Australian Olympic champion and SailGP star Tom Slingsby’s blossoming romance with Bachelor star Helena Sauzby

Aussie Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby is dominating a revolutionary competition, and his personal life is going just as well.

Australian Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby is dominating the sporting world while enjoying a blossoming romance with a former Bachelor star.

Slingsby, who claimed gold in sailing’s Laser class at the London 2012 Olympics, is at the helm of Team Australia in the SailGP competition, which is currently in its third season.

He also won the America’s Cup in 2013 aboard Team Oracle USA and won the 2016 Sydney to Hobart as skipper of Perpetual Loyal.

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The 37-year-old led Australia to victory in the first two editions of SailGP and the Aussies are leading season three after pulling off a comeback win in the most recent race in Chicago.

And life is going swimmingly off the water for Slingsby, who is in a relationship with Helena Sauzier, who appeared on Matt Agnew’s season of The Bachelor.

They began dating in 2020 and their relationship has appears to have gone from strength to strength since then.

The couple regularly appear on each other’s social media accounts and Sauzier has joined Slingsby on his globetrotting endeavours competing at SailGP’s races around the world.

This week Sauzier posted a video of her sharing a kiss with Slingsby during their travels in Spain.

“Mi amor & more in Valencia,” she wrote on Instagram.

Slingsby recently posted a photo of the couple looking cosy on a boat in Mauritius.

“I have loved my girl showing me Mauritius, his caption read.

“Such a beautiful place. Love you babe.”

“Everything’s good for me at the moment,” Slingsby recently said in the SailGP documentary, available to stream on Kayo Sports.

“Career’s going well, I’m sailing well, personal life is great, got a great girlfriend.”

Skipper of the Japanese team Nathan Outteridge added: “Tom is finding a very good balance at the moment.

“I can see him growing as a person a lot and as good friend of him, I’m glad to see his new relationship going well and I think that’s had some positive effects on him this year.”

Speaking to news.com.au from Portugal last month, Slingsby said he was loving the lifestyle of travelling the world racing against the best sailors in the world.

With strong personalities and big egos in charge of the boats, SailGP has been likened to Formula One on water and Slingsby hopes the SailGP documentary will have a similar effect that Netflix’s Drive to Survive had in exposing the sport to a wider audience.

“As a huge F1 fan, I kind of like the comparison that people are saying that,” he said.

“For sure they’ve got a lot bigger budget than us at the moment and they’re doing a great job at it, but slowly and surely I think we’re going to get there. I guess we’re modelling it off that and hopefully we can be successful like that one day.

“But sailing has really come from obscurity to the general sport fan’s eyes and we are now starting to making a real dent. It’s a slow process but it’s definitely happening and I’m very happy to be compared to F1.”

When asked which F1 driver he is most similar to, Slingsby nominated Max Verstappen, due to his fiery temper on the boat and tendency to win races more often than not.

“As much as I’d love to say I’m Daniel Ricciardo, that’s not the truth,” he laughed.

“He’s happy-go-lucky all the time, but when results aren’t going my way I definitely can’t put the smile on my face like he does.

“I guess I’d be compared to Max (Verstappen). It’s a good comparison result-wise. He probably isn’t my favourite F1 driver but he’s extremely intense and passionate and he gets angry in the car.

“I think I’m pretty similar to that. I can lose my cool if things aren’t going well. It’s all about the results for me. I’m really passionate about trying to win races.”

SailGP, which has expanded to 10 teams and is returning to Sydney Harbour in February 2023 as the ninth event in the championship’s calendar.

Season three continues when it heads to Plymouth in the UK later this month, and Slingsby is confident the Aussies can keep the ball rolling towards a third straight victory when the season wraps up next year.

“For sure, we’ve got the ability to (win). It’s a long season, we’re two events into an 11-event calendar,” he said.

“We’ve got almost a year to go so there’s plenty of races ahead of us. We’re in good shape, we’re off to a great start.”

Originally published as Aussie Olympic champion Tom Slingsby’s blossoming romance with Bachelor star

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