by Irene Corosu
In the 34th America's Cup, 3-nautical-mile beats are the proving ground and Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand is doing a better job than defender Oracle Team USA.
12/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - ORACLE Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand, Race Day 4
For the second consecutive race, Kiwi skipper Dean Barker and crew turned a deficit at the leeward gate, 12 seconds, into a lead at the windward gate, 44 seconds. Emirates Team New Zealand went on to win Race 6 by 47 seconds.
Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series 5-0. The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to win nine points. For the Kiwis that means four additional race wins and for Oracle Team USA it means 10, due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.
34th America’s Cup Standings (first to nine points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 5
Oracle Team USA – 0
Race 6 Performance Data
Course: 5 Legs/10.14 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 31:39, OTUSA – 32:26
Delta: ETNZ +:47
Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 12.3 NM, OTUSA – 12.3 NM
Average Speed: ETNZ – 23.43 knots (27 mph), OTUSA – 22.91 knots (26 mph)
Top Speed: ETNZ – 38.55 knots (44 mph), OTUSA – 40.21 knots (46 mph)
Windspeed: Average – 11.6 knots, Peak – 13.4 knots