Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

America's Cup - Game on in San Francisco

by . on 10 Sep 2013
America’s Cup - Day 1, Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team NZ - Emiartes Team NZ drives over Oracle Team USA at the start of Race 1. © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
Welcome to Sail-World.com's latest America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand is currently leading the 34th America’s Cup by three races to one, in terms of real points. That is a significant number in America’s Cup history, being the point at which Australia 2 began her clawback in 1983

There, Australia II started a race by race win strategy, which seems to the attitude with Oracle Team USA to get back into the regatta.

Certainly Emirates Team NZ has been the dominant boat in the regatta having come from behind in two of the four races sailed. Obviously she lost the last race and led the second from end to end. Being able to come from behind is generally the sign of having a very good boat and crew.

But in this instance it underlines how close the boats are, and the differences between them

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

Both of the Kiwis fight backs have occurred on the windward leg of the five leg race. That is probably the key point of difference between the two boats. Oracle Team USA can maintain a lead if they have enough margin to be able to sail their own race and apply a loose cover over Emirates Team NZ.

But on the other hand New Zealand seems to be dominant in the close-quarters cut and thrust, which is the essence of Match Racing. They can move very quickly through the gears that this type of boat possesses. And with ease.

When this ability is linked with a good positioning strategy on the course, then Emirates Team NZ has a significant advantage.

The trick is get your opponent in to close quarters racing, getting control of the race from astern, and then try to get them out of phase before trying to break through.

Again classical match racing stuff, but when you add in the ability to pull off foiling roll tacks on demand, along with the ability to foot off and foil at a much higher speed to break through or sail over an opponent.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
For sure Oracle team USA seem to have all the same tricks, but don’t seem to be able to put them together as easily as Emirates Team NZ.

But it is a very even contest. Jimmy Spithill got a good jump on Emirates Team New Zealand at the start if race four – preventing the Kiwis from doing their usual of driving over the top of the US team, and being first to break the circle at Mark 1.

This time Spithill held high course, as a leeward boat is entitled to do. Maintained his luffing rights on Barker, and they rounded the mark, both outside the circle. Spithill had maintained control throughout and then it was up to the Kiwis to break through.

We hear that Emirates Team NZ suffered wingsail control issues in this race – which may explain her being unable to break through Oracle as she had done twice before.


The real test of this racing lies in the Performance Data, where the actual distance sailed in metres for both boats was near identical, and the only difference was in average boat speed. That is quite a difference from The Louis Viutton Cup where Emirates Team NZ, in one case, sailed a whopping 1800 metres ahead of the second placed boat.

Shoreside the regatta is very thing the organisers promised. It does have some issues, but the crowds love it, and they line the shore sometimes up to six deep to obtain a glimpse of the competitors.

In summary the Regatta seems to be working well – just like the brochure, and the relief ashore is palpable.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
In this edition we feature another of the video, and image galleries from Maritime Productions, harking back to previous America's Cups and providing a nice offset to the 34th Match. This video focuses on the 1983 America's Cup which was notable for USA suffering its first defeat in a Match.

From there the trophy has been defended in three non-US nations in the intervening 30 years, over.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

Stay tuned to our website www.Sail-World.com for daily updates on how the action unfolds in the 34th America’s Cup.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell .
Sail-World's America's Cup News Editor

To sign up a friend to Sail-World's FREE newsletter http://www.sail-world.com/australia/newsletter_subscribe.cfm!click_here


Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our website www.sail-world.com

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

Zhik Yachting 660x82Barz Optics - FloatersPredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

The price of legacy
Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist (470) with Nathan Wilmot in 2008 and Mat Belcher in 2012, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 this year. In and of itself it is hardly the freshest news, and well and truly yesterday’s fish wrapper. It was also a wise choice on behalf of Team USA, for he has succeeded in both the physical and commercial arms of our sport.
Posted on 5 Feb
You spin me right round
Vinyl records went the way of the dodo with first CDs, and then now with the likes of MP3 and streaming. Vinyl records went the way of the dodo with first CDs, and then now with the likes of MP3 and streaming. Recently, we have had unbelievable records set by Thomas Coville and then Armel Le Cléac’h. Soon (with over 1200nm in the bank as it were), it would seem to be the turn of the crew on board IDEC Sport for a record after their spin right round, as well. This is quite simply, terrific stuff.
Posted on 23 Jan
Lounge Music
What a groovy time that all was. Very sophisticated, and was the world so much simpler back then or what? What a groovy time that all was. Very sophisticated, and was the world so much simpler back then or what? It even managed it’s own parody with Jerry Lewis and the über-cool Purple Pit in the original Nutty Professor. I’ll just have an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater right now, thank you… Some will get their noses all twisted up about now saying it is all elevator music, but it was so well orchestrated
Posted on 15 Jan
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Suck it up, sunshine!
The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, another two million watching on TV, and the constant buzz and whir of media helicopters overhead. 88 boats, from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, oh and New Zealand, had lined up on three start lines.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Weather Gate
In order to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished In order to win the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race under IRC or ORCi rating, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two of these you can certainly do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control.
Posted on 25 Dec 2016
Flight of the Pterodactyls
And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. OK. Well that pretty much sets up a mindset from a time long, long ago. However, this is something from the here and now. And you can be sure that it is very much a product of, and absolutely going to change, the future of our sport. The SuperFoiler is 7.9m long, 5.14m wide, has a 12.5m rig and a 295kg sailing weight. It has been developed to be the fastest course yacht ever, so to get a handle on
Posted on 27 Nov 2016
It’s Chuck’s fault!
The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz. Had he not shown me this image he took during the recent Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay, then this editorial would not have come to pass.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
…and don’t call me Shirley!
Ah yes! It could only be the truly inimitable Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane! Ah yes! It could only be the truly inimitable Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) from Airplane! (And that takes us all the way back to 1980 – believe it or not.) You know the lines; it’s when Ted Striker says, “Surely you cannot be serious?” To which Rumack then replies, “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!”
Posted on 19 Sep 2016
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug 2016
Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul 2016