Yachting: Team NZ fifth in Nice

Emirates Team New Zealand in action during the Nice event. Photo Chris Cameron / ETNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand have retained third place in the Extreme Sailing Series despite finishing middle of the field at the latest event in Nice, France.

Alinghi will go into the final event of the series in Sydney with an eight-point leading margin over second-placed team The Wave, after the Swiss team were victorious once again.

Only four days of racing remain this year with five teams – Alinghi, The Wave, Muscat, Emirates Team New Zealand, Realteam and J.P. Morgan BAR – capable of a top-three position.

The breeze was light at the start of the final day in Nice but a threatening thunderstorm caused the breeze to build big shifts across the course. The boats were flying hulls for the last couple of races.

Emirates Team New Zealand finished the Nice event in fifth place out of the 11 boats, enough to hold third spot in the series.

“Today we felt like we sailing well enough to keep our place on the podium. We let a few things slip away from us in the last race – we couldn’t quite put it together,” said Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling.

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 overall standings
1st Alinghi (SUI) 65 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 57 points.
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 49 points.
4th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 45 points.
5th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 37 points.
6th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 30 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 28 points.
8th Oman Air (OMA) 24 points.
9th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 24 points.
10th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 22 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 11 points.

Extreme Sailing Series Nice standings after final day Day, 29 races
1st Alinghi (SUI) 183 points.
2nd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 171 points.
3rd J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 161 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 160 points.
5th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 156 points.
6th GAC Pindar (AUS) 146 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 145 points.
8th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 143 points.
9th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 143 points.
10th Oman Air (OMA) 138 points.
11th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 133 points.

NZ Herald


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