The fledgling China Team are looking forward to a brighter future after notching a single win after six days of sailing in the Louis Vuitton series of 2005 off Sicily. The newest challenger for the 32nd America's Cup finished in last place but were happy with their performance as Swiss defender Alinghi emerged victorious. Team New Zealand were second and Italians, Team Luna Rossa, finished third. Facing 12 teams from 10 countries in the match racing series, the China Team earned one win out of 10 races by beating the Italian challenge +39. 'We did fight hard on every race and it's great to have one win,' said executive director of the China Team, Xavier de Lesquen. 'We created the team last March and we are the last challenger to start a campaign. The result is that the China Team is now a part of the game and that's a great achievement. The next step is to accelerate. The job list is huge for next season, but hopefully we will have enough time and money to develop and maintain the energy and the skills that this team already has.' The China Team, in their first season of America's Cup racing, plan to train in Shenzhen next month and hope to recruit more Chinese sailors from the national Olympic sailing team. Olympic sailor Zhao 'Fly' Fei has been with the China Team since the first Louis Vuitton regatta in June. He has moved from mainsail trimmer at the first regatta in Valencia to strategist in Trapani. 'Before this involvement in the Cup, there were no Chinese sailors in this event and the important thing is that we can encourage more Chinese sailors to participate,' said Zhao. 'The first time I saw an America's Cup boat. I witnessed someone being hoisted to the top of the mast. I said then that is what I would like to do. Now, I am actually climbing the mast to look for the best breeze and I give that information back to the skipper. I really like the view from the top.' The one win for the Chinese came on the second day of the regatta after the team took full advantage of an error on the part of the Italian +39 Challenge. The Italians had a man overboard and were stalled at the first downwind mark. The China Team powered past the Italians on the upwind leg to win the race. The following day, they led Team Germany but fell behind in a tacking duel and could not recover. Battling difficult weather conditions and some gear failure, the Chinese team were tied for last place on the final day of racing but two heart-wrenching losses to Italian and South African teams put them firmly at the bottom. 'In strong conditions we are sailing on the edge of what our material and equipment can do as it is now very tired,' said Phillipe Mourniac, the China Team tactician. 'However, we are happy to be here and this event in Trapani has been one of the best of the America's Cup. 'We hope that next year will be better.'