Team New Zealand have made a quiet return to the Extreme Sailing Series, producing mixed results on the first day of the opening regatta in Singapore regatta to sit fourth overall.
With two wins in the eight races sailed, Dean Barker and his crew of Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin Delaat are well placed in the 12-boat fleet.
Sitting on 46 points, they are only two shy of French team Groupama and former America's Cup rivals Alinghi, who are in a share of second. The other Swiss team in the fleet, Realstone, leads the regatta with 56 points.
Fortunes fluctuated for every team in the very shifty breeze that was a light four to 10 knots.
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Having started and finished the day with a win, Emirates Team NZ skipper Dean Barker said he will be looking for more consistency from his crew over the coming days.
"We had good results in the first few races, then faded a little finishing towards the back of the fleet and returned to win the last race," he said.
"After the tough racing on practice day we knew we were in for a battle this week. We have to work on consistency and eliminating mistakes."
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 1, Singapore Standings after Day 1, 8 races
Position / Team / Points
1st Realstone (SUI) 56 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) 48 points.
3rd Groupama sailing team (FRA) 48 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 46 points.
5th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 44 points.
6th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 43 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 39 points.
8th Oman Air (OMA) 38 points.
9th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 29 points.
10th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 28 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 20 points.
12th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) 17 points.