Friday, October 08, 2010

Emirates Team New Zealand practice in first ever Extreme 40 event

[Source: Emirates Team New Zealand] Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker, bowman Jeremy Lomas and grinder Winston Macfarlane have had a good introduction to top-level catamaran racing in the Extreme 40 series at Almeria, Spain.

Friday was practice day with a light 5-8 knot breeze.

With Australian multihull specialist Darren Bundock on board to help the transition from monohull tactics and boat handling to fleet racing catamarans in confined waters, Barker said: “ We certainly jumped in at the deep end. It was a day of lessons and we learned a lot.

“We made a lot of fundamental errors – and that’s hardly surprising. We were up against a lot of very experienced cat racers who were sailing aggressively while we were erring on the side of caution.

Emirates Team New Zealand practice in Almeria. Almeria, 8 October 2010. Photo copyright Extreme Sailing Series

“We have to find the balance between controlled aggression and stupidity in the multihull environment .... learning what we can get away with in terms of boat positioning and control.

“We’re not going to dominate in this fleet and there’s no point coming all this way, going racing like complete cowboys and then sitting out the regatta with boat damage. We won’t learn much sitting on the dock.”

The boys’ results improved as the day went on, with 7th, 8th fifth and finally a 3rd placing leaving Dean confident about the rest of the regatta. “We’ll get better at it. The confined courses and short races give only one option – get right in there.”

Tomorrow’s racing will start at 2pm, with two or three races outside the harbour’s confines. From 3.30pm racing will be inside the seawalls of Almeria’s harbour. The breeze will be light earlier in the day and is forecast to get up to 15 knots in the afternoon.

Emirates Team New Zealand practice in Almeria. Almeria, 8 October 2010. Photo copyright Extreme Sailing Series

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At 5:26 AM, Anonymous Michel said...

emirates team New Zeland should hire ed baird again like in 1995. Greatly underestimated for his contribution to the Alinghi 33 campaign and reserve bench by the Swiss/ French because they think they know so much more better. Ed baird and his Ex 40 crew sail to an encroyable successful Exteme 40 campaign which was never promoted as well becase of the Bertarelli ego. ETNZ, Hire Ed Baired and his Extereme 40 teams as preparation partners for the Dean Barker team. Aujourdhi ??

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alinghi dominated the X40`s why can`t you!

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats true... right from day one. Good old Ed baird.


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