Peter Burling on the move during the second day of the Cell GGP Regatta in Saint Tropez, France.
New Zealand blew the chance to finish the first cell GP podium in France with a disappointing final race.
The start of the day is second in St. Tropez.Peter Burling and his crew tried to qualify for the three-boat title race when they made their second claim in the fourth flat race on Monday (NZT).
But last place in the fifth and final fleet race cost them dearly, as they lost one point to the final.
Nathan Outridge’s Japan team eventually won the St. Tropez title with Jimmy Spittle (US), Kiwi Phil Robertson of Spain.
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New Zealand’s fourth position in France saw them drop one place in the season points table to sixth.
It is still a volatile points table that changes with each event. The previous leader, Australia, faced technical difficulties to finish last in France and came in third overall.
New Zealand are just five points behind third, but the Kiwi franchise is running out of opportunities this first season.
Cell GG now left for Spain Cadiz-Andalusia (October 9-10) to complete its European stage before taking a break before the Sydney Cell Grand Prix on December 17-18.
France Cell Grand Prix, Saint Tropez.
1 Japan, 2 USA, 3 Spain, 4 New Zealand, 5 Denmark, 6 UK, 7 France, 8 Australia.
Cell GP Season Championship Leaderboard (after 5 events):
1 Japan 37 points, 2 USA 35, 3 Australia 35, 4 UK 34, 5 Spain 31, 6 New Zealand 30, 7 Denmark 28, 8 France 27.