Yachting: Team NZ finish last in Cardiff

Team New Zealand finished 11th overall in Cardiff despite a strong showing in the double points race. Photo / ETNZ
Team New Zealand finished 11th overall in Cardiff despite a strong showing in the double points race. Photo / ETNZ

There was good and not-so-good for Team New Zealand on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff regatta overnight.

By the end of the day Dean Barker and crew found themselves in unfamiliar territory - 11th place and last on the Cardiff leaderboard, even after a second place in the double-points last race.

After a regatta when very little seemed to go their way, the team remain fourth on the championship leaderboard and handily placed to climb back into a podium position.

"We needed a good day on the water today to climb up the leaderboard. It's difficult to explain what went on. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time," Dean Barker said.

"Even the 18 points from the last race was not enough to make any difference.

"We will debrief very heavily and look at what we need to improve. We want a much better showing at Istanbul in three weeks."

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 overall standings
1st Alinghi (SUI) 47 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 45 points.
3rd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 34 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand 33 points.
5th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 25 points.
6th Gazprom Team Russia 22 points.
7th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 20 points.
8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 18 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) 16 points.
10th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 15 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 5 points.

- NZ Herald

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