimonee and four-time Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Sir Ben Ainslie, who says: “The sailing world was crying out for the creation of such a concept. SailGP is a major milestone in the evolution of yachting, but it also represents continuity. The combination of state-of-the-art technology and sporting prowess is widening the appeal of sailing.

At A Glance – SailGP Season 3 Schedule 2022-2023

May 14-15 Bermuda Sail Grand Prix
June 18-19 United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier
July 30-31 Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth
August 19-20 ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix | Copenhagen
September 10-11 France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
September 24-25 Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía - Cadiz
November 12-13 Dubai Sail Grand Prix

March 18-19 New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch
May 6-7 United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco (Season 3 Grand Final)

*further events will be announced to complete SailGP Season 3.

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