scoop.co.nz 16 Mar, 2021 19:15 am

The Game Plan

The Game Plan
Auckland, New Zealand - 16th March 2021 Both teams headed out to course C onto the Hauraki Gulf today with the same game plan. Keeping it simple - and just focusing on the next race. In what has become a roller coaster of extreme emotions for everyone ...

Auckland, New Zealand - 16th March 2021 Both teams headed out to course C onto the Hauraki Gulf today with the same game plan.For the eleven athletes onboard Emirates Team New Zealand as they headed out on the water, the last leg of the race today is light-years away.” With two wins from two races yesterday, Emirates Team New Zealand were looking to pile the pressure on their opposition - one race at a time.The Italians were just ahead on leg 2, and with Emirates Team New Zealand close behind, an aggressive match racing move by Jimmy Spithill on board Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli at the bottom of the course reminded the crew onboard Te Rehutai this race was far from over, as they were pushed out wide, rounding the bottom gate 100 metres behind the Italians.

Splitting at the bottom gate, Emirates Team New Zealand headed back up leg 5, and were tacked on the middle of the course, and so peeled off to look for clear air on the right-hand side of the course - then gained from a right hand wind shift which was the game-changer in this race.” After the win, Emirates Team New Zealand helm Peter Burling remained calm and focused on the job at hand.

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