Yachting: Team NZ finishes third overall in Naples

Emirates Team New Zealand. Photo / Chris Cameron.
Emirates Team New Zealand. Photo / Chris Cameron.

Emirates Team New Zealand's good record in the fleet racing championship of the America's Cup World Series in Naples hit a snag on the last day.

Going went into the final day leading on 52 points with four wins from six races, the massive scoring of the final race (50 points for the win then 30, 20, 20, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 - compared with 10 for the win during the week) skewed the final result.

Team New Zealand started five points ahead of Oracle Racing 4 and 10 ahead of Luna Rossa Piranha.

The weather was very light - not exactly Team New Zealand's favourite conditions - and a bad start (being shut out by Luna Rossa at the committee boat end of the line) meant the boat languished towards the back of the fleet.

In the conditions - three knots of breeze at the start - there were few passing lanes.

Team New Zealand finished seventh to collect eight points. Luna Rossa Piranha won the race to collect to 50 points, catapulting them to 92 and top of the leader board for the ACWS fleet race championships.

Oracle Racing 4 finished second overall on 77 and team New Zealand on 60 points was third.

- APNZ

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