LONDON (Reuters) – Screaming across Sydney Harbor at the helm of a 50-foot foiling catamaran with Australia’s green and gold emblazoned on its sail and its flag flying is a dream come true for Tom Slingsby.
The 34-year-old is not only getting to lead his own team as skipper of the Australian SailGP team this week, he also sees the chance to showcase the country’s sailing prowess and potentially kick-start a tilt at the America’s Cup.
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“This is the first time we have been able to pull an Australian team together on a world stage,” Slingsby told Reuters by telephone as he prepared for the debut six-nation SailGP event in Sydney which begins on Friday.
Slingsby won Olympic gold in the Laser dinghy class in 2012 and was tactician on Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA when he and countryman Jimmy Spithill, who skippered the team, lifted the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013.
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But he rues the fact that Australia has not been able to put together its own challenge for the “Auld Mug”, the oldest trophy in international sport, in recent years, with the country’s top sailors such as Nathan Outteridge, Kyle Langford and Sam Newton among those who have sailed on teams representing other nations.
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