sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : America’s Cup World Series San Francisco - Tough day 3 for Team BAR
America’s Cup World Series San Francisco - Tough day 3 for Team BAR

'Day 3 - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012'    © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR

The America’s Cup World Series is currently taking place in San Francisco, California.

Ben Ainslie on the third day of racing:


Today was the toughest day for us so far. The schedule itself kept us busy with a match race against the Kiwis and then two fleet races in a fair bit of breeze, so it was always going to be a demanding day.

We had to beat the Kiwis to stay in the match racing as this is a knockout series. But of course Dean and his crew are among the most experienced and proficient in the fleet, so beating them was always going to be tough. Even so, it was pretty disappointing to mess up the start and end up down tide of the line which then made us late. I was really hoping to have a bit more of a battle with Dean, but from that position it was always going to be tough to get back in contention.

Having said that, we did close the gap from around 100m to a couple of boat lengths by the first leeward gate rounding, but then we pushed on just that bit too far into the shore to get out of the tide, but also out of the wind. I hold my hand up to that one too. I know I keep saying it, but you really don’t have to make much of a mistake to be punished hard. From just a couple of boat lengths to over 100m in less than thirty seconds. We never recovered from that.

The fleet racing was equally tough. We had a reasonable start in the first race but then struggled to find clear air and a lane on the downwind leg and dropped back deeper into the pack. It’s really difficult to fight back from here. The usual issues of dirty air are compounded by the speed differentials between boats that are on the boil and those that are struggling to break free. For every second you are struggling at 10 knots or less after a tricky tack or gybe, the front runners are hammering along at 25knots.

The second fleet race of the day was much better though. We got another reasonable start and managed to maintain that position at the bottom gate. With the tide running against us for the beat it did make the course a bit one sided, but so long as you keep clear wind you can hang in there and pick the shifts.

But once again it’s the pace of the racing that has struck me. The races last around the same time as an Olympic medal race, 30 minutes with roughly the same number of legs, but success here is more about running with the front and not getting dragged back into the pack. If you slip up, clawing your way back is almost impossible.

I suppose I might sound a bit down about today, I’m not, it’s all part of the process and the fact of the matter is that this is some of the most exciting racing I’ve tried. There’s a long way to go and sure, I didn’t expect to be last, but I didn’t expect to be winning either.

AC World Series San Francisco – Fleet Racing Championship Provisional Results:
1. Oracle Team USA Spithill 39
2. Team Korea 31
3. Luna Rossa Piranha 30
4. Energy Team 27
5. Artemis Racing White 25
6. Artemis Racing Red 24
7. Emirates Team New Zealand 23
8. Luna Rossa Swordfish 23
9. J.P. Morgan BAR 20
10. Oracle Team USA Coutts 18
11. China Team 6

Day 3 - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

Day 3 - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

Day 3 - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

Day 3 - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

JP Morgan BAR Team website


by Ben Ainslie

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101357

9:45 AM Sat 25 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup
2012-13 America’s Cup World Series

Related News Stories:

26 Aug 2012  Rod Davis: Rethinking the Current Tactics
26 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series Day 4 - First win for Energy Team
26 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA hold on to top spot
26 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series San Francisco - Artemis still in hunt
26 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
26 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco: J.P Morgan BAR make progress
26 Aug 2012  America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ boss expected better results
26 Aug 2012  Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS San Francisco - Almost Jimmy's Day
26 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Oracle Team USA's day
26 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Saturday ** LIVE ** Racing
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,












ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,
























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco


























GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT