Extreme 40's: Stutter-start for Emirates Team NZ in Turkey

Emirates New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker with teammates Glenn Ashby,James Dagg and Richard Meacham - Extreme 40 series, Istanbul - Day 1

Tricky was the word of the day as the Istanbul, Turkey round of the Extreme Sailing Series got underway.

Seven races were held, six teams had wins and at day’s end only 11 points separated the top eight teams.

Dean Barker sums up the day: 'The breeze was puffy, shifty and there were massive holes all over the place. In the lulls, the breeze was 3-4 knots and the puffs reached 15 knots.

'We were racing on a tight course laid on narrow stretch of water and the breeze was coming off buildings and the hills.'

Emirates Team New Zealand finished the day fifth on the leaderboard.

Barker: ‘It was not quite yachting as we know it... but every one of the 11 teams competing has the same difficulties to overcome. It was a day of opportunities. opportunities to gain or lose positions in seconds.'

Teams can expect similar conditions tomorrow. Depending on conditions up to 30 races could be held before the regatta ends on Sunday.