Top of the board after day 1 at Istanbul

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September 11
2014

Consistency. That’s what Dean Barker
wanted on the first day of racing of the Extreme Sailing
Series’ Istanbul round. That’s what he got.

And as he
said after practice yesterday, “consistency will be
rewarded.” Emirates Team New Zealand finished the first
day at the top of the leader board with 46 points, equal
with defending series champion, the Wave, Muscat.

They are
being chased hard by SAP Extreme sailing Team on 45 points
and Red Bull Sailing Team on 40.

Barker said: “It was a
good, solid day – nothing flashy. It’s a difficult race
course and there are gains and losses …. today we managed
the course pretty well and took the opportunities that came
up. As always, there’s still room for improvement. A
priority is better positions at the first mark. That’s
crucial.

“Coming off the water we had a much better
feeling today than we did throughout the last regatta in
Cardiff.”

Crews revelled in the conditions today: a
steady north-easterly breeze of 15 knots and gusts up to 20.
Racing was held in open water on the Marmara Sea, at the
entrance to the Bosphorus.

Emirates Team New Zealand was
also the fastest boast in the fleet with an average speed
downwind of 16.27 knots and upwind at 11.80 knots.

Two
boats were dismasted during the day – first Groupama sailing
team in race four and then Alinghi, current 2014 series
leader, in the seventh and final race of the day.

Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul standings after
Day 1, 7 races (11.09.14)

1= Emirates Team New
Zealand; The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 46 points.
3rd SAP
Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 45 points.
4th Red Bull
Sailing Team (AUT) 40 points.
5th Gazprom Team Russia (38
points.
6th GAC Pindar (AUS) 37 points.
7th Oman Air
(OMA) 30 points.
8th Alinghi (SUI) 28 points.
9th J.P.
Morgan BAR (GBR) l 24 points.
10th TeamTurx (TUR) 21
points.
11th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 20
points.
12th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 19
points.

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 overall
standings
after five
regattas

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.

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