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Team NZ set for Hudson River test

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

Ray Davies of Team New Zealand in 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Ray Davies of Team New Zealand in 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. Team New Zealand will again target small margins as they attempt to build on their lead in the America's Cup World Series against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

The series is the first stage of competition for the 2017 America's Cup in Bermuda and Team NZ sit top of the table after four regattas.

They are six points above Team USA ahead of two days of racing in New York this weekend and skipper Glenn Ashby expects another full-on contest among the six AC45 catamarans in the fleet.

"If there is one thing these events illustrate vividly, it is just how small the margins are between having a good or bad regatta," he said.

"You have to be on your game for every race, especially the final day. For sure our objective is to win and extend our lead overall. Simple as that."

Tactician Ray Davies said a swirling breeze and the Hudson River's strong current made for a difficult racecourse.

"It will require the teams to be really tuned in until the end of each race," he said.

"Having the races close to shore will create some spectacular images. Hopefully we get some strong wind to really show what these boats can do."

ACWS standings: Team NZ 192, Team USA 186, BAR 185, Team Japan and Artemis 161, Team France 150.

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