America's Cup - Defender scores sixth consecutive win in race 17
by Irene Corosu on 25 Sep 2013
In the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA scored its sixth consecutive win in Race 17 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.
24/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand, Race Day 14 © ACEA / Ricardo Pinto http://photo.americascup.com/
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 nine 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 – Americas Cup