Capsize won't hold back Team NZ
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:32p.m.
Team New Zealand will contest the second day's racing at the America's Cup world series regatta despite capsizing in Friday's first quarter-final match race at Rhode Island.
The capsize happened at the top mark when Team New Zealand were comfortably leading Luna Rossa Piranha.
A problem with the leeward runner on the catamaran meant they could not ease the wing sheet as they rounded the mark, making a capsize inevitable.
However, skipper Dean Barker is confident the team will be back on the water at Newport, as shore crews race to repair extensive damage to three elements of the wing.
One will be repaired overnight, one has been bought from the event and one will be cannibalised from the Youth Americas Cup AC45.
Barker says the wing extension - fitted to the top of the rig of all competitors for better light-air performance - filled with water, making it difficult to get the boat back upright.
"We were on our side for an hour. That's when the damage was done," Barker said.
"When we capsized in Auckland soon after we got the boat, we were upright in three to four minutes and damage was slight."
Team New Zealand desperately need a strong finish at the regatta, the final in the world series.
James Spithill's Oracle Racing lead the competition with 84 points, four ahead of New Zealand, with Artemis Racing third on 71.
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