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America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ fights back for lead    
Mon, 21 Nov 2011


Emirates Team New Zealand retains its overall lead in the America’s Cup World Series at the end of the San Diego regatta.

After three events, combined match and fleet racing points put the team one point ahead of Oracle 4.

The breeze was up for the final day, a southerly of 15-18 knots replaced the light breeze of previous race days. It was very shifty.

With a winner-takes-all fleet race to end the regatta, Dean Barker, James Dagg, Ray Davies, Glenn Ashby and Winston Macfarlane were looking to do well after finishing third in the match racing championship.

They got a great start and led the fleet around the first and second marks. Dean Barker: 'We had a difficult first beat and didn’t get it right, losing several places.

'Fortunately we were able to get back into the race, coming from behind to finish second.'


Results – San Diego Fleet Racing Championship

1. Oracle Racing Spithill
2. Emirates Team New Zealand
3. Energy Team
4. Aleph
5. Team Korea
6. Artemis Racing
7. China Team
8. Green Comm Racing
9. Oracle Racing Coutts

Results – AC500 Speed Trial
Oracle Racing - Coutts - 26.87 knots
Oracle Racing - Spithill - 26.79 knots
Emirates Team New Zealand - 26.56 knots
Artemis Racing - 25.98 knots
Energy Team - 25.96 knots
China Team - 25.67 knots
Aleph - 25.19 knots
Green Comm Racing - 24.74 knots
Team Korea - 24.30 knots

ACWS Fleet Racing Championship

OVERALL STANDINGS

Place

Team

Cascais

Plymouth

San Diego

TOTAL POINTS

Place

Pts

Place

Pts

Place

Pts

1T

ORACLE Racing Spithill

3

8

1

10

1

10

28

1T

Emirates Team New Zealand

1

10

2

9

2

9

28

3

Aleph

6

5

4

7

4

7

19

4

ORACLE Racing Coutts

4

7

3

8

9

3

18

5

Artemis Racing

2

9

DNF

3

6

5

17

6T

Energy Team

8

3

6

5

3

8



Coach Rod Davis blogs on the last day’s racing

It was windy on the final day at San Diego. Well 17-18 knots and that is windy for San Diego. We had two speed trials before the one winner- take-all fleet race.

In the first speed run, we opted for the code zero, but it was just a little tight and windy, so only posted the fourth fastest time. On the second run, we changed to the jib and had the then fastest run of the day. It comes down to having nice pull for the 40 seconds that it takes to run the course. Translation: luck. We ended up third.

For the big race, deciding whether to use the code zero or the gennaker. The gennaker is bigger and while not faster thought the water, it allows the boat to sail lower at the same speed. So faster to a mark that is down wind.

The downside about the gennaker is that it takes a long time to pull in on a set or gybing. The code zero sheets in quickly and the boat takes off.. Big gains to be made with the zero in the manoeuvres even if it gives away some VMG. The wind was right on the cross-over. We opted to match our competition and ran with the zero..


The start was great. We led at the first two marks and then things started to go bad.We lost five boats up the next beat and rounded the top mark in sixth maybe seventh. This morning the objective was to be in the top three. Funny though, that idea leaves your head as soon as you’re leading. Like a switch is thrown nothing but a win is good enough.

The boys battled back to finish second, a good effort. Done by passing boats at a rate of one or two a leg. I can’t help thinking all the what ifs of the third leg.

Pack up fever is in full swing now. Boats and wings being taken apart and everything going in five 40 foot containers. I had better help Daggy with the sails.

COACH

www.etnzblog.com

by Warren Douglas






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