Emirates Team New Zealand post a third and first to lead the Portugal Trophy after five races

“Challenging and, at times, humbling.” That was the assessment of Emirates Team New Zealand’s navigator Kevin Hall after the Kiwi team posted a third and a first today to lead the Portugal Trophy after five races.

Big gusts, especially on the downwind legs, were not only a big payout for those who struck it rich from the weather mark, but offered the viewing spectators great action as the TP52’s surfed at speed.

Emirates Team New Zealand promoted themselves from fifth after the first day to lead in to the coastal race, albeit on count back, from Artemis (SWE).

The Swedish 2007 champions remained consistent today with a second and a fourth, in no small way thanks to one long surf down the final run of the first race which allowed them to pass Emirates Team New Zealand to finish just behind Portugal’s victors Bigamist.

Summary of Racing on Day 2

TP52 Series, Portugal Trophy Day 2

1. Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL, 15 points

2. Artemis, SWE, 15

3. Quantum Racing, USA, 17

4. Bigamist, POR, 20 

5. Bribon, ESP, 25

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