Incident-free debut for Team New Zealand

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 15:17 24/05/2013

Relevant offers

Other Sports

No chance of reconciliation between Team NZ boss Grant Dalton and Dean Barker Dean Barker not ready to give up sailing but admits he and Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton aren't 'mates' 'Concrete pills' get Jake Robertson through race with broken wrist Johnstone: Where to now for Dean Barker, Team New Zealand? Nick Willis wins feature 5000m race at Auckland Track Challenge Black Sox pitchers Nik Hayes and Heinie Shannon withdraw from trial in Hamilton American-based pitcher with Kiwi heritage Kim-An Quinn has been named in the New Zealand Junior White Sox squad IOC relaxes rule on Olympic athlete sponsors World champ jets in for west coast surf event Dean Barker not ready to give up sailing but admits he and Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton aren't 'mates'

Team New Zealand have had an incident-free debut in their massive America’s Cup catamaran on the San Francisco Bay.

It was the big cat’s first taste of the waters where the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series and the America’s Cup will be raced.

The Kiwis were out on the water for two hours, sailing in winds that ranged from 5-16 knots.

Skipper Dean Barker was pleased with the first day's effort from his team.

"It was good to get out there and get a feel for the bay. There was not much breeze by San Francisco standards, but enough on the first day," Barker said.

"We have made a lot of changes to the boat since Auckland. Everything will be checked overnight and we will be back on the water tomorrow."

He said the shore crew and logistics people had done a remarkable job moving the base from Auckland to San Francisco in a compressed time-frame.

"Now we can think about going racing," he said. 

Team New Zealand had always planned to sail today after building their base and AC72 which were containered north from Auckland.

Their maiden sail on the infamous Bay came two weeks after Swedish challenger Artemis Racing capsized, killing British sailor Andrew Simpson.

The recommendations from a  review into that tragedy were released yesterday with 37 changes in the pipeline to increase safety.

Team New Zealand, Italy challenger Luna Rossa and cup holders Oracle have all now sailed since the accident though Artemis have yet to return to the water.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content