It was smoother sailing in Naples on the second day of racing. Winds were blowing at 8 to 12 knots and the water was flat. Team NZ are in the lead , but although Captain Dean Barker considered his boys were 'slick in all the maneuvres' and the 'boat speed felt good', Team Coach Rod Davis says the crew has more work to do to get more speed out of their AC45 catamaran.
"We still are not 100 percent satisfied with our upwind speed, so there is a big push to improve on that front. We know where we want to go, so now we need to make it happen," Davis said. "All and all, a good solid day; not perfect but solid."
Note: The new AC72 is bigger & faster than the AC 45, so when the Cup racing starts it should be an impressive show.