Extreme Sailing Series- Emirates Team NZ in the medal hunt
by Warren Douglas on 24 Feb 2014
Emirates Team New Zealand has ended the Extreme Sailing Series Singapore regatta in fourth place.
Emirates Team New Zealand. Day four of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta being sailed in Singapore. 23/2/2014 Chris Cameron/ETNZ© http://www.chriscameron.co.nz
It was not the finish Dean Barker and crew – Glenn Ashby, Jeremy Lomas, James Dagg and Edwin Delaat – were looking for.
A podium finish was a possibility right up to the first beat of the last race. Alinghi had secured first place overall whatever the outcome of the race, but The Wave, Realstone and Emirates Team New Zealand each had a chance for second and third.
With double points at stake, the plan for the last race was to secure a clean start and then stay out of trouble.
A gear issue disrupted the crew's buildup to the start and then, on the first beat, they were involved in a port-starboard incident with The Wave. The resulting penalty took them to the back of the fleet.
The Wave and Realstone finished well and took second and third places on the leader board.
The next regatta in the Extreme Sailing Series takes place in Oman from March 19-22.
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 Act 1, Singapore
Standings after Day 4, 29 races
1st Alinghi (SUI) 217 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 193 points.
3rd Realstone (SUI) 178 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 168 points.
5th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 160 points.
6th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 156 points.
7th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 152 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 128 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) 128 points.
10th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 126 points.
11th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) 82 points.
12th GAC Pindar (AUS) 59 points.
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