Emirates Team New Zealand new top speed: 44.15 knots

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UPDATE: 1245 hours

Emirates Team New Zealand recorded a new top speed today in scoring its fifth point of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series.

On the first leg after the start, Emirates Team New Zealand recorded a speed of 44.15 knots – 50.8 mph/81.7 kph/74.5 feet per second.

UPDATE: 1150 hours

Emirates Team New Zealand has exclusive use of the racecourse beginning at the top of the hour. You can follow the team’s progression around the course via the official America’s Cup app or Virtual Eye.

UPDATE: 1020 hours

Today’s action featuring Emirates Team New Zealand is the first race of Round 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series. The Kiwi crew is scheduled to race Artemis Racing, but the Swedish team is still in the boatshed. There are indications, however, that Artemis Racing could be launched on Tuesday.

Skipper Dean Barker and his mates are scheduled to start at 1215. Today’s weather forecast calls for winds of 18 to 20 knots from 230 degrees (SW).

“The wind is expected to be around 17 knots, and it’s going to be tight with the wind limit,” Regatta Director Iain Murray said. “The limit today is 18.2 knots, with a 1.8-knot ebb tide. We’ve got fingers crossed the wind doesn’t come up too much before the start.”

The race won’t be broadcast on YouTube, but you can follow the team’s progression around the race track via the official America’s Cup app or Virtual Eye.

Before Emirates Team New Zealand takes the racecourse, ORACLE TEAM USA is expected to exercise its defender access period from 1100 to 1145. The defender of the 34th America’s Cup says it will have both of its AC72s on the course, with skipper Jimmy Spithill and afterguard member Ben Ainslie at the helms.

“Today the schedule for us is we dock out at 1000, set up the racecourse and the Special Local Regulation (SLR) is established at 1100,” said Murray. “At 1100 ORACLE TEAM USA takes two boats out and has exclusive use until 1145. The course opens up at 1145 until 1200. At 12 it becomes exclusive to Emirates Team New Zealand until the conclusion of the race, which is just before 1300. Then it becomes open again. And with the tide turning into flood tide (at 1340), we could see up to all four boats (including Luna Rossa Challenge) on the course.”

Emirates Team New Zealand Crew list
Skipper: Dean Barker, Tactician: Ray Davies, Wing trimmer: Adam Beashel, Trimmer: James Dagg, Bow: Richard Meacham, Pit: Jeremy Lomas, Grinders: Chris Ward, Rob Waddell, Grant Dalton, Chris McAsey, Floater/Grinder: Derek Saward

The America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, and America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, are both open today with free access to the public, featuring a full slate of activities.

America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29
10:00 am America’s Cup Park opens to the public
TBC Emirates Team New Zealand fly-by
11:00 am Kids’ World Park Tour – Meet at the “A” by the Main Entrance
12:00–1:00 pm “America’s Cup Magazine Show” with Andy and Tucker plus guests, Presentation Stage
12:15 pm LIVE RACING: Emirates Team New Zealand
2:00–2:30 pm Poster Signing session with Team representatives
5:00–7:00 pm DJ Rick Lee - PUMA YARD
5:00 pm America's Cup Park closes?til late Sports Bar, PUMA remain open until 10:30pm
8:00 pm Concert: Counting Crows and The Wallflowers - America’s Cup Pavilion

America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green
11:00 am America’s Cup Village Opens to the public (Concessions, Merch, Exhibits)
TBC Emirates Team New Zealand fly-by
11:15 am-12:00 pm Pre-Race Live Commentary with Bob Billingham and Tom Ehman
12:15 pm LIVE RACING: Emirates Team New Zealand
1:00–1:15 pm Post-Race Run-Down with Bob Billingham and Tom Ehman
1:30–2:15 pm Full Race Replay on the Big Screen
2:15–3:00 pm Film: AC Discovered on the Big Screen, music at the Beer Garden & Deck
3:00 pm America’s Cup Village Closes

ORIGINAL POST: 0815 hours

Emirates Team New Zealand hits San Francisco Bay today hoping to score its fifth point in five races of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series. But like three of its previous four races, the slick Kiwi crew will be unopposed.

Skipper Dean Barker and mates last raced on Sunday. Since then the team has had its AC72 in the boat tent, performing maintenance and double checking it, and has also had a day off.

After Sunday’s race, grinder Rob Waddell said, “The boat’s had a good workout. It got a good thrashing in yesterday’s (Saturday’s) race (against Luna Rossa Challenge). So we’ll get it in the shed and fix things and make them better.

“We’re feeling positive. We’re chipping away and doing our own thing,” Waddell said.

Emirates Team New Zealand is expected to race the five-leg course today, and the wind is forecast to be strong. Tuesday’s race featured an ebb tide and a wind limit correction of -.3 knots, dropping it 19.7 knots. The ebb will be only stronger today.

The race is scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm PT. It won’t be broadcast on YouTube, but you can follow the team’s progression around the race track via the official America’s Cup app or Virtual Eye.