Team NZ finish world series second
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:03p.m.
Team New Zealand have finished the inaugural America's Cup World Series second overall after a disappointing end to the final day of sailing in the United States.
In the closing triple-points fleet race at Newport, Rhode Island, on Monday (NZT), they came home sixth among the eight starters.
The season's overall winners were the Oracle Team crew skippered by Australian James Spithill.
Team NZ skipper Dean Barker says his crew had their opportunities in the last race, but didn't capitalise on them.
"We had a nice start and were second at the first mark, and then we just blew it," he said.
"We made a couple of mistakes and fell back to fifth or sixth, and from there it was very difficult to fight our way back through."
Team NZ also had to battle equipment problems, with another dagger board lifting pole breaking.
Overall, Newport was a tough regatta for the New Zealanders, with two members injured, a collision with a mark boat and a damaging capsize.
The first world series, which began in August and comprised six events, was raced in AC45 wing-sailed catamarans, the forerunners to the larger AC72s that will be used when Oracle defend the America's Cup in San Francisco next year.
The series' second season begins in San Francisco in August.
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