Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri-Lloyd 2022 December - SW LEADERBOARD

NZSailGP Team have a steep hill to climb to make the Final in Los Angeles

by Natalie Fortier NZSailGP 23 Jul 2023 03:43 PDT 23 July 2023
New Zealand SailGP Team alongside the rest of the fleet in action during a practice session ahead of the Oracle Los Angeles Sail Grand Prix- July 2023 © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP

New Zealand sits seventh on the event leaderboard after a fourth, fifth and tenth-place finish on Day 1 of the Oracle Los Angeles Sail Grand Prix.

The Kiwis were “blown away” by a controversial penalty which forced them to drop from second to fifth in the second fleet race of the day.

In Race 1, New Zealand’s fighting style saw the team claw their way back from last at Mark 1, sailing well throughout the congestion to earn a solid fourth-place finish behind Australia in first, Emirates Great Britain in second and Denmark in third.

In Race 2, New Zealand worked their way to second before a penalty for not giving room at the mark to the USA. Driver Peter Burling said: “Personally I’m blown away by how we got a penalty in that situation.”

“I spoke to Jimmy [Spithill] who our penalty was against and he didn’t even know it was on us. I think the umpires need to have a little look at themselves after that and how they can make better decisions going forward.”

Strategically, New Zealand navigated downwind to get behind the USA while also putting themselves back on the windier side of the course, but it wasn’t enough to make up significant lost ground. Denmark, who executed flawlessly from start to finish, won race two ahead of Australia in second and Spain in third.

“In Race 3, the breeze dropped right off,” said Burling “We probably took a bit too much risk trying to get foiling on that first reach and ended up off the back of the pack.” Briefly able to get up and foiling, Emirates Great Britain surged ahead of the pack to finish first minutes before Spain in second and Canada in third.

“It’s a tough one for us but we’ll learn from it and come out ready to get a couple of good races on the board tomorrow,” said Burling.

With all to play for on Day 2, Burling said: “Hopefully the fog can clear tomorrow so the breeze can come in and we can get some more good racing in. We’re right up for the challenge.”

“It’s an awesome race course here. It’s so cool having the top marks so close to the fans on shore. It would definitely be pretty tight if we got 20kts, but with conditions like we had in those first two races today it was absolutely perfect.”

The most exciting race on water is back tomorrow at 11am Monday 24 July NZST, with live racing Sunday and Monday, only on ThreeNow. Fans can catch delayed coverage on Three Now - Sport (linear) at 4.30pm.

Related Articles

SailGP: Outteridge to take over Kiwi helm
SailGP veteran Nathan Outteridge helm New Zealand's F50 ‘Amokura' this weekend SailGP veteran Nathan Outteridge will step behind the wheel of New Zealand's F50 ‘Amokura' this weekend in Sydney, with driver and co-CEO Peter Burling at home for the birth of his first child. Posted on 18 Feb
SailGP: Kiwis snatch win Dubai
New Zealand won SailGP Dubai in an extremely close finish on the Persian Gulf New Zealand has claimed victory on the Persian Gulf, at SailGP Dubai, after the closest three-boat final of the season. New Zealand has jumped from sixth to third in the season standings. Posted on 11 Dec 2023
SailGP: Kiwis hope to be back for Spain
Emirates GBR has picked up its second consecutive event win, after the Final was abandoned Emirates GBR has picked up its second consecutive event win after the Rockwool Italy Sail Grand Prix in Taranto three-boat final against Australia and the United States was terminated due to light winds on Sunday. Posted on 25 Sep 2023
SailGP: Kiwis second overall but break rig
Shortly after the end of racing, New Zealand's 29-metre wing collapsed Shortly after the end of racing, New Zealand's 29-metre wing collapsed, breaking off into the water and instigating an immediate salvage operation to ensure all debris was removed from the water. Posted on 10 Sep 2023
SailGP: Saint-Tropez gears up for showdown
NZ's biggest rivals promising promising “more aggression” and a quest for revenge against Kiwis The stage is set for SailGP's return to Europe, with New Zealand's biggest rivals promising “more aggression” and a quest for revenge against the Kiwis. Posted on 9 Sep 2023
Double Olympic medalist joins Kiwi SailGP crew
Kiwi crew keen to get back to the top of the leaderboard after disappointment of Los Angeles The Saint-Tropez event will mark seven weeks since the Kiwis' lacklustre second event of the season, in which the team struggled to find form on the port of Los Angeles. Posted on 28 Aug 2023
SailGP: Kiwis finish seventh in LA
A “tough weekend” sees New Zealand finish seventh in Los Angeles, dropping to fifth overall A “tough weekend” sees New Zealand finish seventh in Los Angeles, inching down to fifth on the overall season standings. Spain celebrated their first-ever event victory Posted on 24 Jul 2023
NZ second in heart-stopping SailGP Grand Final
Second place in heart stopping SailGP Grand Final rounds out Season 3 for Kiwis The New Zealand SailGP Team came away second in a nail-biting grand final race on the iconic San Francisco Bay, to round out Season 3 of SailGP. Season 4 starts in mid-June. Posted on 9 May 2023
SailGP: Kiwis deny Slingsby is a target
Burling says his team is relishing the opportunity to beat Australia, but was looking at others, too Asked in this morning's pre-event media conference if he had hopes of “spoiling Tom [Slingsby]'s party at home,” New Zealand skipper Peter Burling said his team was relishing the opportunity, but had other crews in their sights too. Posted on 17 Feb 2023
SailGP: Kiwis feel the heat in Dubai
The Kiwis will be feeling the heat this weekend when SailGP makes its Middle Eastern debut The Kiwis will be feeling the heat this weekend when SailGP makes its Middle Eastern debut at the Dubai Sail Grand Prix Posted on 11 Nov 2022
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomRooster 2023 - FOOTERArmstrong 728x90 - Performance Mast Range - BOTTOM