The America’s Cup World Series in San Francisco concluded five days of racing on Sunday with OMEGA-Sponsored Emirates Team New Zealand finishing in fourth place in the overall fleet racing championship. The event which serves as a prelude to next year’s America’s Cup final attracted fans from around the globe who packed the San Francisco shoreline and bay to catch a firsthand look at the action.
ENTZ featuring skipper and OMEGA Ambassador Dean Barker entered the day in third place in the points standings but was unable to maintain their podium position following a seventh-place finish in the only fleet race of the afternoon. The Kiwis finished with 57 total points, 22 points off the leader Team USA (Spithill).
Following the regatta Barker talked about his week in San Francisco, “We sailed better, but we still need to better understand conditions in San Francisco. We have raced two regattas on the top-half of the 2013 America’s Cup course area and feel more comfortable. Our ‘local knowledge’ – San Francisco yachtsman – Dee Smith was a massive help.”
Rounding out the top three positions in the fleet racing championship were J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) with 79 points and Armetis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson) with 72 points.
OMEGA has a longtime connection to the sea, having produced the first divers’ watch and the only wristwatch that received marine chronometer certification. The brand’s long-term partnership with Team New Zealand started with Sir Peter Blake's America's Cup campaign in 1995 and since 2001, OMEGA has honored Sir Peter's legacy with its support for Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup skipper Dean Barker.
Next year, the brand will again serve as the Official Timekeeper for the Emirates Team New Zealand in its upcoming America's Cup campaign in San Francisco, September 7-22, 2013.
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