Australia team captain Tom Slingsby overcame a mistake early on and overtook Japan's Nathan Outteridge, approaching the penultimate mark to win the $ 1 million SailGP championship race on Sunday in Marseille, France. .
Slingsby brought his F50 catamaran into the starting box a few seconds earlier, imposing a penalty and forcing him to start right behind his friend and rival Outteridge.
Outteridge attempted to pinch his fellow countryman approaching the fourth gate, but Slingsby sailed just clear and bypassed the final leg ahead of the Japan team, which lost speed.
The Australians won one of the biggest paydays in sailing history for 14 seconds and started a wild celebration, including drinking champagne in the trophy.
Slingsby is an Olympic gold medalist and former Copa America winner. Outteridge is an Olympic gold and silver medalist and veteran of the America's Cup.
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