27 Jun 2012

Team NZ endure eventful practice day in Newport

6:27 pm on 27 June 2012

Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker's pleased with their results on the first day of practice ahead of the final America's Cup World Series catamaran Regatta but it's come at a cost with a crewman injured and the boat damaged.

Practice starting sequences with the fleet were followed by three races with Team NZ finishing second, third and sixth.

Barker says trimmer James Dagg suffered mild concussion when he collided with tactician Ray Davies' elbow and was taken off the boat to be checked by medical staff.

Barker says he's fine and will be back sailing tomorrow.

Their problems didn't end there though for as they were returning to port after the practice races, they collided with an official tender and damaged the rudder.

Barker says they've taken the boat out of the water and repaired the damage and will be sailing in tomorrow's practice races, before the regatta begins on Friday.

The Newport regatta is the last in the series with San Francisco based Oracle and Team NZ the leading contenders.