28 Feb 2016

Team New Zealand in third

9:29 am on 28 February 2016

Team New Zealand are in third place heading into the final day of racing at the year's first America's Cup World Series regatta in Oman.

Team New Zealand sailing in Bermuda 2015.

Team New Zealand. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The New Zealanders recorded a first, fourth and sixth place finish in the three races on day one where light wind conditions prevailed.

Skipper Glenn Ashby was pleased with the start, "We had a great race in the first race, got off the line well and just sailed a good clean race. It certainly wasn't easy, but it never is."

However it was the following two races which proved just how tricky the conditions were for racing amongst the America's Cup fleet.

With breeze holding between six and eight knots boat handling was about flying hulls rather than foiling the AC45's and staying out of trouble.

"The breeze kept things tight," said Ashby. "There was a lot of gas and wind shadows to contend with, unfortunately we got bounced around a bit in the third race, but the teams that kept their nose clean were the ones who came out on top and at the end of the day Land Rover BAR did the best job of it for sure."

The British team won both the second and third races, with the fleet mixing up the finishing order behind them.

Despite the challenges Ashby remained optimistic, "As with all of these world series events, with the Sunday double points races, the regatta basically starts from scratch again tomorrow. So we will take many of the lessons we learned today and be ready to go for tomorrow."

"We are always learning, the whole year is about learning for us and while we conceded about three points overall, the main positive to take from today is we are still on top of the overall leader board, and that's where we want to be by the end of the day tomorrow."


Land Rover BAR 28

Oracle Team USA 24

Emirates Team New Zealand 22

Softbank Team Japan 21

Artemis Racing 20

Groupama Team France 20


Emirates Team New Zealand 144

Land Rover BAR 137

Oracle Team USA 136

Artemis Racing 125

Softbank Team Japan 121

Groupama Team France 102