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First race of the America’s Cup Finals. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

Emirates Team New Zealand leads the 34th America’s Cup 2-0 after the first day of racing. The Kiwi crew, led by skipper Dean Barker, won the two races by 36 and 52 seconds in some fantastic racing.

“That was a fantastic day. We’re really happy with how it all panned out,” said Kiwi tactician Ray Davies.

“That’s not the result we wanted,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “I think the boats are very close and the boys did a good job on board. We were surprised not to get them a penalty in the start in Race 2, and we weren’t able to accelerate as quick as they did. It’s difficult to come back from behind; they didn’t make many mistakes after that. The boats are very close and tomorrow’s another day.”

OTUSA Race Crew

Oracle Team USA.© ORACLE TEAM USA / Photo Guilain GRENIER

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Emirates Team New Zealand. Photo: Chris Cameron 2013

34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)

  • Emirates Team New Zealand – 2
  • ORACLE TEAM USA – 0

Race 1 Performance Data

  • Course: 5 Legs/9.71 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 23:30, OTUSA – 24:06
  • Delta: ETNZ +:36
  • Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.7 NM, OTUSA – 11.4 NM
  • Average Speed: ETNZ – 30.07 knots (35 mph), OTUSA – 28.58 knots (33 mph)
  • Top Speed: ETNZ – 43.54 knots (50 mph), OTUSA – 42.51 knots (49 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 16 knots, Peak – 21 knots

Race 2 Performance Data

  • Course: 5 Legs/10.11 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 22:46, OTUSA – 23:38
  • Delta: ETNZ +:52
  • Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.3 NM, OTUSA – 11.3 NM
  • Average Speed: ETNZ – 30.12 knots (35 mph), OTUSA – 28.92 knots (33 mph)
  • Top Speed: ETNZ – 46 knots (53 mph), OTUSA – 42.87 knots (49 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 16.6 knots, Peak – 19.5 knots

Upcoming America’s Cup Schedule

  • Sunday, Sept. 8: Race 3 (1:15 pm PT), Race 4 (2:15 pm PT)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10: Race 5 (1:15 pm PT), Race 6 (2:15 pm PT)
  • Thursday, Sept. 12: Race 7 (1:15 pm PT), Race 8 (2:15 pm PT)
  • Saturday, Sept. 14: Race 9 (1:15 pm PT), Race 10* (2:15 pm PT)
  • Sunday, Sept. 15: Race 11* (1:15 pm PT), Race 12* (2:15 pm PT)
    (*If necessary)
30/08/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - AC72 training

Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

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International Jury decisions issued on ORACLE TEAM USA AC45 yachts

San Francisco, Calif., 09/03/2013

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AC72 Training on SF Bay 9/4/13 © ACEA / PHOTO GILLES MARTIN-RAGET

An inquiry by the Measurement Committee and International Jury on modifications that ORACLE TEAM USA made to their AC45 yachts in 2012 ended today with a report issued by the International Jury.

Three team members have been excluded from participating in the regatta. The team has also been deducted two points from its score in the upcoming America’s Cup Finals beginning September 7. They have also been fined US$250,000.

In August the team voluntarily withdrew retroactively from the 2012/2013 AC45 regattas in question.

The International Jury confirmed that only a handful of individuals were involved, and that all members of senior management of ORACLE TEAM USA — including skippers Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie, CEO Russell Coutts, General Manager Grant Simmer and Shore Team Director Mark Turner— were not aware or involved in any way.

To win the America’s Cup, a team must score nine points, the highest ever number in the competition’s 162 year-old history.

The defender now starts with a deficit score of minus-2 and must win 11 races to retain the trophy. Emirates Team New Zealand, the challenger, is unaffected and must win 9 races as before.

The highly anticipated 34th America’s Cup “September Showdown” between Dean Barker, skipper of challenger Emirates Team New Zealand, and Jimmy Spithill, skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, begins Saturday, September 7th with two races at 1:10pm and 2:10pm Pacific Time.

The race series continues on Sunday the 8th, Tuesday the 10th, Thursday the 12th, Saturday the 14th, and, if necessary the subsequent Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday — each with two races per day at 1:10pm and 2:10pm.

The full International Jury decision can be found under Jury Notices on the America’s Cup Official Race Noticeboard.

From: AmericasCup.com.

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15/07/2013 – San Francisco – 34th America’s Cup – July 2013 Liveline graphics

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This weekend the countdown clock will mark two months to the start of the “Summer of Racing” in San Francisco. An Opening Ceremony is planned for July 4 and will be followed on July 5 by a special fleet race for all teams.

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San Francisco (USA) – 34th America’s Cup – ARTEMIS and ORACLE TEAM USA AC72 training in San Francisco Bay. Photo:Gilles Martin-Raget/AC34

Racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, officially begins on July 7 with a match between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge of Italy. It continues on July 9 with Sweden’s Artemis Racing taking on the New Zealanders, and July 10 with Luna Rossa against Artemis Racing.

The Louis Vuitton Cup schedule is packed with action. Some highlights:

  • The Louis Vuitton Cup round robins are scheduled July 7-Aug. 4. Wins are worth 1 point
  • The Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final, a best-of-seven series, is scheduled Aug. 6-14
  • The Louis Vuitton Cup Final, a best-of-13 series, is scheduled Aug. 17-30
  • Racing is scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Start times for the round robins and semi finals are scheduled for 1:15 pm PT (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) or 2:15 pm PT (Wednesdays)
  • Mondays and Thursdays are scheduled reserve days
  • In the round robins and semi finals, one race is scheduled per day with a target elapsed time of one hour
  • In the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, two races are scheduled each day, each with a target elapsed time of 30 minutes
Boat 2 First Sail / SFO April Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 24-04-2013. Photo: Guilain GRENIER/AC34

Boat 2 First Sail / SFO April Testing Session / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 24-04-2013.
Photo: Guilain GRENIER/AC34

The top team at the end of the round robins gets to choose whether it advances directly to the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals or races in the semi finals. With a break of 12 days in the offing, presumably the winner would choose to go to the final and let the other two teams continue slugging it out in the semis.

Throughout the Louis Vuitton Cup the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, will also have access to the race course four days per week, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes sandwiched around the challengers’ racing.

The America’s Cup Finals are scheduled Sept. 7-21, with racing set for Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The match is a best-of-17 series. Two races are planned each day, lasting approximately 30 minutes, and beginning at 1:10 pm PT and 2:10 pm PT. A break of approximately 30 minutes between races is mandated by the Protocol.

View the complete schedule for the “Summer of Racing”

From: Americascup.com

 

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San Francisco, CA 2012: ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL, in last place position at the start of the final match race, took the overall points to win the the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco Championship.
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ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL celebrates win in AC World Series 2. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

Jimmy Spithill and his crew of Dirk de Ridder, John Kostecki, Jono MacBeth and Joe Newton fought their way back through the fleet in the “Super Sunday” fleet race after starting dead last, and just barely beating stable-mates ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS.

Coming from a near disaster on Saturday when ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL capsized their AV45 Catamaran during the first fleet race of the day, the crew made a heroic comeback to race in the very next heat. The Team also won the August AC World Series San Francisco Championship by one point, previously the closest finish at an AC World Series event.

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ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL capsizes in the middle of the first fleet race in Day 4 of the AC World Series. Photo: Guilain GRENIER

“We’ve always said we need to be able to come from behind and overcome adversity,” said Spithill, who skippered the team to victory in the 2010 America’s Cup. “I thought I gave them that yesterday with the capsize, but it’s really a sign of a strong team. The shore crew, our coaches, it’s been a fantastic team effort.”

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AC45 catamarans race in San Francisco Bay with Alcatraz Island in the background. Photo: Guilain GRENIER/2012

Ainslie drew a penalty in the prestart for “trying to get into a gap that was too small,” he said, adding he didn’t think that’s where he lost. “The first leg upwind was where we lost it because we got stuck in a corner; we got squeezed out and lost a lot of ground to the fleet.”

Russell Coutts said the one-two showing by Spithill and Ainslie is a good sign for Oracle’s prospects of defending the America’s Cup next year. Ainslie will be helming the No. 2 boat for in-house competition to keep Spithill’s crew sharp.

“The writing’s on the wall,” Coutts said. “With another year of practice and trials, it’s going to be a very powerful combination.”

Back Story:

The ACWS was created to whet the appetite for the more prestigious America’s Cup event coming here next summer – 2013. As the current holder of the Cup, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison chose San Francisco Bay as the site and the two weeks of competition this summer became part of the build-up.

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Artemis and Oracle Teams cross the finish line in front of massive crowds along the SF Bay waterfront. Photo: Nancy Birnbaum/2012

Why the two separate racing sessions?

“It allowed the teams to come here and basically race and then train and race again to get used to the conditions,” Murray said. “And also give San Francisco a little education on what the boats are and who the people are.”

As promised, the weather was the better than anyone could have wished for with any fog burning off early from the warm sun. With the Golden Gate Bridge on one side, and the Bay Bridge on the other side with Alcatraz and Angel Island in between, the race course is spectacular indeed. As Oracle Racing Team Owner Larry Ellison said, “The San Francisco Bay is the most spectacular natural amphitheater for sailing!”

The U.S. Coast Guard estimated more than 150,000 spectators on shoreline along America’s Cup Village and more than 1,000 vessels watching on the Bay on just Sunday alone for the final match and Blue Angel Fleet Week air show. San Francisco City Tourism estimated that 1 million visitors were in town for “event-ageddon” to take part in the jam-packed merrymaking for various fairs, sports events and to watch the Fleet Week Airshow.

The Results:
AC World Series San Francisco Fleet Racing Championship (After 7 of 7 races)
1.
 ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL (Jimmy Spithill) 8-1-6-5-DNF-2-1 – 79
2. J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) 1-3-1-2-4-1-4 – 79 points
3. Artemis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson) 10-2-2-1-3-3-3 – 72
4. Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker) 2-8-5-6-1-4-7 – 57
5. ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS (Russell Coutts) 3-5-8-7-8-10-2 – 56
6. Artemis Racing – Red (Nathan Outteridge) 4-4-4-4-9-8-5 – 52
7. Energy Team (Loick Peyron) 6-7-7-3-6-7-6 – 47
8. Team Korea (Peter Burling) 5-9-10-8-2-5-10 – 40
9. Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper) 9-6-3-10-10-6-9 – 36
10. China Team (Phil Robertson) 7-10-11-9-5-11-8 – 28
11. Luna Rossa Swordfish (Iker Martinez) 11-11-9-11-7-9-11 – 20
(Scoring, Races 1-6: 1st = 12 points, 2nd = 10, 3rd = 9, 4th = 8, 5th = 7, 6th = 6, 7th = 5, 8th = 4, 9th = 3, 10th = 2, 11th = 1; Race 7: 1st = 40 points, 2nd = 25, 3rd = 20, 4th = 16, 5th = 13, 6th = 11, 7th = 10, 8th = 9, 9th = 8, 10th = 7, 11th = 6)

AC World Series San Francisco Match Racing Championship
1.
 ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL, 2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 3. Artemis Racing – White, 4.Artemis Racing – Red, 5. ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS, 6. Energy Team, 7. J.P. Morgan BAR, 8.Team Korea, 9. China Team, 10. Luna Rossa Piranha, 11. Luna Rossa Swordfish

Go to AC World Series San Francisco Results

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