Team New Zealand sails to bottom of standings
Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is promising a thorough debrief as the Kiwis digest a rare wooden spoon effort at the latest regatta in the Extreme Sailing series.
Team New Zealand completed a thoroughly forgettable regatta in Cardiff yesterday by slipping to dead last among the 11 teams.
A second-placing in the final race of the day - and the 18 points the double bonus had on offer - weren't enough to avoid the foot of the table.
What's more, the Cardiff disaster cost the team a place on the series leaderboard, slipping to fourth with five of the eight regattas now completed.
It's a quick turn around to the next event in Istanbul, Turkey from September 11-14.
With Peter Burling defending his world 49er title at the same time, Barker will hold the helm of the slick 40-foot catamaran and realises big improvements are needed.
''We needed a good day on the water today to climb up the leaderboard. It's difficult to explain what went on. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even the 18 points from the last race was not enough to make any difference,'' Barker said.
''We will debrief very heavily and look at what we need to improve. We want a much better showing at Istanbul in three weeks.''
There were just four points separating the bottom four teams in Cardiff but that was little compensation for the Kiwis.
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 remain in charge overall from The Wave. But another Swiss team, Realtime, have jumped ahead of Team New Zealand on the series points table.
Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
1 The Wave Muscat (OMA) 210, 2 Alinghi (SUI) 205, 3 JP 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 JP 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.