Emirates Team New Zealand – third

Emirates Team New Zealand update – third-place finish at
Qingdao

Big wind gusts blasted across the race course
on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series Qingdao
regatta.

The city lived up to its reputation as a tricky,
unpredictable race course, giving crews a tough time even
with the fleet reduced to two divisions of six boats to
minimise the risk of collision.

With rapid and frequent
wind shifts (from 90 to 180 deg not uncommon) the stage was
set for another day of mayhem on the water. The almost
inevitable big crash occurred when Red Bull Sailing Team hit
the series leader Alinghi as it was lining up at the start.
That was an early end to Alinghi’s regatta.

Emirates
Team New Zealand finished the regatta third overall – and
retained third place in the 2014 series championship.

It
was a great result for the team. It was Peter Burling and
Blair Tuke’s first regatta in team colours and they had
never sailed before with Glenn Ashby, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin
Delaat.

Burling and Tuke’s previous Extreme Sailing
Series regatta was more than a year ago and they made a fast
transition from their 49er Olympic campaign. They were happy
to achieve a podium finish for the team.

The next regatta
is at St Petersburg, Russia, starting June 26. Burling will
again be at the helm.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3
Qingdao
Standings after Day 4, 32 races
1st Alinghi
(SUI) 178 points.
2nd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 168
points.
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand 160 points.
4th
The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 159 points.
5th Gazprom Team
Russia 140 points.
6th Oman Air 133 points.
7th J.P.
Morgan BAR (GBR) 129 points.
8th Groupama sailing team
(FRA) 128 points.
9th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 126
points.
10th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 125
points.
11th Team Extreme Qingdao (CHN) 111
points.
12th GAC Pindar (AUS) 98 points.

Extreme
Sailing Series 2014 overall standings
1st Alinghi (SUI)
28 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 26 points.
3rd
Emirates Team New Zealand 24 points.
4th Realteam by
Realstone (SUI) 22 points.
5th Gazprom Team Russia 15
points.
6th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 12 points.
7th
Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 11 points.
8th J.P. Morgan
BAR (GBR) 10 points.
9th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 9
points.
10th Oman Air 8 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS)
3
points.

Ends

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