UPDATE: 1340 hours
Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 6 by 1:57 and leads Luna Rossa in the series, 5-1. The Kiwis need just two more wins to close out the Louis Vuitton Cup and they’ll get that chance tomorrow. Race 7 is scheduled to start at 1310 PT and Race 8 at 1410.
UPDATE: 1332 hours
Emirates Team New Zealand added to its lead on the upwind leg and rounded the windward gate 1:16 ahead of Luna Rossa Challenge.
UPDATE: 1318 hours
With the wind holding steady from 240 degrees and blowing 14 to 16 knots, Emirates Team New Zealand led through the leeward gate by 50 seconds. Both crews rounded the gate on starboard, and after Luna Rossa cleared through Emirates Team New Zealand tacked to port towards the tidal “cone of silence” behind Alcatraz Island.
UPDATE: 1312 hours
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa crossed the starting line fairly even, but the Kiwis were to windward and simply sped away on the 48-second reach to the first mark. Emirates Team New Zealand leads by 10 seconds at the mark rounding.
UPDATE: 1305 hours
“We’re looking to carry on any improvement we can make around the racecourse. The conditions are difficult today, a much stronger flood tide and with the passing clouds the breeze could be softer than what we’ve seen,” Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand
“We need to be aggressive, in the start tactically, but first we need to make zero mistakes, sail a clean race, give 100 percent and wait for a mistake from Team New Zealand. Everyone can do mistakes,” Francesco Bruni, Luna Rossa Challenge
UPDATE: 1255 hours
The wind is blowing 13 to 16 knots from 240 degrees. Race 6 is expected to start as scheduled at 1310.
UPDATE: 1130 hours
Luna Rossa enters the pre-start on port tack today for Race 6 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final. Today’s race is scheduled to begin at 1310 and can be viewed live in the U.S. on ESPN3, beginning at 1300. Internationally, the racing will be broadcast live on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, subject to territorial restrictions. The full race replay will be available on YouTube shortly after the conclusion of live racing.
The wind strength looks to be 17 to 21 knots, but with a tidal correction factor of +1.8 knots the wind limit is 22.8 knots, which should allow for the completion of the lone race on the schedule.
“No great surprises today,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We expect the wind from the southwest. It won’t be quite as idyllic as the other day, when we got two races in, but we’re expecting 18 to 20 knots. The tide’s coming in, so we have plenty of head room to get the race away.”
Emirates Team New Zealand Crew List
Skipper/helmsman: Dean Barker (14), Tactician: Ray Davies (10), Wing Trimmer: Glenn Ashby (3), Trimmer: James Dagg (9), Bow: Adam Beashel (2), Pit: Jeremy Lomas (8), Pedestal 1: Chris Ward (7), Pedestal 2: Rob Waddell (11), Pedestal 3: Grant Dalton (6), Pedestal 4: Chris McAsey (5), Float/Grinder: Derek Saward (12)
Luna Rossa Challenge Crew List
Skipper/pit: Max Sirena (4), Helmsman: Chris Draper (11), Tactician: Francesco Bruni (9), Wing trim: Xabi Fernandez (4), Wing grinder: Lele Marino (13), Trimmer: Pierluigi de Felice (10), Pit/grinder: Freddie Carr (23), Bow: Nick Hutton (2), Primary grinder: Wade Morgan (88), Strategist/Grinder: Giles Scott (41), Freestyle: Marco Montis (51)
America’s Cup Park
10:00 am – America’s Cup Park opens
11:00 am – AC72s on moorings
11:45 am – Dock-Out Show, Presentation Stage
12:45 pm – Pre-Race Show with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson
1:00 pm – “America’s Cup Race Show” includes live commentary from 1:10pm
1:10 pm – Louis Vuitton Cup Final: Race 6 - Luna Rossa Challenge vs. Emirates Team New Zealand; Post-Race Q&A with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson
2:45 pm – America’s Cup Sweepstake, Plaza
3-3:30 pm – Poster signing session with team representatives
3-5:00 pm – Race Replay, North Point & Plaza
3-6:30 pm – Arr Hour: MOA Bar MOA Bar Drinks Specials – Beer Garden
4-6:00 pm – Sundowner Specials at the America’s Cup Sports Bar presented by Peroni
4-8:00 pm – Peaches DJs featuring Umami, Pony P & ThatGirl, PUMA YARD
7: 00 pm – America’s Cup Park closes, PUMA YARD and Sports Bar open late
America’s Cup Village
11:00 am – America’s Cup Village opens
11:00 am – Morning welcome and schedule for the day, Main Stage
11:45 am – Dock-Out Show, live from the America’s Cup Park, shown on the Main Stage big screen
12:45 pm – Pre-Race Show, live from the America’s Cup Park, shown on the Main Stage big screen
1:10 pm – Louis Vuitton Cup Final: Race 6 - Luna Rossa Challenge vs. Emirates Team New Zealand; Post-Race Show, shown live on the Main Stage big screen; Post Race Q&A, live from the America’s Cup Park, shown on the Main Stage big screen
3:00 pm – Race Replay: Louis Vuitton Cup Final Race 6, shown on the Main Stage big screen
5:00 pm – America’s Cup Village closes
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge resume their rivalry today in Race 6 of the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup Final.
Today’s race is scheduled to begin at 1310 and can be viewed live in the U.S. on ESPN3, beginning at 1300. Internationally, the racing will be broadcast live on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, subject to territorial restrictions. The full race replay will be available on YouTube shortly after the conclusion of live racing.
The Kiwis come into Race 6 owning a 4-1 lead in the series. The first to win 7 points advances to meet ORACLE TEAM USA in the 34th America’s Cup Match.
The Luna Rossa crew is much improved from the start of racing in July, but seems to be running out of time. The Italian crew put forth one of its best efforts in Race 5 on Wednesday, finishing 1:28 behind the Kiwis. But the New Zealand AC72 simply appears faster all around.
“Every day we are coming closer to our opponents, and this proves that what’s penalizing us is the lack of time,” said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena.
Both crews were in the boatshed yesterday, forgoing practice for the upkeep needed to keep the AC72s in racing trim.
“It’s nice to have a buffer now, but we are very aware that any mistake or breakdown and Luna Rossa will be right back in it,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker. “There’s plenty still to do in this best-of-13 series.”
Race 6 is the only heat scheduled today. Races 7 and 8 are scheduled tomorrow.