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Team NZ confident ahead of final regatta

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/11/2016

Olympic gold medallist Peter Burling is confident Team New Zealand can deliver in the final event of the America's Cup World Series in Japan this weekend.

Just 17 points separate the top three teams going into the regatta off the northern shore of Kyushu island in Japan.

The regatta is the final chance for the six contenders to put points on the board ahead of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup qualifiers in Bermuda next year.

British team Land Rover BAR lead with 437 points ahead of Oracle Team USA on 423, with Team New Zealand third on 420. Team Japan sit fourth on 399, eight points ahead of Artemis.

With the forecast pointing to more light air racing, helmsman Burling says the team will be concentrating on doing the little things right.

"You cannot overthink the big picture situation, in terms of the overall win. If you concentrate on doing all of the small things right on the race course then the overall result should technically look after itself," he said.

"We will just sail every race like it's the only race."

Skipper Glenn Ashby said the goal was for Team New Zealand to stay clear of their opposition and stay fast.

"With three double points races scheduled, there are still plenty of points on offer.

"The good thing for us is we have great sailors onboard who can perform well under pressure, so bring it on - we can't wait."

Practice racing begins in Fukuoka on Friday, followed by standard points racing on Saturday and double points racing on Sunday.

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