Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

America's Cup 2013 - The Fat Lady is warbling in the dressing room

by Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team on 19 Sep 2013
Oracle Team USA v Emirates Team New Zealand. America’s Cup Day 8 San Francisco. Emirates Team NZ leads Oracle Team USA on Leg 4 of Race 11 © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
America's Cup 2013 - Emirates Team New Zealand’s start to finish win in Race 11 on San Francisco Bay today took the Kiwi challenger to match point in the 34th America’s Cup against defender Oracle Team USA.

Once again the 10 second lead provided for the Port entry boat into the starting box allowed that boat to dominate tactics.

That was Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) with Dean Barker holding Spithill out, slowing the defender almost to zero at the start line, before putting his bow down and powering towards the first mark with a good lead.

The Kiwis extended slightly down the run, with a six second delta at the bottom mark. The long upwind leg was hard, Oracle Team USA kept attacking but ETNZ covered ever one of ten tacks.

On the run to the final mark the American boat reduced the lead from 300 metres to 100 metres but again the Kiwi tactician Ray Davies was sound. ETNZ slid around mark four slowly but the following Oracle boat was still a gybe away and it was a procession in the blast reach to the finish.



As the two crews were positioning themselves ahead of the start for Race 12, with the Kiwis definitely better placed the race committee postponed the sequence because the wind strength had exceeded the prescribed wind limit, forcing the Kiwis to wait until tomorrow for a chance to take the Cup back to Auckland.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads Oracle Team USA 8-1 on the scoreboard, in the first to nine point series.
The Kiwis need just one more race win to secure the America’s Cup for the third time (1995, 2000), while Oracle Team USA needs to win an extremely unlikely eight races in a row to defend the trophy it won in 2010 in Valencia.
Brave words from the American camp. 'It’s not over; it’s a long way from over,' said Spithill.

'Both teams would’ve liked to have sailed the second race, but Iain (Murray, Regatta Director) has to stick by the limits that are set.'

Barker stayed on message 'Every win here is so hard, they’re monumental battles, so you’re thankful for every win you get.

'We had a bit of an idea how to attack it and it worked out as well as it could have. We had a nice little jump, sailed a good first run, at the bottom mark another split and backwards and forwards after that. We were happy to sneak away with another win.'

Emirates Team New Zealand gets two more chances tomorrow to take the America's Cup and it will be a surprise if they do not win in one.

The wind is forecast to be similar to today, San Francisco ground hog summer weather- light to moderate for the first race and building for the second race.

Oracle Team USA skipper Spithill insists there is still a contest.

'The boat seems to go well in a breeze, that’s obvious,' said Spithill. 'But I think we can still win races in the light stuff. We’re looking hard every night at what we can do. We’d love to get on with the racing, but we’ve got those wind limits and have to obey them. Whatever the conditions are we’ll go into it 100 percent.'

Jimmy we believe you, it’s just we are a little distracted by the sounds coming from the Fat Lady's dressing room.

Our America's Cup and Sail-Word New Zealand Editor Richard Gladwell is filing from SFO airport now, before heading south right to be at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for Race 12.



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

Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
Oracle Team USA – 1


Race 11 Performance Data

Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 23:41, OTUSA – 23:56
Delta: ETNZ +:15
Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.7 NM, OTUSA – 11.5 NM
Average Speed: ETNZ – 29.88 knots (34 mph), OTUSA – 29.04 knots (33 mph)
Top Speed: ETNZ – 44.57 knots (51 mph), OTUSA – 42.70 knots (49 mph)
Windspeed: Average – 15.4 knots, Peak – 18.0 knots
Number of Tacks/Jibes: ETNZ – 10/6, OTUSA – 10/8

Tomorrows races - Thursday, Sept. 19: Race 12 (1:15 pm PT), Race 13* (2:15 pm PT)

Once again our Sail-World coverage of the day's events will be comprehensive.

Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - Floaters

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - America's Cup champ says Paralympic racing is closest ever
Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar keelboat class at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The regatta is being held in Guanabara Bay on three of the courses used for the Olympic Sailing Regatta in August.
Posted on 13 Sep
Debriefing the Rio 2016 Olympics with Team USA’s Helena Scutt
I talked with Team USA’s Helena Scutt to hear about her Olympic experience, and to learn more about her post-Rio plans. The 49erFX was introduced to Olympic circles when it replaced the Women’s Match Racing event following the 2012 Games. Not surprisingly, it drew high-performance sailors for the Rio 2016 Olympics, including Team USA’s Paris Henken and Helena Scutt. While Henken and Scutt were Olympic first-timers, they put on a strong show. I caught up with Scutt to hear more about her Olympic experience.
Posted on 8 Sep
A Q&A with Peter Bresnan ONE Palma’s founder and director
Sail-World interviewed ONE Palma’s founder Peter Bresnan to learn about the company’s partnership with McConaghy Boats For the past eight years, ONE Palma (formerly OneSails Spain) has been building a strong name, first as a sailmaker and later with refit work. Recently, ONE Palma and McConaghy Boats-legendary boatbuilders who have crafted some of the planet’s fastest sailboats-entered a business partnership. I caught up with Peter Bresnan, ONE Palma’s founder and director, to learn more about this new direction.
Posted on 2 Sep
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ train late on the Waitemata Harbour
Emirates Team NZ were out for a training session that ran into the early Thursday evening. Emirates Team NZ were out for a training session that ran into the early Thursday evening. The team were sailing their recently launched AC45 Surrogate test boat which features an articulated rudder gantry - taking the AC45 close to the geometry of the AC50 to be used in the 2017 America's Cup.
Posted on 1 Sep
Dateline Rio - Sailing Olympics review - as good as it gets?
The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The weather was better than Weymouth and Qingdao, the courses more varied, but from a working media perspective, it was the people running the Rio regatta who really made the difference.
Posted on 26 Aug
Rio 2016 - Plain speaking by triple-medalist on Olympic sailing moves
Triple Olympic medalist, Santiago Lange has been on the sharp end of changes made to Olympic classes and formats Santiago Lange, a six-time Olympian and Bronze medallist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, won his third medal – Gold sailing in the Nacra 17 class. With that length of experience at an Olympic level, having sailed the Laser, Tornado and now Nacra 17 classes his comments on the future shape of the Olympic regatta was one of the highlights of the Medallists Media Conferences.
Posted on 25 Aug
An Q&A with Steve and Heidi Benjamin about the NYYC’s 2016 Queen’s Cup
Sail-World caught up with Steve and Heidi Benjamin to learn more about Heidi’s historic win in the NYYC’s Queen’s Cup. When it comes to U.S. Grand Prix sailing, it’s hard not to encounter the names of Steve and Heidi Benjamin. The two highly polished sailors have been successfully campaigning their series of yachts, named SPOOKIE, for years, starting first with a Carkeek 40 and progressing to their TP52. I caught up with Steve and Heidi to learn more about Heidi’s historic win in the NYYC’s Queen’s Cup
Posted on 19 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images of the penultimate race in the Finns - Scott wins
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the final race of the Qualifying Series of the Mens Finn Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the final race of the Qualifying Series of the Mens Finn, in what potentially could have been Giles Scott's (GBR) Gold medal winning race. In the end, the current world champion won in style.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images from the Mens RS:X Medal Race
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water at the Medal Race for the RS:X class Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water at the Medal Race for the RS:X class won before the race by Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) without needing points from the Medal Race. Nick Dempsey (GBR) was second on a similar basis.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Sailors talk of Life at the Extreme on the Atlantic Ocean
Certainly the Volvo Ocean Race catchcry of Life at the Extreme is not a phrase associated with the Sailing Olympics. The 470 crews were suffering the mixed emotions of survival of an extreme test by nature, the cold, and for some elation at their placings, after Thursday's battle for survival. In conditions that looked more out of the Volvo Ocean Race, than an Olympic sailing regatta, crews battled 20kt plus winds and Atlantic Ocean rollers that towered up to four metres.
Posted on 13 Aug