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Japan to use hybrid boat in SailGP

Japan will use SailGP’s first hybrid boat on the second day of the Sydney round after their F50 catamaran suffered serious damage in a huge collision with Great Britain.

Friday’s clash, which occurred at the pre-start of the third and final fleet race on the first day, resulted in the front of the right hull of Japan’s F50 being sliced off.

Japan, driven by Australian 2012 Olympic 49er gold medallist Nathan Outteridge, will use their own foils and the base of the GB boat.

With GB withdrawing from the second day of the Sydney event, there will be just seven teams contesting the last two fleet races, with competition resuming at 4pm (AEDT) Saturday.

The three highest pointscorers after the five fleet races over the two days will advance to Saturday’s final.

Spain (21) head the standings after the three races on day one, followed by Australia and the United States (both 16), Denmark 14, Japan 10, New Zealand (9), Britain (6) and New Zealand (5).

Britain’s score includes a six-point penalty for their part in causing Friday’s collision with Japan.

They also had two points taken off their season score, almost certainly ending their prospects of making the top three for the $US1million ($A1.4 million) grand final in San Francisco next March.

Going into the seventh and penultimate round in Sydney, Australia (44 points) lead the season table from the US and Japan (both 44), GB (38), New Zealand (36), Spain (35), Denmark (33) and France (32).

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