sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS San Francisco - Almost Jimmy's Day
Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS San Francisco - Almost Jimmy's Day

'Oracle Spithill and Emirstes Team NZ in the Match Racing Semi-Final, America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 August, Race Day 4'    Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©    Click Here to view large photo

Bob Fisher, one of the world's top international yachting journalists, and certainly the top writer on the America's Cup, is in San Francisco, CA, USA for the sixth round of the America's Cup World Series.

Bob is a multihuller from way back, having won the 1967 Little America's Cup, with Peter Schneidau on Lady Helmsman, and has been covering the America's Cup since 1967.

He writes:

Dear Diary – Day 4 - America's Cup World Series - San Francisco, CA, USA

It was (almost) all Spithill on a Grade A grey day

Saturday was Spithill day on San Francisco Bay. The Oracle Team USA skipper won his match race semi-final and then placed second in the first of the fleet races before demonstrating total control in the second race to win by over a minute. He praised his local tactician, John Kostecki, for his contribution to the team's success: ' 'JK' knows the best way to go and I listen to him.'

In the first match of the day, in 12-15 knots of south-westerly breeze, Russell Coutts in Oracle Team USA - Coutts 'hooked' Terry Hutchinson in Artemis Racing - White at the start to claim the inside advantage at the first mark and when Hutchinson gybed at that mark, sailed down the shoreline in better breeze to lead by 12 seconds at the leeward gate.

Heading upwind at 14 knots, Coutts wobbled slightly when Hutchinson picked up a good shift inshore, but that was short-lived gain, and Coutts was 65 metres ahead as they approached the windward mark and rounded with a six second lead, heading off downwind at 21 knots to win by 20 seconds.

Next up was Spithill and Dean Barker with Emirates Team New Zealand. Spithill started to windward of the pair but Barker was inside and first to round the mark to begin the downwind leg. ETNZ led by nine seconds at the leeward gate and a tacking duel ensued with Spithill gaining inshore. Spithill led by four seconds at the windward gate and went on to win by 13 seconds to create and all-Oracle final tomorrow.

The fifth fleet race in the current regatta created its fair share of excitement, particularly when Coutts began his line-up in a similar manner to that of yesterday's first race! This time he avoided the committee vessel. Luna Rossa - Swordfish and Oracle Team USA - Spithill were penalised for premature starting and ETNZ led from the windward end of the line to the first mark.

As ETNZ went towards the city front shore, Yann Guichard took Energy Team down the middle in clear air, but ETNZ led at the leeward gate from Spithill and then the French team with Terry Hutchinson in Artemis Racing - White next. The inexperience in these boats for Ben Ainslie showed when he was forced outside the gate and was last around.

Upwind, Spithill worked the shore line while Energy took the offshore path and at the windward mark Energy Team was ahead by 19 seconds from Oracle Team - Spithill with ETNZ slipped to third. These positions were held to the finish with the two Luna Rossa boats next, ahead of Artemis Racing - White and then Oracle Team USA - Coutts.

For the next race, Barker chose the opposite (leeward) end of the line but it was Spithill, with a perfectly executed start who led at the first mark and then extended on every leg of the course to finish 1:11 in front of Team Korea, skippered by Nathan Outteridge. Energy Team was third to finish the day second on points, three ahead of Team Korea and Luna Rossa - Piranha, skippered by Chris Draper. If Energy wins tomorrow the French can take the overall trophy, so too can Team Korea, such is the importance of the final race win bonus.


Cheers,
Bob


by Bob Fisher

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101370

1:39 AM Sun 26 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
2011-12 America's Cup World Series

Related News Stories:

27 Aug 2012  America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup will be stunning - Yves Carcelle
27 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series San Francisco - Team BAR on day 4
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  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Oracle Team USA's day
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World













HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   


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.
X6XL VIR US