Team New Zealand finish last in Cardiff regatta
Team New Zealand have finished last in the latest round of the Extreme Sailing Series.
The 11th placing in Cardiff today has seen them drop a place to fourth on the overall points table after five of the eight regattas.
The Kiwis, with Dean Barker back at the helm, had troubles from the outset in Cardiff, highlighted by collision damage on the second day.
They managed a win and a second on the final day, but those results were countered by a several finishes at the back half of the fleet that saw them drop from eight to bottom in Cardiff.
There were just three points separating the bottom four teams in Cardiff, but that was little compensation for the Kiwis who took the wooden spoon.
The Wave Muscat edged Alinghi (Switzerland) and Ben Ainslie's British outfit JP Morgan for honours in Cardiff with blustery conditions making for plenty of action.
Alinghi remained in charge overall from The Wave. But another Swiss team, Realtime, have jumped ahead of Team New Zealand on the series points table.
The next regatta was in Istanbul, Turkey, from September 11-14.
With alternate skipper Peter Burling defending his world 49er title in Spain at that time, it would be left to Barker to make amends.
Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
1 The Wave Muscat (OMA) 210, 2 Alinghi (SUI) 205, 3 J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 203, 4 Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 186, 5 Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 182, 6 Oman Air (OMA) 175, 7 SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 174, 8 Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 154, 9 Groupama sailing team (FRA) 154, 10 GAC Pindar (AUS) 153, 11 Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 151.
Overall standings (after 5 of 8 events)
1 Alinghi 47, 2 The Wave Muscat 45, 3 Realteam by Realstone 34, 4 Emirates Team New Zealand 33, 5 J.P. Morgan BAR 25, 6 Gazprom Team Russia 22, 7 Red Bull Sailing Team 20, 8 SAP Extreme Sailing Team 18, 9 Oman Air 16, 10 Groupama sailing team 15, 11 GAC Pindar 5.