From the following Sail-World article by Richard Gladwell
After 19 days of sailing their second AC72, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker says the designers and boat builders had delivered all the sailing crew had hoped.
'In some ways,' he says, 'they delivered more than we expected.'
'We learned a lot from our 30 days with the first boat and the second boat seems to be tracking in the right direction.'
Barker said: 'We are mindful of the good sailing going on in San Francisco. Oracle’s back in the water and looking formidable so we have a lot of work ahead to make sure we are competitive right through the Louis Vuitton challenger series.'
Little more than a week’s sailing in Auckland remains before the team packs up the base and heads for San Francisco. With a long list of items on the 'to-do' list, the pressure is on.
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