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America's Cup - Defender's race 13 win forces the Cup to day 11

by Irene Corosu on 21 Sep 2013
20/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - OracleTeam USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand, Race Day 10 ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget http://photo.americascup.com/
On day 10 of the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand came within one nautical mile of winning, but then fell afoul of the 40-minute time limit. When Race 13 was re-sailed, the Kiwis were thwarted by a penalty and good speed from defender Oracle Team USA.

Oracle Team USA won the second attempt at Race 13 by 1 minute, 24 seconds after staring down the barrel of defeat. The defender was trailing by an estimated eight-tenths of a nautical mile in the first attempt, which was abandoned when the 40-minute time limit expired and with the Kiwis eying the finish line.

Oracle Team USA’s fifth win kept the match alive at least one more day. Emirates Team New Zealand leads 8-3 and needs just one more victory to win the America’s Cup for the third time (1995, 2000). Oracle Team USA, on the other hand, needs to win six consecutive races to retain the trophy it won in 2010, after being penalized two points by the International Jury.

'It was disappointing to be that close yet so far away,' said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. 'Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. The guys are very positive. We know we can win, we just have to put it together on the day.'

'What can you do? Sometimes a couple of things go your way,' said Spithill of the first race that expired with the time limit. 'We’re in a position where we have to take those things, but what a fantastic second race by the guys, really standing strong.'

In the re-sail of Race 13, Barker fended off an aggressive move by Spithill in the prestart. Spithill went for a late push with about 25 seconds to the start, but Barker positioned himself to force Spithill to head up and into Emirates Team New Zealand’s bad air, and the Kiwis led by three seconds at the first turning mark.

On the ensuing run, Oracle Team USA rode a puff into a compromising position for Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis were on port while the defender was on starboard. Spithill pulled his helm over hard to avoid a collision and the umpires penalized Emirates Team New Zealand.

'The better move would’ve been to jibe before them and protect the long starboard,' said Kiwi tactician Ray Davies. 'In a click more breeze you’re able to jibe in front of them and keep forward, but in that lighter air, by the time you hook up, you’re in their gas.'

The Kiwis further complicated their race at the leeward gate. They were close behind Oracle Team USA but the defender got to the three-boat length zone and earned rights to round the right-hand gate. That forced Emirates Team New Zealand to round the left-hand mark at approximately five knots boatspeed while Oracle Team USA was steaming upwind at approximately 20 knots.

'There was a big right-hand shift coming into that gate,' said Oracle Team USA’s Ben Ainslie. 'We waited until the last second to make our decision. We were waiting to see their move before making our choice. It was a last-second thing which went well.'


After another near miss – for both teams – Emirates Team New Zealand remains on the precipice of winning the America’s Cup, while Oracle Team USA has no margin for error. Although the defender dodged a bullet today, the odds are still in favor of the challenger, which needs one win to the defender’s six. Both teams are confident of their chances and hoping for a little luck.

'Luck is something you never walk away from,' said Barker. 'It’s a case of executing a race. We entered today with a much better attitude than yesterday. Maybe we didn’t sail as well as we could’ve in that race, but we have a lot of confidence that we can go out and race to win.'

'We believe we can win. It’s as simple as that,' said Spithill. 'With these boats on that racecourse, you can dodge all sorts of bullets out there. At the start of regatta it felt like everything was going against us. Now it feels like it’s starting to turn.'

Races 14 and 15 are slated for tomorrow, scheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT and 2:15 pm PT.

34th America’s Cup Standings (first to nine points wins)

Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
Oracle Team USA – 3

Race 13 Performance Data

Course: Five Legs/10.08 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 27:20, ETNZ – 28:44
Delta: OTUSA +1:24
Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 10.9 NM, ETNZ – 10.8 NM
Average Speed: OTUSA – 24.16 knots (28 mph), ETNZ – 22.63 knots (26 mph)
Top Speed: OTUSA – 33.90 knots (39 mph), ETNZ – 33.74 knots (39 mph)
Windspeed: Average – 9.8 knots, Peak – 13.2 knots
Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 5/7, ETNZ – 6/8

Upcoming America’s Cup Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 21: Race 14 (1:15 pm PT), Race 15* (2:15 pm PT)
Sunday, Sept. 22: Race 16* (1:15 pm PT), Race 17* (2:15 pm PT)
Monday, Sept. 23: Race 18* (1:15 pm PT), Race 19* (2:15 pm PT)
(*If Americas Cup

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