Please select your home edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Louis Vuitton Cup- Two straight for Kiwis on Day 4 of Final

by Bob Fisher on 22 Aug 2013
Match Race number 5 at the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco California on August 21, 2013. SW

Emirates Team New Zealand proved superiority and reliability on a day when the west-south-westerly breeze was down to 12-14 knots and demonstrated that, barring breakdowns, that it will be the team that progresses to the America’s Cup.

The two races in the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup were one-sided, but considerably closer than anything that has preceded them. Margins of 2’17' and 1’28' are as close as these two boats have ever been and would show a vast improvement in the sailing technique of the Italian team. Skipper Chris Draper showed that he has mastered the foiling gybe manoeuvre and this has enabled him to stay closer to Dean Barker and the Kiwi crew.

It was the first day that two races had been possible – the thermal breeze was slow to materialize as the ambient temperature was generally lower in the morning. With a light flood tide, the waves were smaller too, at least for the first race. That was probably a factor in the closeness of the starts – in both races the boats were virtually bow-to-bow.

In the opener, Barker was to windward and was able to pour dirty air on to Draper. The Italian boat was slow out of her straps and after the short reach, Emirates Team New Zealand rounded the first buoy with a 12 second lead. The two boats shot off at 28 knots, accelerating to a regular 33 in a slightly increasing breeze. When they went through the leeward gate, the Kiwis were 33 seconds clear.

Upwind ETNZ was faster and gained by going towards the shore, where the tide had begun to ebb in her favour. At mark 3, the difference between them at the leeward mark with the Kiwis continuing to gain, had widened to 2’16', and another second was added on the short reach to the finish. The ten-mile course had taken 25’37'.

Shore crews climbed on both of the AC-72s as they made their way back towards the Golden Gate Bridge for the second start, checking every functioning part, ensuring that there would be no failure during the next race.

That one started with ETNZ to leeward in a breeze that was steady at 15 knots. Barker timed his start to perfection and was able to stay just ahead of Luna Rossa and take the inside at the first mark with a four second lead. That was a crucial move – it has been rare for overtaking after this mark rounding, and so it was in this race. Ray Davis said post race: 'The acceleration from Mark 1 is most important – the first to make a mistake is going to take second place.'

Draper kept it close on the first run and when he went to the inshore gate mark at the end – the opposite one to Barker – 18 seconds after the Kiwis, Luna Rossa headed towards the City Front and a stronger favourable current. But with the Kiwi boat’s upwind superiority, combined with the strategic mastery of Ray Davies, the ETNZ tactician, Barker stretched his lead to 1’06'.

It was all over bar the shouting and Emirates Team New Zealand was able to pull away further to finish 1’28 in front. Somewhat remarkably in the relatively light winds, ETNZ hit a top speed of 43.77 knots. The second victory took the team’s overall lead in the series to 4 – 1.

NaiadKZRaceFurlersInsun - AC Program

Related Articles

Black Jack Yachting. Bigger boat. Bigger team. Even bigger performance
Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus. Some were sail makers, like Skipper Mark Bradford and also Vaughan Prentice from North Sails’ Brisbane loft. Others were riggers, such as Bruce Clarke, and there are even boat builders, like Gary van Lunteren, as well as Ash Deeks.
Posted on 20 Jul
A Q&A with Tom Trujillo about the Transpacific Race’s 49th running
Sail-World interviewed Tom Trujillo, the Transpac Race’s PRO, via email to learn more about this classic bluewater race. The Transpac Race (est 1906) is in a rarefied group of four races that are considered sailing’s greatest bluewater Corinthian challenges, and it welcomes a wildly diverse fleet of bluewater-worthy boats. The 49th running of this classic race is currently underway, so Sail-World caught up with Tom Trujillo, the race’s principal race officer, via email to learn more.
Posted on 7 Jul
Gladwell's Line - America's Cup returns to its new home and thinking
Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness and will open a new era of America's Cup, New Zealand and World Sailing. A rookie crew won the most prestigious trophy in sailing, and one of the most difficult to win in any sport.
Posted on 29 Jun
SuperFoilers Are Go!
SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets in the great scheme of things, they come together in the one form as harmoniously as a Rolls Royce, and also deliver intense energy way past the sum of their parts, just like some amazing band.
Posted on 28 Jun
A Q&A with Kimball Livingston about San Francisco high school sailing
I emailed with my friend and colleague Kimball Livingtston to learn about San Francisco’s latest sailing revolution. I started hearing whispers of shifts in the San Francisco Bay high school sailing scene a couple of months ago. A few inquiries led me to my good friend and colleague Kimball Livingston, a world-class sailor, scribe, and StFYC staff commodore who isn’t one to keep his seaboots dry when the topic turns to opportunities for the next sailing generation. I caught up with KL via email to learn more.
Posted on 13 Jun
A Q&A with Andrew Howe about winning the 2015 Marion to Bermuda Race
I interviewed Andrew Howe, the 2015 Marion to Bermuda Race’s winning co-navigator, to learn more about their race. In 2015, skipper Greg Marston and the crew of Ti, a 1967 Alden Mistral, racing under celestial rules, were the overall winners of the Marion Bermuda Race Founders Division, beating boats that were enjoying GPS accuracy. On the eve of the 2017 edition of the race, I reached out to Andrew Howe, the team’s co-navigator, to gain perspective on this impressive win and hear about his 2017 plans.
Posted on 7 Jun
An interview with Allan McLean about the 2017 Marion to Bermuda Race
I interviewed Allan McLean, the Marion to Bermuda Race’s executive director, to learn more about this biennial event. The 2017 Marion to Bermuda Race is set to kick off on Friday, June 9, so I caught up with Allan McLean, the race’s executive director, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution, its challenges, and the special America’s Cup experience that awaits Marion to Bermuda sailors upon reaching the Onion Patch.
Posted on 5 Jun
An interview with Ray Redniss about the STC’s annual Block Island Race
I caught up with Ray Redniss, the Block Island Race’s longtime PRO, via email to learn more about this classic event. I caught up with Ray Redniss, who has served as the PRO for the Block Island Race and the Vineyard Race (September 1, 2017) for the past twenty-plus years, via email to learn more about the state of this classic, early season New England event.
Posted on 22 May
An Q&A with Jeremy Pochman about 11th Hour Racing’s impressive efforts
I interviewed Jeremy Pochman of 11th Hour Racing to learn more about this forward-thinking environmental non-profit. 11th Hour Racing is doing some of the most forward-leaning environmental work in the entire marine sphere, and I wanted to learn more, so I reached out to Jeremy Pochman, 11th Hour Racing’s Strategic Director and Co-founder, to ask a few questions. All sailors are strongly encouraged to give this interview the time it deserves.
Posted on 15 May
A Q&A with Don Adams about Sail Canada’s plan to win Olympic medals
I caught up with Sail Canada CEO Don Adams to hear about Team Canada’s High Performance Plan for winning Olympic medals. Sail Canada, Canada’s national sailing authority, is implementing a new High Performance Plan with the aim of improving on their recent Olympic sailing performances. I caught up with Don Adams, CEO of Sail Canada, to learn more about this ambition plan for helping Canadian sailors win Olympic medals while also helping to inspire younger generations to pursue the Olympic-sailing dream.
Posted on 8 May