Team NZ finish on low
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:59p.m.
Team New Zealand finished the America's Cup World Series regatta in San Francisco on a low note with a ninth placing in the final fleet race on Monday (NZT).
The Dean Barker-skippered crew finished seventh in the overall fleet race standings following their elimination in the match race semi-finals.
In tricky conditions, Team NZ finished near the tail of the 11-boat fleet, ending a terrible start to a series in which they placed second overall last year.
Cup holders Oracle dominated the final day, claiming the fleet race honours and winning the match race final when their boat skippered by New Zealand's Russell Coutts beat teammate James Spithill of Australia.
Team NZ now face a challenge on two fronts - increasing the testing and development on their giant 72-foot catamaran ahead of the America's Cup challenge in San Francisco next year and trying to improve their AC45 for the world series.
Team NZ boss Grant Dalton confirmed there would be a review into the substandard performance.
"We have never been off the podium since the unsuccessful 2003 defence of the America's Cup. San Francisco is the team's worst result since then," Dalton said.
"Throughout this week, I kept expecting it to come right, but it never did. It was more than just one of those regattas that didn't go our way."
The next world series regatta is back in San Francisco in early October, followed by two further regattas in Europe.
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29/08/2012 6:53:15 p.m.
We have put up with Barker for years he has to go, he is not aggressive enough and too soft to drive the team.
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