Sat, Mar 18, 2023 7:37 PM
By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
Phil Robertson steered Team Canada to its first SailGP victory by recovering from a penalty late in the podium race in Christchurch to deny Peter Burling and Team New Zealand a victory in home waters. Robertson, himself a New Zealander, sailed his foiling 50-foot catamaran aggressively in the three-boat final to win the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, the penultimate regatta in Season 3 of tech tycoon Larry Ellison’s global league. Two-time defending SailGP champion Team Australia finished third in the podium race. The Aussies and Team New Zealand remain 1-2 in the season standings heading into the final regatta in San Francisco May 6-7.