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Australia rallies for win at San Francisco SailGP after hard crash into water in opening race

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Australia rallies for win at San Francisco SailGP after hard crash into water in opening race

Australia rallies for narrow win at inaugural San Francisco SailGP event after crashing hard into water in day's opening race

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Australia rallies for win at San Francisco SailGP after hard crash into water in opening race

SHOWS: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 5, 2019)(SUNSET & VINE - Broadcasters and Digital: NO ARCHIVE.

NO RESALES) 1.

START OF FIRST RACE (RACE 4 OF EVENT) 2.

GREAT BRITAIN IN LEAD 3.

GREAT BRITAIN CROSSING FINISH LINE TO WIN FIRST RACE 4.

JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA HEADING FOR FINISH LINE AND AUSTRALIA BOAT COMING OFF FOILS AND STOPPING HARD 5.

ONBOARD REPLAY OF AUSTRALIA BOAT COMING OFF FOILS AND THE BOW CRASHING HARD INTO WATER 6.

AUSTRALIA LEADING SECOND RACE (RACE 5 OF EVENT) 7.

AUSTRALIA CROSSING FINISH LINE TO WIN SECOND RACE 8.

AUSTRALIA CELEBRATING 9.

AUSTRALIA MOVING INTO LEAD WHILE GOING AROUND TURN IN TWO BOAT MATCH RACE FINAL (RACE 6 OF EVENT) 10.

AUSTRALIA CROSSING FINISH LINE TO WIN MATCH RACE AND EVENT 11.

ONBOARD AUSTRALIA CELEBRATING WIN 12.

AUSTRALIA PODIUM CELEBRATION 13.

AUSTRALIA HELMSMAN TOM SLINGSBY SPEAKING TO REPORTER AFTER EVENT 14.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) AUSTRALIA HELMSMAN TOM SLINGSBY SAYING: "Yeah, I mean Nathan (Outteridge - Japan helmsman), he pushes so hard and after that first race when we were coming into the finish and we had this huge crash, I mean Ky Hurst, his face had blood all over it, Sam Newton blood everywhere all over the boat, Ky Hurst might have a cracked rib, and that's Nathan pushing us really hard and we sort of didn't deal with it well, and then the last race we said well that's not gonna happen again, we're gonna, I don't care if he's a metre away, we're not backing down, and it was such a close race, that first leg down to the bottom mark was just so tight, and yeah we got him." STORY: Australia rallied for a narrow victory at the SailGP event in San Francisco Sunday (May 5) after crashing hard into the water in the day's opening race.

Great Britain ran away with the win in Sunday's opening race but the battle for second was a close one with Japan edging past after the Australian boat came off it's foils and plunged hard into the water.

The Aussies recovered to win the second race of the day and fifth of the two day event to clinch a spot in the two boat match race final where they outdueled Japan to take the overall win and jump to the top of the standings.

Round three of the inaugural SailGP season is scheduled for June 21-22 in the waters around New York City.

Standings After Round Two: 1.

Australia - 93 points 2.

Japan - 91 3.

Great Britain - 79 4.

United States - 68 5.

France - 61 6.

China - 60 (Production: David Grip)

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