While most of the world was focused on Team Britain in America’s Cup World series the Team NZ was not far behind. The final lap of the nine regatta series ended in Japan on Sunday. The weekend races started off with practice rounds on Friday.
On Saturday the six teams took to the waters with Britain’s Land Rover BAR team being in the leading position. As the leader board scores showcased, Team NZ was in third place and their position remained the same when the first day of the races ended. The team was skippered by the expert sailor Glenn Ashby. The team finished in the second position in the first race while they obtained fifth position in the second race and was third in the final race. As a result, they accumulated a total of 23 points.
The two teams that were ahead of them was Oracle Team USA in the second position while the Land Rover BAR team skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie was in the first position. The final regatta was this very weekend race, in Corfu, which concluded the America’s Cup World Series of the 34th edition. The event had a unique scoring system in place.
There were bonus points to be earned in this final regatta which will allow the winners to move on to qualifier rounds in June in the following year. The second place would gather a single bonus point. The point scores were doubled in the second day of the race. Hence, it was hoped that New Zealand would be able to make it pivotal on the second day. By the end of the first day of the race Team NZ needed to have six more points in order to make it to the podium. That is how the situation stood on the first day of the race.