27 Jul 2015

Team NZ happy with first up regatta

5:40 pm on 27 July 2015

No racing was possible on the second and final day of the America's Cup World Series regatta in Portsmouth meaning Team New Zealand finished second.

Team New Zealand sailing at the America's Cup World Series.

Team New Zealand sailing at the America's Cup World Series. Photo: Photosport

Extreme weather and wind gusting above 30mph meant racing on the second day was cancelled.

It was the first outing for new helsman Peter Burling and the team's tactician Ray Davies was impressed with what he saw.

Team New Zealand scored a win and a third on the first day so finished a point behind Sir Ben Ainslie's British team.

Speaking about the decision to call off racing, helmsman Peter Burling said while it's disappointing it's just part of the sport and was happy with the result in the first America's Cup event of this cycle.

"It's really pleasing for us to put together two solid races like we did yesterday ... it was really pleasing for us to beat the current America's Cup holders Oracle Team USA, who have been doing more sailing than most, in our first event as a new team."

The skipper Glenn Ashby was pleased to come second especially given the limited time the New Zealand crew has actually had on the water.

"There are a lot of other teams out there that have been doing a lot more sailing than we have in the last 18 months. So for our 10th day of sailing effectively to be able to come away with a second place out of the fleet we are very pleased."

"In saying that, we have a huge amount to work on going forward once we get back to New Zealand. We have massive room for improvement in so many areas."

Oracle Team USA finished third.

The next event is in Gothenburg at the end of August.

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