Race damage fast repaired

Last updated 12:12 30/06/2012
Emirates Team New Zealand

BACK IN ACTION: Emirates Team New Zealand recovered from massive capsize damage on Friday to finish second in racing today.

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Emirates Team New Zealand bounced back from yesterday's capsize to finish second in the fleet race today at the AC World Series in Newport.

Against the form guide, the New Zealand team led away from the start and around the first mark with Oracle 4 in hot pursuit.

At the first top mark, leading into leg four, the starboard dagger board lifting post broke away.

Unable to raise the board, Dean Barker's crew dragged it downwind and rigged a temporary repair to get them to line.

For a short while, Oracle 4 took the lead, only to see Emirates Team New Zealand quickly regain it.

But just when it looked as if the New Zealanders would claim victory, their American rivals got past them at the last mark to win by seven seconds.

"We got off the starting line well and the boys just dug in the whole way around and never gave up," Oracle's Jimmy Spithill said.

"We thought we had a shot at it (making the late pass), it was just a fantastic race track. There were a lot of passing opportunities out there; it was never over.

"But full credit to Team New Zealand (to repair damage to their boat), they did a lot of work last night and they got out there and were straight up to pace."

Barker said that finishing in second place was an "okay" result considering how damaged the boat had been after Friday's capsize.

"For us it was important to put it all back together on the water today," he said.

"The guys really battled hard all through the night last night. There was a lot of damage and it was a massive effort just to make the start today. It would have been nice to give them a win, but second is okay."

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