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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kiwi's Snatch 4th of July Glory at Extreme 40's in Boston

Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand have taken out Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in a thrilling showdown in the circuit's USA debut.
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American Terry Hutchinson on board Artemis Racing went in to the final race with an eight point advantage after heading the standings for most of the past five days but lost in the final leg of the last race of the final day.

The Kiwi's had a blinding start, taking the lead once from Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, only to lose it after stalling in a tack on the final beat. Up until this point and despite of having to duck most of the fleet on the start line, Hutchinson had managed to just four places behind Barker which were necessary to take overall victory.

But on the final beat, however, just one tactical choice decided it, with the right-hand side of the course not delivering for Artemis. As they neared the final top mark four boats snuck past and they scored an eighth place giving Emirates Team New Zealand the overall victory by four points on a total of 293 after 37 races.
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"I said yesterday there is only one race you need to be in the lead for and its the most important one,” Hutchinson said. “We had a winning combination coming into the leeward mark going up the right-hand side and the breeze went hard left so we lost four boats up the last beat. All we can do is congratulate Emirates Team New Zealand. They hung tough for the whole regatta and sorry to the fans of Boston as it would have been great a good Independence Day finisher.”

The Kiwi's were clearly ecstatic about winning their first ever Extreme Sailing Series event.

“The sailing has been very challenging” Barker said. “Artemis Racing showed us the way the whole week but the racing here was so tight, with potentially four boats able to take the title going in to the final race. It’s never over until it’s over. We had a really tight finish with Artemis in Istanbul and its nice to come out on the right side of this one. Boston has been great, we love the city and have really enjoyed our time here.”
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Leigh McMillan and his crew of The Wave, Muscat finished third, exceeding their own expectations in McMillan’s recent return to the circuit.

“I was jumping up and down and shouting when we crossed the finishing line,” McMillan said. “It was a very good celebration amongst the team and it meant a lot for us. We never felt that we had a lot of breaks but we worked really hard through the week so it’s fair to say that the guys carried me through the week as I had my head down.”

Luna Rossa, the winner of Act 2 in Qingdao, found there groove over the last two days of the regatta but missed out a podium position finishing fourth overall ahead of the all-French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild by two points.

Alinghi fought back strongly to finish sixth overall ahead of Red Bull Extreme Sailing by three points. This was one of the tightest overall leaderboards in the history of the event, with the top seven teams all vying for podium positions on the final day.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA
Current overall standings after 37 races, Day 5 (4.7.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1st Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Adam Beashel / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 293 points
2nd Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Sean Clarkson / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 289 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 269 points
4th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 262 points
5th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 260 points
6th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 251 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 248 points
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 198 points
9th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 172 points
10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Andrew Walsh / Jono Macbeth 137 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Bob Merrick 126 points

Lulu Roseman

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