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Louis Vuitton: Comfortable win for Emirates Team NZ in first real race
Sun, 14 Jul 2013
Emirates Team New Zealand won the first race by a margin of five and a half minutes, sailed in wind conditions that were close to the top end of the new lowered wind limit, averaging 17kts and peaking at over 19kts.
Emirates Team NZ controlled the start pinning Luna Rossa to windward and well away from the start line. At gunfire, the New Zealanders bore away and reached to the start line at speed of 34kts, before starting the race several seconds after the start signal. But even before the start we saw the story of the race with some quite significant speed differences between the boats even though they were on the same leg of the course.
They proceeded to hit 40kts on the first reach with the Italians maintaining early contact, rounding the first mark 8 secs astern as they headed onto he first downwind leg.
At the bottom mark the margin had stretched to 30 seconds, a combination of better top speeds and more consistent high speeds from the very polished New Zealand boat.
At Mark 3 the margin started to blow out to be just over two minutes, with Luna Rossa inadvertently sailing outside the boundary on the next leg and she received a delay penalty.
The margin incraesed steadily around the course with the final margin being 5minutes 23 seconds in favour of Emirates Team NZ.
The Virtual Eye replay of the race can be viewed at http://americascup.virtualeye.tv/ (for first time users, the application will automatically download and install Silverlight). Once the application starts, select Historical view and the race data will downloaded. See the Chatter Log below to review the key events of the race.
Chatter Log, Sat 13 July 2013: Louis Vuitton Cup Round 2, Race 1, ITA v NZL
11:23:59 TIM Good morning from San Francisco. Sunny and cool. 11:25:07 TIM July 13, 2013, Louis Vuitton Cup Round 2 Race 1, ITA v NZL at 12:15 PDT 11:25:52 WND Wind 255 at 17.7 kts, 19.0 kts peak 11:26:45 TIM Tidal Current: 2 kts flood (eastward, with wind) 11:50:44 PRO LR Port 11:50:50 PRO ETNZ Stbd 11:50:54 PRO Course 2 11:51:01 PRO Current +2.1 12:00:00 WND Wind 250 at 18.1 kts, 21.5 kts peak 12:05:00 WND Wind 250 at 16.9 kts, 18.4 kts peak 12:12:00 Race 1 (ITA,NZL): Warning, 3:00 until start 12:13:00 ITA Began Entry 12:13:02 ITA Completed Entry 12:13:05 NZL Began Entry 12:13:08 NZL Completed Entry 12:14:30 WND Wind 245 at 17.7 kts, 20.4 kts peak 12:15:00 Race 1 (ITA,NZL): Started 12:15:24 NZL Crossed Start Line 12:15:30 ITA Crossed Start Line 12:16:11 NZL Rounded Mark 1, 1:11.5 after start 12:16:19 ITA Rounded Mark 1, 0:08.2 behind leader 12:18:00 WND Wind 250 at 17.7 kts, 18.4 kts peak 12:20:43 NZL Rounded Mark 2, 5:43.2 after start 12:21:00 WND Wind 255 at 16.8 kts, 17.6 kts peak 12:21:13 ITA Rounded Mark 2, 0:29.7 behind leader 12:25:00 WND Wind 250 at 16.7 kts, 17.9 kts peak 12:25:13 TIM Max speeds leg 2, ITA 36.48 kts, NZL 36.81 kts 12:33:37 NZL Rounded Mark 3, 18:37.8 after start 12:35:00 WND Wind 250 at 17.7 kts, 19.9 kts peak 12:35:39 ITA Rounded Mark 3, 2:02.0 behind leader 12:37:55 UMP ITA Penalty 12:38:04 UMP ITA Penalty Complete 12:38:13 TIM Max speeds leg 3: NZL 25.42 kts, ITA 24.68 kts 12:38:27 TIM ITA Penalty was for Out of Bounds 12:39:22 NZL Rounded Mark 4, 24:22.4 after start 12:42:09 ITA Rounded Mark 4, 2:47.1 behind leader 12:45:00 WND Wind 255 at 17.4 kts, 18.9 kts peak 12:51:50 NZL Rounded Mark 5, 36:50.8 after start 12:55:00 WND Wind 255 at 18.0 kts, 19.7 kts peak 12:55:55 ITA Rounded Mark 5, 4:04.2 behind leader 12:57:13 NZL Rounded Mark 6, 42:13.4 after start 12:58:52 NZL Crossed Finish Line 12:58:55 PRO NZL Finished: time 12:58:52.130, 43:52.130 after start 13:01:09 TIM NZL Finish Time 12:58:52.130, 43:52.130 after start 13:01:48 TIM NZL Max speed on leg 7: 42.33 kts 13:02:14 ITA Rounded Mark 6, 5:00.8 behind leader 13:03:53 PRO Race 1 Terminated 13:05:00 WND Wind 255 at 18.4 kts, 19.9 kts peak 13:07:42 TIM ITA crossed finish at 13:04:15.1, 5:23 after NZL