sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : America's Cup: Team USA - A split second from Cup win chance??
America's Cup: Team USA - A split second from Cup win chance??


'Emirates Team NZ flies high above Oracle Team USA - Race 8, America’s Cup 2013'    Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©    Click Here to view large photo

Welcome to Sail-World.com's Day 5 Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup

They might have been leading 6-1 on the water against Oracle Team USA but Emirates Team NZ came within a split second of the end of their 34th America's Cup campaign today.

'Is that really necessary?' -  Monsta   Click Here to view large photo

About half way up Leg 3 of Race 8 today, Emirates Team New Zealand tacked to leeward of Oracle Team USA. They did not have sufficient pressure in the hydraulic system, and the 14 metre wide catamaran came close to capsizing as the wingsail failed to flip onto the new tack.

Many have had concerns about the viability of the AC72 catamaran for sailing at this level. Today underlined they are maybe too close to the edge.

Hydraulics are not new to sailing at this level, but most boats that do use them extensively are running small engines to provide the required hydraulic pressure. The AC72’s rely on grinders. It takes four grinders to produce the same horse power of a sewing machine – about 2hp – and that’s before the lactic acid kicks in.

So it is small wonder that there was a incident arising from a lack of pressure in the on-board systems.

Emirates Team New Zealand rounds mark one in the lead over Oracle Team USA. Race eight on day five of the America’s Cup 34. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ©  

The way it was explained at the media conference, a cam belt comes into play when the boat tack – cracking the 40 metre high wingsail out of its old shape, and into the new, as the boat tacks.

Lack of pressure mean that the cam belt wouldn’t move quickly enough, and the wingsail retained its old shape triggering a capsize situation. Fortunately the grinders had the presence of mind to keep winding as the opposite hull towered above them – eventually getting enough pressure in to the system to grind the wingsail through to its new shape. As skipper Dean Barker explained not a split second too soon.

But the drama caused audible cries of 'Oh no' on the water, and Kiwi fans could only watch and hope for the miracle which happened, saving a catastrophe.

Most would have been quite happy to emerge from the race in second place, and with the wingsail intact. Had the boat gone over and suffered major damage, the second Kiwi boat is substantially slower and that would have made a come from behind Oracle Team USA's successful defense much more likely.

America’s Cup Day 5 San Francisco. Golden Gate Yacht Club -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

As it was Oracle Team USA emerged from the day in much better shape than most had expected. Rather than clocking up a couple more losses, they came out with a win, and took heart from an improved performance against the New Zealanders.

One thing that does seem noticeable is that Brit-Australian tactician-strategist roles at the back of the boat, with Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby seems to be working more smoothly.

However the USA team lost both their starts against the Challengers – an area in which they had previously been dominant in the regatta.

They rounded the leeward Mark 2 behind NZL5 on both occasions, and although they did make an impression on the Kiwis on the windward beat which has normally been their nemesis. New Zealand led at the time of their near capsize, in Race 8, and were also ahead when Race 9 was abandoned.

Emirates Team NZ comes close to a capsize in Race 8 as Oracle Team USA avoids -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

The ebb tide – allowing the US team to use the full width of the course, sailing to windward – may have given the Defenders the ability to avoid being herded by the Kiwis.

The big bonus for the Defender is that they have gained more time to work on their boat and speed, and the hope to be able to further close down the 6-2 deficit in on the water results.

For the NZers their focus will be on winning to more races on Sunday, and maybe completing the task on Tuesday.

Oracle Team USA - Race Day 5 -  © ACEA/Photo Balazs Gardi  


Stay tuned to our website www.Sail-World.com for daily updates on how the action unfolds in the 34th America’s Cup.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Sail-World's America's Cup News Editor

To subscribe a friend to Sail-World's FREE newsletter click here

Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our website www.sail-world.com

Emirates Team New Zealand, come close to capsize - Race Day 5 -  © ACEA/Photo Balazs Gardi  

Emirates Team NZ over does the roll tack, Day 5 - Race 8 -  © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget  


by .

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=114505

12:42 AM Sun 15 Sep 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
Newsletter Editorial Australia

Related News Stories:

15 Sep 2013  Images of the 34th America's Cup final 5 by Carlo Borlenghi
15 Sep 2013  34th America’s Cup - Oracle team USA records second win
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Photo sequence of near capsize on Day 5
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Images of Day 5, Race 9
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Images of Day 5, Race 8
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup: From the Back of the Media Conference Day 5 + Video
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Am-Cam video from Day 5 in San Francisco
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA scores second win of the series
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup:Emirates Team NZ update - Upwind drama costs a race
15 Sep 2013  America's Cup: In case there’s a change in the weather
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





Monaco's Miani wins Melges 20 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


























































America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Half Ton Classics Cup - Swuzzlebubble victorious with a day to spare
U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship - Top teams to battle
Audi-Tron Sailing Series - Melges 20 fleet ready for action
Volvo Cork Week - Front runners emerge on day 3
Nacra 17 Europeans - Big winds halt racing in La Grande Motte
49er and 49erFX Europeans - Tough end to qualifying phase + Video
New Classification Code for consultation released by the IPC
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race fleet heads for London
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi and Team Alvimedi head for England
Rio 2016 in the sights of ISAF Youth Worlds 420 sailors
Exciting new International Audi Melges 20 Ranking System now in play
FISU World University Match Racing Championships - GBR women win gold
2014 Seiko 49er and 49erFX European Championship - Day 2
Volvo Ocean Race teams Abu Dhabi and Alvimedica leave Newport, RI
Half Ton Classics Cup - Champagne conditions on Day 2 + Video
ABYC Fourth of July Regatta - Snipes join the action
Volvo Cork Week - Three bullets for ballistic catapult
Nacra 17 Europeans - Besson and Riou lead the overall standings
Formula 16 World Championship - Aussies claim title in Newport
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - The journey beckons
Clipper Round the World - London to provide emotional heroes welcome   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Italians to lead RS:X fleet in Tavira   
Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon   
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results   
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display   
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue   
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display   
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet   
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri   
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities   
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall   
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends   
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran   
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner   
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature   
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm   
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos   


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