by Dean Barker
Dean Barker reports of the Extreme 40's in Oman:
Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand, takes the helm of an Extreme 40 for the first time on day 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Almeria.
Final day in Oman
Today was the final day in Oman and with 6 races anything could happen.
We started the day well with 2 good races but a couple of average races dropped us back a bit from the leaders. However we finished strongly with a 2nd and then in the final double points race another 2nd place closed us right in on the boats in front. Unfortunately is was too little too late and although we closed to within 3 points of 3rd and 7 points of 2nd it wasn't to be this time.
I have come away from this event very happy with our performance. Sure we are not winning yet but it feels that up against some of the best multi sailors in the world we are making some good progress. There is nothing like having motivation to succeed and the combination of enjoyable sailing and some incredibly tight racing I am looking forward to the season ahead.
Signing off from Oman
Dean Barker is Skipper of Emirates Team NZ and a Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and www.nexusmarine.se!Nexus_Marine