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Monday, September 30, 2013

NZ3, Victory '83 and American Eagle Win 12 Metre North American Championship

In complete contrast to last week's 34th America's Cup in San Francisco, six 12 Metre America's Cup challengers took to the waters off Newport Rhode Island over the last three days to engage in a gentlemanly match racing regatta.
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Gunther Buerman's New Zealand NZ-3 blitzed NZ-5, renamed Laura, in every race in the Grand Prix Division. Buerman has lovingly restored the boat to her orginal condition right down to the exact design of the Canterbury rugby shirts the crew wore in 1987. The boat is the prototype development boat of Michael Fay's Kiwi campaign where his NZ-7 was defeated by Stars and Stripes in the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series off Fremantle,Western Australia in 1987.
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"It's very interesting on the first day because we didn't know if we were going to race offshore or inside in the sound and we had an unusual wind from the north which was very shifty and very taxing for the tacticians, but it was a wonderful day. Things went back and forth and there was some great competition over the three races. People that own these boats are all excellent sailors and die hard tacticians who know how to get their boats around the race course very well," Buerman said.
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The second day saw extremely light conditions offshore that gave the race committee a few extra headaches and only allowed one race to be held before the 4:00pm cut off time and racing was cancelled for the rest of the day. This didn't seem to upset the competitors too much as it allowed them extra tine to prepare for the evening's black tie gala event hosted by Sail Newport.
Photo: Rod Harris/www.rodharrisphoto.com
Sunny skies were on the menu for the final day with 5-10 knots just suitable to blow the dust off some of the crews that partied into the wee hours. New Zealand NZ-3 bowman Joey Waits stayed in his tuxedo for the three races sailed on the same offshore course that Australia II won the America's Cup from Liberty in 1983.

New Zealand NZ-3 won every race and proved they are the dominant Grand Prix 12 Metre team in North America after a season where they won every race and every regatta. Winning the North American Championships was the cherry on the cake.

In the classic division American Eagle clinched the victory while Victory 83 had a smashing regatta and claimed the kudos over the other Moderns Intrepid and Courageous.

Lulu Roseman

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Oracle Rewrite The History Books

Oracle Team USA won the 34th America’s Cup in a winner-take-all 19th race, defeating challenger Emirates Team New Zealand by 44 seconds in today’s clincher. Led by 35-year-old skipper Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA won by the score of 9-8.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
This is the second America’s Cup win for Oracle Team USA and Spithill, which won the 162-year-old trophy in Valencia, Spain, in February 2010. Then 30 years of age, Spithill became the youngest to ever skipper a Cup winning team.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
In the past week Oracle Team USA has steadily improved its boatspeed to the point where it could hydrofoil upwind at 30-32 knots, incredible performance never seen before in the America’s Cup.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“It was a fantastic race. We wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Spithill, the two-time Cup winner. “We came from behind, the guys showed so much heart. On your own you’re nothing, but a team like this can make you look great… We were facing the barrel of a gun at 8-1 and the guys didn’t even flinch.
Photo: © ACEA/ Photo Abner Kingman
“Thanks to San Francisco, this is one hell of a day,” Spithill said.
Photo: © ACEA/ Photo Abner Kingman
Oracle Team USA’s victory marks one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of sport. The team won 11 races to score the 9 points required for victory due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury. Just last Wednesday, Sept. 18, Oracle Team USA trailed the series 8-1. With the challenger on match point, the defender closed out the series with eight consecutive victories.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
This was the third time in the history of the America’s Cup with a winner-take-all final race. Previously, the defender won in 1920 and the challenger won in 1983. Both times the winner rallied from a multi-race deficit, but never anything amounting to eight straight wins.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“This was a wonderful match of teams,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray, who’s been involved with the America’s Cup since 1983. “In the case of a boat coming from behind, 3-1 down as was the case with Australia II in 83, the shoe is on a different foot this time around. Then it was the challenger behind and this time it was the defender. But in the end we had great competition between two great teams, evenly matched, battling it out to the end.”
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
One million fans visited the official America’s Cup venues at Piers 27/29 and Marina Green since they opened on July 4, and hundreds of thousands more lined the shores of San Francisco Bay to catch a glimpse of the flying, foiling AC72.

34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)

Oracle Team USA – 9 (11 wins; Oracle Team USA was penalized its first two victories by the International Jury)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8

Race 19 Performance Data
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.07 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 23:24, ETNZ – 24:08
  • Delta: OTUSA +:44
  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.9 NM, ETNZ – 12.2 NM
  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 30.55 knots (35 mph), ETNZ – 30.55 knots (35 mph)
  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 44.33 knots (51 mph), ETNZ – 45.72 knots (53 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 18.2 knots, Peak – 21.3 knots
  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 9/7, ETNZ – 9/7
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

America's Cup Goes Down To The Wire in Final Showdown Race

In one of the most spectacular comebacks in America's Cup and sporting history, Oracle Team USA have levelled the score to 8-8 against Emirates Team New Zealand after being 1-8 down just over a week ago.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
Oracle Team USA have won the last seven races in a row as the final match is due to commence at 1:15pm Pacific Time today in San Francisco Bay.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
The weather forecast is the only element that could delay the race with a strong 20-23 knot breeze forecast that is expected to build during the afternoon.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
Regatta Director Iain Murray said  at the morning weather briefing in front of the media that the south west breeze is nice and steady and under sunny skies racing is expected to get away on time.

The wind limit has been extended to 24.4 knots for today's showdown race and from the 1315 start time the wind limit will come down 0.1 knot every 10 seconds because  the breeze is likely to increase.

Hang onto your hair extensions, this ride is set to be a wild one.

Lulu Roseman

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oracle Team USA Evens The Score At 8-8

ORACLE TEAM USA has forced a winner-take-all final race for the 34th America’s Cup after posting a come-from-behind win in Race 18.
Kiwi skipper Dean Barker started the race to leeward of rival Jimmy Spithill and held the lead around the first turning mark. The Kiwis kept the lead by 7 seconds at the leeward gate but ORACLE TEAM USA has speed to burn on the upwind legs and simply sailed past the Kiwis. ORACLE TEAM USA led by 57 seconds at the windward gate beginning the penultimate leg and finished with a 54-second advantage.
Tomorrow’s Race 19 is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. PT and the winner will win the 34th America’s Cup.
34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
ORACLE TEAM USA – 8
  • Race 18 Performance Data
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.11 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 22:01, ETNZ – 22:55
  • Delta: OTUSA +:54
  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.7 NM, ETNZ – 11.9 NM
  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 31.92 knots (37 mph), ETNZ – 31.23 knots (36 mph)
  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 45.79 knots (53 mph), ETNZ – 47.57 knots (55 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 19.3 knots, Peak – 21.8 knots
  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 7/7, ETNZ – 10/6
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Oracle Team USA Win Race 17 - America's Cup

ORACLE TEAM USA scored its sixth consecutive win in Race 17 of the 34th America’s Cup and lies within one point of Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis have needed just one win to capture the America’s Cup after moving opening a lead of 8-1 last Wednesday, and now lead the series 8-7.
The Kiwis were put on the back foot early in Race 17 when ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill got a late leeward hook in the prestart, which forced Emirates Team New Zealand’s Dean Barker to stay clear. But the boats collided twice, with ORACLE TEAM USA’s starboard hull hitting Emirates Team New Zealand’s port hull, and the Kiwis were penalized twice for failing to keep clear.
Race 18 of the series is scheduled to start this afternoon at 2:15 p.m. PT.
34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
ORACLE TEAM USA – 7
Race 17 Performance Data 
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.11 nautical miles 
  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 24:04, ETNZ – 24:31 
  • Delta: OTUSA +:27 
  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.6 NM 
  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 29.62 knots (34 mph), ETNZ – 28.63 knots (33 mph) 
  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 44.02 knots (51 mph), ETNZ – 46.33 knots (53 mph) 
  • Windspeed: Average – 16.8 knots, Peak – 20.0 knots 
  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 8/6, ETNZ – 7/5
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Oracle Team USA Closing The Gap

ORACLE TEAM USA won its fifth race in a row and eighth overall on Monday in San Francisco at the 34th America’s Cup. The day was limited to one race due to light winds, and ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand now return to the race course on Tuesday.

“We know we can win this Cup if we go out and win the next few races,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “We control our own destiny. The boys are incredibly fired up – I’ve never seen them like this before.

“We feel like we’ve made great progress with the performance of the boat, and I think that was evident today in the lighter air. As per usual, we’re going to go back tonight, work hard and come back swinging,” Spithill continued.

In Race 16 of the series – the lone race of the day – the start was delayed to allow the breeze to fill in. When racing got underway, the two boats were off the line clean and ORACLE TEAM USA on starboard got the early jump to lead around Mark 1. As Spithill and crew stayed in front, the teams split the course around the second mark. Sailing a consistent race, they held on to win the race and finish 33 seconds ahead of New Zealand.

The teams are currently tied with eight wins apiece, while Emirates Team New Zealand maintains an 8-6 overall lead in points. The winner of the 34th America’s Cup is the first team to win nine points.

“We’re working hard and just keep fighting, and I think everyone is having the race of his life,” said grinder Simeon Tienpont. “We’re coming together really good and we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.”

Race 17 is scheduled for a 1:15 pm start on Tuesday. In the U.S., the America’s Cup Finals will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Replays will be available on the America’s Cup YouTube channel.

RACE 16 DATA
Course: 5 Legs/10.21 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 30:43, ETNZ – 31:16
Delta: OTUSA +:33
Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.7 NM
Average Speed: OTUSA – 23.21 knots (27 mph), ETNZ – 22.46 knots (26 mph)
Top Speed: OTUSA – 38.05 knots (44 mph), ETNZ – 36.61 knots (42 mph)
Windspeed: Average – 12.0 knots, Peak – 14.1 knots
Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/10, ETNZ – 10/10

STANDINGS
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
ORACLE TEAM USA – 6

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Replay: AMERICA'S CUP FINAL - RACES 14&15

Sunday, September 22, 2013

America's Cup - Keeps On Keeping On - Race Day 12

Yesterday’s postponement of Race 14 was unfortunate but necessary in the grand scheme of the 34th America’s Cup. With Emirates Team New Zealand on match point and ORACLE TEAM USA needing six wins, a skewed race does no one any favors. For reference, see Race 13 on Friday when a 50-degree wind shift skewed the racing in favor of the leader.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Today, however, the front has passed and sunny skies with brisk winds are expected.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“Sunday it should clear up,” Principal Race Officer John Craig said yesterday. “The front is moving through and we should be able to get two races in on Sunday from 230-240 wind direction and 14-16 knots. We want to make sure it’s a quality race that’s fair for everyone.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Today marks the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Fall begins at 1344 PT, nearly 30 minutes after the scheduled start of Race 14. It’s also the 16th day of the 34th America’s Cup, tying it with the 2003 America’s Cup in New Zealand as the longest match in history.

Race 14 is rescheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT and Race 15 at 2:15 pm PT.

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America's Cup Locked On Match Point

The joke going around the 34th America’s Cup this morning likened the media center to Hotel California, you can check in but you can never leave. While scribes, photogs and TV folk from around the world scramble daily to change their departure plans, today’s postponement of Race 14 offers a chance to take stock of where the match stands.
Photo: Mark O'Brien
On the scoreboard its simple: Emirates Team New Zealand needs one win, one bloody win to capture the America’s Cup. Oracle Team USA needs six wins to retain the trophy it won in 2010. Back on Sept. 9, the first scheduled off day of the 34th America’s Cup, we suggested that the longer the series dragged out the better it was for the defender, and that’s proving true.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill admitted that Emirates Team New Zealand had a speed advantage at the beginning of the match, particularly upwind, but the defender seems to have overcome that advantage. How? There are two converging scenarios.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
First, the defender went to school on the Kiwis, who were far ahead in crew maneuvers and outright speed when the match started. The discrepancy between the teams makes one wonder what the defender was doing for four months in its two-boat testing, but that point is moot now. The challenger and defender are dead even in boatspeed, with the edge going to the lead boat, the lead dog. It’s always good to be the lead dog because you can chose your points on the racecourse to cover or sail for a wind shift.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
The defender has also smoothed out its crew maneuvers and tactics, and that can be attributed to bringing Ben Ainslie aboard and also going to school on the challenger’s boathandling and tactics. Oracle Team USA bottomed out at 16.8 knots in a tack in Race 12. Conversely, the Kiwis bottomed out at 13.6 knots in a tack. That’s a significant difference in a maneuver, aided by the handling of the daggerfoils.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
Oracle Team USA’s jump in boatspeed can’t all be attributed to watching tape of its rival. The AC72 relies on the wing sail to harness the wind and the hydrofoils to propel it through the water. As Artemis Racing design team member Adam May noted last month, “If you want to change the mode of the boat in any way, the foils are the big-ticket item.”
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
Oracle Team USA looks to have a real speed advantage when foiling upwind, as evidenced by the 32 knots boatspeed in 16 knots of wind in Thursday’s Race 12 win. Dockside scuttlebutt suggests the team has changed the angle of attack of the foils and also changed the technique of the wing trim.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Dockside scuttlebutt also suggests that the Kiwis have sapped every bit of speed possible from their AC72, but that hasn’t stopped them from looking for more. This week alone the Kiwis have alternately chopped down the fairings on the front crossbeam, added them back the next day and then chopped them down again yesterday.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“At the end of the day there’s a set of forces acting on the boat,” said Kiwi designer Nick Holroyd. “Any time you generate lift there’s a certain amount of drag that comes with it. We’re just looking at those equations and how to generate those forces most efficiently.”
Photo: © ACEA/ Photo Abner Kingman
A look at the match stats reveals some interesting numbers. Emirates Team New Zealand has posted the fastest outright speed, 47.02 knots in Race 8, and Oracle Team USA has posted the fastest elapsed time, 21 minutes and 53 seconds, in Race 9 on a 10.02-nautical-mile course. (Note: The course length has varied slightly from race to race, ranging from 9.71 to 10.27 nautical miles.)
Photos: © ACEA/ Photo Abner Kingman
Races 4, 10 and 11 rank in the top 10 of closest finishes in America’s Cup Match history, and tomorrow the match will tie the 2003 America’s Cup for longest in history at 16 days.
Photos: © ACEA/ Photo Abner Kingman
As time marches on, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is putting forth a calm front. He and tactician Ray Davies kept reminding everyone at Friday’s press conference that the odds are in their favor to win the America’s Cup; needing just one win to the defender’s six. But if the match extends much longer, the folks at Emirates Team New Zealand might feel like they’ve checked into Hotel California.

Sean McNeill

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Oracle Team USA Win Race 13 in America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand came within one nautical mile of winning the 34th America’s Cup today, but then fell afoul of the 40-minute time limit. When Race 13 was re-sailed, the Kiwis were thwarted by a penalty and good speed from defender Oracle Team USA.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
Oracle Team USA won the second attempt at Race 13 by 1 minute, 24 seconds after staring down the barrel of defeat. The defender was trailing by an estimated eight-tenths of a nautical mile in the first attempt, which was abandoned when the 40-minute time limit expired and with the Kiwis eying the finish line.

Oracle Team USA’s fifth win kept the match alive at least one more day. Emirates Team New Zealand leads 8-3 and needs just one more victory to win the America’s Cup for the third time (1995, 2000). Oracle Team USA, on the other hand, needs to win six consecutive races to retain the trophy it won in 2010, after being penalised two points by the International Jury.

“It was disappointing to be that close yet so far away,” said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. “Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. The guys are very positive. We know we can win, we just have to put it together on the day.”

“What can you do? Sometimes a couple of things go your way,” said Spithill of the first race that expired with the time limit. “We’re in a position where we have to take those things, but what a fantastic second race by the guys, really standing strong.”
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
In the re-sail of Race 13, Barker fended off an aggressive move by Spithill in the prestart. Spithill went for a late push with about 25 seconds to the start, but Barker positioned himself to force Spithill to head up and into Emirates Team New Zealand’s bad air, and the Kiwis led by 3 seconds at the first turning mark.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
On the ensuing run, Oracle Team USA rode a puff into a compromising position for Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis were on port while the defender was on starboard. Spithill pulled his helm over hard to avoid a collision and the umpires penalized Emirates Team New Zealand.

“The better move would’ve been to jibe before them and protect the long starboard,” said Kiwi tactician Ray Davies. “In a click more breeze you’re able to jibe in front of them and keep forward, but in that lighter air, by the time you hook up, you’re in their gas.”

The Kiwis further complicated their race at the leeward gate. They were close behind Oracle Team USA but the defender got to the three-boatlength zone and earned rights to round the right-hand gate. That forced Emirates Team New Zealand to round the left-hand mark at approximately 5 knots boatspeed while Oracle Team USA was steaming upwind at approximately 20 knots.

“There was a big right-hand shift coming into that gate,” said Oracle Team USA’s Ben Ainslie. “We waited until the last second to make our decision. We were waiting to see their move before making our choice. It was a last-second thing which went well.”

After another near miss – for both teams – Emirates Team New Zealand remains on the precipice of winning the America’s Cup, while Oracle Team USA has no margin for error. Although the defender dodged a bullet today, the odds are still in favor of the challenger, which needs one win to the defender’s six. Both teams are confident of their chances and hoping for a little luck.

“Luck is something you never walk away from,” said Barker. “It’s a case of executing a race. We entered today with a much better attitude than yesterday. Maybe we didn’t sail as well as we could’ve in that race, but we have a lot of confidence that we can go out and race to win.”

“We believe we can win. It’s as simple as that,” said Spithill. “With these boats on that racecourse, you can dodge all sorts of bullets out there. At the start of regatta it felt like everything was going against us. Now it feels like it’s starting to turn.”

Races 14 and 15 are slated for tomorrow, scheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT and 2:15 pm PT.

34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
Oracle Team USA – 3

Race 13 Performance Data
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.08 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 27:20, ETNZ – 28:44
  • Delta: OTUSA +1:24
  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 10.9 NM, ETNZ – 10.8 NM
  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 24.16 knots (28 mph), ETNZ – 22.63 knots (26 mph)
  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 33.90 knots (39 mph), ETNZ – 33.74 knots (39 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 9.8 knots, Peak – 13.2 knots
  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 5/7, ETNZ – 6/8
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America's Cup Race 13: The Cross

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Battle Continues at America's Cup With a Win to Oracle Team USA

Oracle Team USA kept alive it's hope of retaining the America’s Cup with a wire-to-wire win in Race 12.
Photo: © ACEA/ Photo Abner Kingman
Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew defeated challenger Emirates Team New Zealand by 31 seconds, aided by a six second jump off the start line. Spithill did a great job in the prestart, gaining a leeward hook with 20 seconds to the start that forced Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker to tack away to avoid the risk of a foul.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
On the racecourse, the defender showed blazing boatspeed – foiling upwind at 30-32 knots and posting an average speed for the race just under 30 knots – and maintained a steady advantage to force the match into its 10th day tomorrow. Attempts to start Race 13, today’s scheduled second race, were abandoned when the wind exceeded the prescribed limit for the race with less than 90 seconds to the start.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series 8-2 and needs just one more point to win the series. The defender needs to win out – seven consecutive races – to retain the trophy it won in 2010.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“We were able to get a nice jump off the start line. From there Ben (Ainslie, tactician) and Tom (Slingsby, strategist) sailed a nice race, they had tough decisions to make,” said Spithill. “The way we sailed the boat was the best we’ve sailed it. We made zero mistakes and it was a very satisfying race for the guys on the boat.”
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
Spithill said his team is reenergized by the recent performance of their AC72 and its given them the confidence that they can reel off seven consecutive wins. He said he’s also enjoying watching the Kiwis “squirm” as they hang on match point for another day, but Barker says his team hasn’t lost its confidence or direction.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
“We’re very aware of the support back in New Zealand and very thankful for it,” said Barker. “Today we made a meal of the start and got on the back foot. These guys (Oracle Team USA) are sailing well enough that you don’t have a chance to get past them. We have to do better than what we did today. We’re very pleased with the way the boat is going, and if we sail properly we’ll give it our best run.”
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
While the pendulum hangs in mid-balance, waiting to swing one way or the other, the performance of the AC72 continues to impress even the most hardened layman. Sailing upwind at speeds of 30 knots with closing speeds in excess of 70 knots has never been witnessed in the America’s Cup.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
“As the boats have gotten faster and faster they’re reaching speeds in much less wind than we were six, eight, 12 months ago,” said Emirates Team New Zealand wing trimmer Glenn Ashby. “The boats have become more powerful in a sense because they accelerate faster, stop faster, and turn faster than 12 months ago. You have to speed up the learning process as the boat’s going faster as well. But you just don’t need the wind strength anymore to get those top end speeds.”
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Ricardo Pinto
Races 13 and 14 are slated for tomorrow, scheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT and 2:15 pm PT.

34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
Oracle Team USA – 2

Race 12 Performance Data
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 23:49, ETNZ – 24:20
  • Delta: OTUSA +:31
  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.6 NM
  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 29.90 knots (34 mph), ETNZ – 29.01 knots (33 mph)
  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 42.62 knots (49 mph), ETNZ – 41.24 knots (47 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 14.8 knots, Peak – 16.3 knots
  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/6, ETNZ – 10/8
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