The America's Cup winning helmsman slipped from 5th to 15th in the standings after today's two difficult races.
It was reported Grant Dalton requested equipment from the French to fix the boat, but were refused.
Met by a flotilla of 40 yachts, the vessel Sir Peter Blake was shot dead on in 2001 returned to Auckland today for the first time.
What a special moment for three of the men who helped mastermind the victory in Bermuda.
Amid the celebrations, Phil Goff spared a thought for the late, great Sir Peter Blake.
1 NEWS sports reporter Abby Wilson was watching Team New Zealand win the 35th America's Cup with friends and family of the crew in Bermuda.
The pair were surrounded by hundreds of fans at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron.