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The wind blows in Canada’s favor at Chicago SailGP

The wind blows in Canada's favor at Chicago SailGP

Phil Robertson’s Team Canada recovered from a capsize earlier in the week to win two of three fleet races on Saturday and take the lead at the United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago on Lake Michigan.

While the freshman Canadian team stunned the nine-boat fleet, Jimmy Spithill’s US team had a bad day in front of the home fans as they went 8-9-7 to drop to last place overall. .

Robertson overcame choppy water and unpredictable wind changes at Navy Pier to win races two and three after Peter Burling sailed the New Zealand team’s 50-foot catamaran to victory in race one. Canada was fourth in the first race.

Canada scored 27 points to lead Sir Ben Ainslie and Great Britain by one point, with New Zealand four points off the lead.

Tom Slingsby and two-time defending champion Team Australia are fourth on 21 points followed by Denmark on 18 and Spain on 17.

“I guess it gives us more confidence that when it comes to race day, we can really push it,” said Robertson, a New Zealander managing his third team in as many seasons in tech mogul Larry Ellison’s global league.

After two more fleet races on Sunday, the top three crews will advance to the podium.

Team Canada made impressive starts in all three races. Teams had the option of approaching the line from within the harbor or from beyond the harbor wall for a longer run.

“We spent a little bit of time evaluating the different start options before the race and it was pretty clear you wanted to start off the wall and get there fast,” said Robertson.

“We managed to get through the gap and out a lot quicker than the others.”

Canada finished third in the season-opening regatta in Bermuda last month.

The American crew put up more of a fight at Lake Michigan.

“We’re really disappointed. Certainly all the fans deserve better,” said Spithill, the 42-year-old Australian captain of Team USA.

“The main flaw with the team was the inability to execute clean laps. It’s as simple as that. There were too many mistakes and too many mistakes.”

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