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Team Australia skipper Tom Slingsby has pulled off a tight manoeuvre late in the podium race to pass the France team and win the Great Britain SailGP regatta on Plymouth Sound.
It was the first regatta victory for the Australian team since they took the global league's $1 million ($A1.35m), winner-take-all finale for the inaugural championship in September 2019.
The United States finished third in the podium race on Sunday.
The Aussies rebounded from an unthinkable last-place finish in the eight-boat fleet in Italy last month, the first time in seven SailGP legs they hadn't finished first or second.
"It was a highs and lows regatta," said Slingsby, who had to plug in three new sailors for this regatta.
"We were winning races, we were at the back of the pack and we just squeaked into the final race.
"We had the lead, we lost it. It sort of had everything in that the race - overtake incidents, mistakes -but somehow we ended up with the ball and crossed the line."
Australia and Great Britain are on 22 points after the third of nine regattas this season to be a point clear of France with the United States, Japan and Spain level on 19, while Denmark and New Zealand are on 17.
Slingsby put his foiling 50-foot catamaran in front early in the podium race but the Aussies were having trouble with their rudders, which led to a poor move that cost them the lead.
They came speeding back into contention and gibed just ahead of France to take the lead approaching the final gate and the turn to the finish.
"It's a really tough manoeuvre that we had to do," Slingsby said.
"It was touch and go. If they're 10 metres closer to us, we're in big trouble and we had to nail a perfect gibe in the end.
"I honestly think it was probably our best gibe we did the whole event... Where we did it was spot on and I'm really stoked we able to do that and get the win."
The win was achieved despite the Aussies being without their regular flight controller Jason Waterhouse, who is preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, and grinder Sam Newton, who ishome in Australia for family reasons.
Ed Powys handled the flight controller role for the first time.
"Look, we were scrambling and teaching a lot of the guys on the fly and fortunately we were able to get some really good people involved and we now have a lot more depth moving forward in the series," said Slingsby, an Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup winner.
"It's great to have options moving forward."
The host British team, which was in last place after Saturday's three fleet races, won Sunday's second fleet race to finish fourth overall.