Saturday, August 6, 2011

Kiwis Rock the AC45 Boat in Cascais

Emirates Team New Zealand were the standout boat today after the first day of racing in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal.
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA
After three fleet races in light winds, the Kiwis - who racked up a third and a pair of seconds - are leading overall with 26 points followed by Artemis on 25 and Oracle Racing Coutts on 21.

“Racing is very different in light winds but it’s really good that these boats can sail in this weather,” said ETNZ Skipper Dean Barker. “We are happier with more wind, but with the lighter winds, all the teams are level. The lack of wind becomes an equalizer. Today all the teams have had their opportunity, so it becomes more competitive.”
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA
Australia's James Spithill Skipper of ORACLE Racing Spithill finished the day six points further down the scoreboard, in fourth place. He claimed two race victories but copped a disqualification in the first race, for crossing outside the course boundaries and not taking the appropriate penalty.

“We had a problem, our screen (signaling the penalty) blanked out,” Spithill said. 
“Apparently we were over the course boundary before the start. And we got a penalty with two minutes to go. But our screen came back on during the first run and it was too late for us to do anything but that's alright. We just had a couple of problems, sorting out the bugs in the system. But I thought it was a great day.”
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA
Today was the first time all nine of these wing-sailed AC45 catamarans have competed and it made for some very interesting action on the start line.
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA
The AC World Series – Cascais continues on Sunday with one longer fleet race as well as the AC500 Speed Trial, a timed test for the crews over a 500-metre race track.

Lulu Roseman

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