sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Louis Vuitton Cup: No fogging contest - Challenger is chosen
Louis Vuitton Cup: No fogging contest - Challenger is chosen


'Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa in the pre-start dance, Louis Vuitton Cup Final, Day 8'    John Navas    Click Here to view large photo

Emirates Team New Zealand completed the first stage of its America’s Cup challenge by summarily defeating Luna Rossa in the eighth race of the Louis Vuitton Cup final to bring the score to a definitive 7 -1.

It is now time for the Kiwis to march on to meet Oracle Team USA in the match.

San Francisco lived up to its reputation and its pseudonym 'Fog City' for this race. It was down on the course for much of the race and hitherto unused techniques were pressed into service. Navigation was no longer an eyeball affair but one of calculation and the Kiwis were up to this extra challenge.

The race began in 13 knots of south-westerly breeze with Luna Rossa entering the starting area on port tack. Helmsman Chris Draper went initially for the leeward side but Dean Barker, the New Zealand skipper appeared unperturbed and set up for a time-on-distance start on a line he could hardly discern in the thick mist.

Barker’s move paid handsomely and ETNZ rounded the first mark at the end of a fast reach with a 16-second lead. As there has only been one passing move in the entire series, it could be said that the race was all over there, but the question of the position of the leeward gate added to the sailors’ problems
As the two AC-72s went down the run at close to 30 knots (almost three times the wind speed) with Code 0 gennikers set, foiling gybes were out of the question, but the gybes performed by Emirates Team New Zealand were the better and the gap between them grew.

As the two boats cleared the bottom gate to start the upwind leg, that gap was 1’31'. Ray Davies’ tactics were called into play as the Kiwis favoured the City Front shore, where there was less adverse tidal stream. 'We’re getting into more and more breeze all the time,' declared Barker. It was not a day, however, to experiment with foiling upwind but still ETNZ demonstrated superiority, stretching its lead to more than 800 metres.

After rounding the windward mark with a lead of 2’58', Barker could have relaxed but showed no sign of relenting in the search for speed as the time limit for the race was also a challenge. He need not have had any concern, Emirates Team New Zealand completed the 10.26-mile course in 33’49', well inside the 40 minute time limit to take the Louis Vuitton Cup that it has last won in 2007.

Luna Rossa finished 3’20' in arrears and received as big acclaim as the winners from the weekend crowd along the piers and the foreshore. Max Sirena announced that in the spirit of the challengers, Luna Rossa would stay in commission to assist Emirates Team New Zealand in its assault on the America’s Cup, which starts on September 7th. 'We are very proud of what we have achieved,' said Draper, 'Those guys [ETNZ] have put an amazing act together, and we will help them.'

Louis Vuitton Finals Race 8; Luna Rossa vs Emirates Team New Zealand -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Emiraes Team New Zealand wins the race 8 and the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco California on August 25, 2013. -  © Linda Wright   Click Here to view large photo

Luna Rossa after the race in SF August 25, 2013. -  © Linda Wright   Click Here to view large photo

Emiraes Team New Zealand wins the race 8 and the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco California on August 25, 2013. -  © Linda Wright   Click Here to view large photo

Emirates Team New Zealand before the 8th race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Finale in San Francisco California on August 25, 2013. -  © Linda Wright   Click Here to view large photo

A moment of victory for Emirates Team New Zealand after winning the Louis Vuitton Cup and race 8 in San Francisco on August 25, 2013. -  © Linda Wright   Click Here to view large photo


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=113642

12:30 AM Mon 26 Aug 2013GMT


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

Related News Stories:

26 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Images of the Day from ashore and on the Bay
26 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates TNZ win the right to go up against Oracle
26 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup:Emirates Team NZ have consecutive trophy wins
26 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Images of Emirates Team NZ celebrations
26 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ confirmed as Challenger
26 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup Race 7 - Luna Rossa on the brink
25 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup final - Images of Luna Rossa by Carol Borlenghi
25 Aug 2013  America's Cup: Images of the Day from San Francisco bay
25 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ close to a successful Defence
25 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa - Race 7 of the Finals - Time runs out
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





































America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team ready for action
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier
Springtime boat buyers need to take care of a few key things
ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete   
Earth Day boater tips   
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's   
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell   
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
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   


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 NEW US