NZ slip at Extreme Sailing regatta

Team New Zealand have slipped to a share of fourth place at the Extreme Sailing regatta in Singapore, leaving them with no chance of winning the opening leg of the 2014 series.

Placed second going into the penultimate day of the 12-boat regatta, skipper Dean Barker and his crew struggled in the fluctuating wind that marred Saturday’s six races.

Team NZ and the Red Bull Racing Team of Austria are level on 117 points, with no chance of catching Swiss leaders Alinghi (163).

However, second-placed Oman outfit The Wave (132) and Switzerland’s Realstone (130) are in Barker’s sights on Sunday.

“We’re sailing well and are still in the hunt for a podium finish. We need a good solid day and have a few breaks go our way,” he said.

A series of collisions left four boats needing repairs but a full contingent is expected to line up for the last races.

Team Aberdeen Singapore caught a big gust as they came into the finish line struggling to hold off the pace and smacked into the back of France’s Groupama sailing team.

Crews of five men are contesting the eight-leg series in 40-foot catamarans.

New Zealand’s crew comprises Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin Delaat.


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