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Ainslie has to settle for third at Naples

Ben Ainslie and team J.P.Morgan BAR could only manage a fifth place in Super Sunday’s bumper points fleet race at the finale of the 2012-13 World Series in Naples. Not enough to podium at the event, but it was enough to place them third overall in the 2012-13 three event series. Oracle Team USA led by Tom Slingsby took the overall 2012-13 World Series and Luna Rossa Swordfish led by the Francesco Bruni, won the Naples event in front of the local crowds.

Ainslie reflected on the final race today, “To win the event we really needed to win the race today, unfortunately it didn’t happen for us. We struggled in the middle of the fleet. The conditions were difficult today but it was the same for everyone and we just weren’t able to quite get it right which is a shame and it’s frustrating for the team."

"But that’s sports, that’s life and you have to learn what you can from it and move forwards. I think we had more potential than where we finished, so we know we have to work harder next time round to get ourselves to the top of the fleet at the next event.”

Sunday’s fleet race was do or die, the overall event title was up for grabs with the top five teams all in contention to walk away with the trophy. The start once again proved to be a deal breaker.

The tricky conditions saw the lead change hands throughout the seven lap course. Oracle Team USA, Team Energy, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Swordfish all threatened to take line honours, but it was Francesco Bruni onboard Luna Rossa Swordfish that finally secured a win, taking the lead on the final downwind leg, in front of adoring home crowds that lined the shoreline in Naples.

For the crew onboard J.P.Morgan BAR it’s the end of competition for this year, as the sailors prepare to shift attention back to the America’s Cup finals in San Francisco this summer.

Overall results for the America’s Cup World Series (after three events)
1st. ORACLE TEAM USA SLINGSBY – 245pts
2nd. LUNA ROSSA PIRANHA – 191pts
3rd. J.P. MORGAN BAR – 181pts
4th. EMIRATES TEAM NZ – 171pts
5th. ENERGY TEAM – 160pts
6th. ARTEMIS RACING WHITE – 160pts
7th. LUNA ROSSA SWORDFISH -151pts
8th. TEAM KOREA – 105pts
9th. ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS – 98pts
10th. ARTEMIS RACING RED – 90pts
11th. CHINA TEAM – 73pts
12th. HS RACING -36pts

America's Cup World Series, in Naples. Final fleet rankings
1 LUNA ROSSA SWORDFISH 80pts
2 ORACLE TEAM USA SLINGSBY 80pts
3 EMIRATES TEAM NZ 71pts
4 LUNA ROSSA PIRANHA 70pts
5 J.P. MORGAN BAR 65pts
6 ENERGY TEAM 58pts
7 ARTEMIS 40pts
8 HS RACING 36pts
9 CHINA TEAM 30pts

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21 April 2013 20:36 GMT


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