Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

America’s Cup World Series Day 3 - Busy schedule for Energy Team

by Energy Team on 25 Aug 2012
Day 3 - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
America’s Cup World Series 2012-13 third day of racing in San Francisco was a busy schedule for Energy Team. Knocked out in the match racing quarter finals by Oracle Team USA Coutts, Yann Guichard’s crew responded in style by coming in third in the fleet race that followed, before finishing seventh in the next one. The French team is now in fourth place in the overall fleet rankings. We look back at the day’s races.

Energy Team was up against the mighty Oracle Team USA Coutts, winner of the first fleet race on Thursday. In a 20-knot breeze, the two AC45s crossed the line together, but the Americans rounded the first mark in front. The boats set off downwind at almost 25 knots. Russell Coutts was still out in front at the second mark, but on the upwind leg, Yann Guichard made a nice move and overtook. An extremely closely fought battle ensued with several crossovers. But the Defender managed to extend the lead and rounded mark 3 with some 15 seconds ahead. The last downwind leg would not change anything and the French boat was defeated, in spite of their efforts. In the semi-finals, the Americans will meet Emirates Team New Zealand, who overcame J.P. Morgan BAR in the day’s other quarter final. Artemis Racing White and Oracle Team USA Sptithill had already won their tickets for the semi-finals on Thursday. On Saturday, we shall find out the name of the two match racing finalists.


The breeze was still blowing at around twenty knots in San Francisco Bay for the first fleet race of the day. With eleven AC45s lining up, Yann Guichard and his men knew that they simply had to get off to a good start, if they wanted to be up there with the frontrunners. And Energy Team pulled it off, with a great start before rounding the first mark in second place, just behind Luna Rossa Swordfish. An excellent opening for the French team. During the first downwind leg, Energy remained in second place, in spite of coming under attack from the big guns of Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA Spithill, and then got out in front at mark 2. The first upwind leg was a little less successful, as the French were back in fourth place at mark 3 and set off on the second downwind leg, some 23 seconds behind Luna Rossa Swordfish, who held on to their lead. Yann Guichard’s crew moved up one place to get back on the provisional podium at mark 4. But it was far from over and the climb back up to mark 5 looked like being the decider. Energy Team managed it perfectly, and continued to do well on the final downwind leg: so the French team grabbed a fantastic third place, with only the two Luna Rossa boats ahead of them. An incredible reaction after their elimination in the match race. The race was marred by Oracle Team USA Coutts being forced to retire after their floats were damaged in a collision with the committee boat.

Results of Fleet Race 3
1. Luna Rossa Swordfish
2. Luna Rossa Piranha
3. Energy Team
4. Team Korea
5. Emirates Team New Zealand
6. Artemis Racing White
7. Oracle Team USA Spithill
8. Artemis Racing Red
9. J.P. Morgan BAR
10. China Team
DNF. Oracle Team USA Coutts

Oracle Team USA Coutts was unable to line up for the next start due to the damage they had suffered, so ten AC45s were on the starting line for the second fleet race of the day. Energy Team was determined to repeat the success of the previous race, but unfortunately the start was not as good: the French AC45 rounded the first mark in the middle of the fleet. At the end of the first downwind leg, Energy was in seventh place, with the rankings dominated by Emirates Team New Zealand ahead of the Italians, who were clearly on fire. Hopes of making it to the podium again gradually shrank, but the French were able to claw their way back up the fleet and gain a few extra points in the overall rankings. In sixth place at mark 3, then fifth at the next one, their performance was looking promising. But they dropped back two places at the end of the race to finish in seventh place in a race won by Oracle Team USA Spithill, who came in ahead of Team Korea and Emirates Team New Zealand. So, at the end of the four fleet races raced on Thursday and Friday, Energy Team is now in fourth place in the overall fleet race rankings, just three points away from the podium.

Yann Guichard’s reactions: 'We had a great match battling it out with Russell and his crew. We lost the start against them, but got back up there after the leeward gate and for a while were out in front. Then, we committed a few strategic mistakes, which cost us, as this race course is very tactical. As for the fleet racing championship, the important thing is to keep up there in the rankings, as it is going to be the big race on Super Sunday that will be the decider. Today we had a good day with some very good moments and some that were not quite as good, but with eleven AC45s racing flat out on the race course, sometimes it pays to be a bit cautious at the start.'

Results of Fleet Race 4
1. Oracle Team USA Spithill
2. Team Korea
3. Emirates Team New Zealand
4. J.P. Morgan BAR
5. Luna Rossa Piranha
6. Luna Rossa Swordfish
7. Energy Team
8. Artemis Racing Red
9. Artemis Racing White
10. China Team
DNS. Oracle Team USA Coutts

Overall rankings on Friday 24th August 2012 (after four races)
1. Oracle Team USA Spithill : 39 pts
2. Team Korea : 31 pts
3. Luna Rossa Piranha : 30 pts
4. Energy Team: 27 pts
5. Artemis Racing White: 25 pts
6. Artemis Racing Red : 24 pts
7. Emirates Team New Zealand: 23 pts
8. Luna Rossa Swordfish: 23 pts
9. J.P. Morgan BAR: 20 pts
10. Oracle Team USA Coutts: 18 pts
11. China Team : 6 pts


Energy Team Americas Cup website

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Southern Spars - 100Schaefer 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design