13 Jun 2016

Team NZ fourth in Chicago

1:03 pm on 13 June 2016

Team New Zealand has kept its overall lead in the America's Cup World Series after finishing fourth in the Chicago round.

Team New Zealand capsizes on Lake Michigan.

Team New Zealand capsized during Friday's practice day. Photo: Emirates Team New Zealand

The New Zealanders finished fifth, third and third in today's three races to finish fourth in the regatta.

Artemis Racing of Sweden won the regatta from BAR of Great Britain and Dean Barker's Team Japan.

It has been an eventful stop in Chicago. The six-team event spread over two days has been disrupted due to weather.

With winds too light for racing to start on time on the first official race day, officials decided to take the substitute race from Friday to count on the leaderboard.

That race was won by Dean Barker's Team Japan, earning them their first ACWS victory.

Sweden's entry Artemis Racing finished second, Groupama Team France placed third and Team New Zealand fourth in Friday's substitute race while Oracle Team USA came in last after their sailboat capsized.

Weather conditions eventually improved Saturday afternoon local time and a substitute race for Sunday was held.

Team New Zealand finished ahead of Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing in that substitute race but the result didn't count as the wind was suitable for racing on day two.

"It was really tough out there," said skipper Glenn Ashby. "The wind was up and you look along the start line and there are no easy beats. We have been saying it all along, and the results of this regatta show just how good all of the teams are. We finished 4th, you are never satisfied with that, but if there is any consolation we managed to beat Oracle again, and increase our lead overall so that's good."

After four rounds Team New Zealand has a 10 point lead over Great Britain and Oracle.

The next round is in Portsmouth next month.

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