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UPDATE: 1456 hours

Emirates Team New Zealand earned a split of the day with ORACLE TEAM USA after winning a thrilling Race 10 by 16 seconds.

The Kiwis held the lead early in the race, but the defender made a huge charge on the upwind leg and rounded the windward gate with a 1 second advantage. The two crews split early on the ensuing run and when they came back together it was the Kiwis with starboard advantage and the lead, which they held to the finish. The lead changed hands four times in the race.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads on the scoreboard 7-1, and 7-3 in wins. The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to win 9 points. For the Kiwis that means two additional race wins and for ORACLE TEAM USA it means eight. ORACLE TEAM USA isn’t credited with its first two wins of the match due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.

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

  • Emirates Team New Zealand – 7

  • ORACLE TEAM USA – 1


Race 10 Performance Data

  • Course: 5 Legs/10.02 nautical miles

  • Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 22:00, OTUSA – 22:16

  • Delta: ETNZ +:16

  • Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.8 NM, OTUSA – 11.7 NM

  • Average Speed: ETNZ – 32.25 knots (37 mph), OTUSA – 31.76 knots (36 mph)

  • Top Speed: ETNZ – 43.01 knots (49 mph), OTUSA – 44.98 knots (52 mph)

  • Windspeed: Average – 18.3 knots, Peak – 22.3 knots

  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: ETNZ – 7/7, OTUSA – 7/7


UPDATE: 1442 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand went through the windward gate on opposite tacks and virtually tied, with ORACLE TEAM USA holding a slim 1 second lead.

UPDATE: 1432 hours

With the two crews pacing downwind at 38-40 knots of boatspeed, Emirates Team New Zealand extended its slim 3-second advantage at the first turning mark to 11 seconds at the leeward gate. The wind is still whistling through the rigs, blowing 18-20 knots as the crews head upwind on opposite tacks.

UPDATE: 1427 hours

Emirates Team New Zealand starts to leeward of ORACLE TEAM USA but the defender had speed on the reach and nearly rolled over the top. Emirates Team New Zealand’s leeward position kept it in the lead by 3 seconds at the reach mark.

UPDATE: 1415 hours

The start of Race 10 has been delayed to 1426 hours, due to 30-second winds in excess of the 21.4-knot limit. The clock is restarted and the wind limit is also increased to 21.5 knots.

UPDATE: 1400 hours

Race 10 is scheduled to start at 1415. The wind limit is raised to 21.4 knots for the race and the wind reports from the course show the wind from 250 degrees between 18 and 21 knots.

UPDATE: 1348 hours

Post-race comments:

Dean Barker: “They’re going well. They’ve stepped up. We always expected they would. It’s hard racing... We didn’t get off the start line as we would have liked... We’ll look to do a much better job in the next race this afternoon.

“We felt like we were going just fine. I think they made a nice gain at the bottom gate. It was always going to be hard... they've found another gear in these conditions.

“We know this is going to be a battle, we’ve been saying this from the start... We know we have to keep pushing hard.”

Jimmy Spithill: “What a fantastic effort by the boys. They really, really dug in. It was a physical race. Last night we tuned up the software for the pre-start and we had a great game plan for the start today. Full credit to coach Philippe Presti...”

UPDATE: 1343 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA is a team renewed with vigor after winning Race 9 of the 34th America’s Cup. The defender won the race by 47 seconds over Emirates Team New Zealand in a wire-to-wire victory, one that puts the team’s first point on the scoreboard.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads on the scoreboard 6-1, and 6-3 in wins. The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to win 9 points. For the Kiwis that means three additional race wins and for ORACLE TEAM USA it means eight. ORACLE TEAM USA isn’t credited with its first two wins of the match due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.

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

  • Emirates Team New Zealand – 6

  • ORACLE TEAM USA – 1


Race 9 Performance Data

  • Course: 5 Legs/10.02 nautical miles

  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 21:53, ETNZ – 22:40

  • Delta: OTUSA +:47

  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.3 NM, ETNZ – 11.5 NM

  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 31.63 knots (36 mph), ETNZ – 31.32 knots (36 mph)

  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 42.52 knots (49 mph), ETNZ – 42.54 knots (49 mph)

  • Windspeed: Average – 17.6 knots, Peak – 20.8 knots

  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 8/6, ETNZ – 8/8


 

UPDATE: 1330 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA had great speed on the upwind leg and sailed away from Emirates Team New Zealand. On the 3-nautical-mile leg, the defender stretched its lead from 18 seconds to 33 seconds at the windward gate, beginning the run home.

UPDATE: 1320 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA opened its lead on Emirates Team New Zealand to 18 seconds at the leeward gate. There was a split with ORACLE TEAM USA rounding on port and the Kiwis on starboard.

UPDATE: 1316 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA got the better of the Race 9 start, controlling Emirates Team New Zealand from a leeward position and stalling the match before the two took to the racecourse. ORACLE TEAM USA held a lead of 4 seconds at the first mark.

UPDATE: 1300 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA will have port tack in the Race 9 pre-start maneuvers. The wind is blowing from 235 degrees at 18.7 knots, with a peak of 20.7 knots.

UPDATE: 1220 hours

With about 50 minutes to the start of Race 9 the wind is blowing 15 to 18 knots from about 250 degrees.

UPDATE: 1110 hours

Today stands as perhaps the most pivotal day in the 34th America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA won yesterday’s Race 8 by 52 seconds after Emirates Team New Zealand narrowly averted a capsize that could’ve put paid to their dream of winning the Cup.

Conversely, the win has breathed new life into the defender’s dream of retaining the Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA appeared a faster boat upwind yesterday than it had been in the first four days of racing. A series of modifications on Friday and technique changes seems to have put the defender even with the Kiwis on the upwind leg.

More importantly, yesterday’s victory meant that ORACLE TEAM USA had finally exonerated the penalty imposed by the International Jury. Now, ORACLE TEAM USA starts scoring points with each victory.

If ORACLE TEAM USA can win both of today’s scheduled races, the series starts getting tight for Emirates Team New Zealand. But if the Kiwis sweep today they move to match point and would need one more win to ORACLE TEAM USA’s nine to win the America’s Cup. A split would simply help the Kiwis run out the clock.

Races 9 and 10 are scheduled to start at 1315 and 1415, respectively, and ORACLE TEAM USA has the advantage of port tack in the pre-start maneuvers. The weather forecast is calling for strong winds, which might again be up against the wind limits that have been lowered due to an ebb (outgoing) tide. The base wind limit of 23 knots is reduced to 20.8 knots in Race 9 and 21.4 knots in Race 10.

“If you believe the weather forecasters, we’ll get two races today; the weather forecasts are talking 18-20 knots,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “Today we have a quite strong ebb tide. As we saw yesterday, that makes for a nice even racecourse. It’s good and bad in a way that they’re strong, 2.2 knots in the first race reducing to 1.6 in the second, so a relatively low windspeed.

“The bad news side is that the wind was up to 18 knots earlier,” Murray continued. “It’s come down to 14 knots as the temperature differential further east and here evens out. So it’s going to be close again today. As we keep saying it’s a microclimate and a lot changes quickly.”

In the U.S., the America’s Cup Finals will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Replays will be available on the America’s Cup YouTube channel.

Internationally, the America’s Cup Final can be viewed in more than 170 territories. All racing is also live on America’s Cup YouTube channel (subject to territorial restrictions).

You can also follow racing with America’s Cup App for android and iOS devices.

UPDATE: 0925 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA Crew List
Skipper: Jimmy Spithill (9), Tactician: Ben Ainslie (12), Strategist: Tom Slingsby (10), Wing trimmer: Kyle Langford (8), Jib trimmer: Joe Newton (5), Off-side trimmer: Rome Kirby (4), Grinders: Shannon Falcone (1), Joe Spooner (2), Jono MacBeth (3), Gillo Nobili (6), Simeon Tienpont (7)

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)

Today in America’s Cup history
September 15 is notable for six instances in America’s Cup history:

  • 1887: Volunteer is selected by the New York Yacht Club as the defender yacht to meet Scots challenger Thistle. Thistle was designed by Scotsman George Lennox Watson, whose reputation as a revolutionary and highly successful designer was well known in America where his yachts were winning regatta after regatta, putting considerable fear into the NYYC that the Cup was at risk. Thistle’s challenge resulted in the Deed of Gift to be re-written after the match and it remains the document governing racing for the America’s Cup today.

  • 1930, Race 2, Shamrock V vs. EnterpriseEnterprise wins by 9:34. Shamrock V was Sir Thomas Lipton’s last challenge for the Americas Cup and the first match between yachts built to a class rule, removing a long standing complaint of injustice from the challenger, which had to build a yacht capable of withstanding an oceanic voyage to the venue, while the defender could build a lightweight defender yacht.

  • 1962, Race 1, Gretel vs. WeatherlyWeatherly wins by 3:43. The first non-British challenge for the America’s Cup and the first Australian challenge. It would take seven challenges over 21 years of effort for Australia to win the Cup.

  • 1964, Race 1, Sovereign vs. ConstellationConstellation wins by 5:54. Affectionately known as “Connie,” Constellation holds the record for the greatest victory margin during the 12-Meter era, 20:24. It was the 16th and last British challenge in a match for the America’s Cup, which Sovereign lost 4-0 (there were two Canadian challenges in 1876 and 1881).

  • 1970, Race 1, Gretel II vs. IntrepidIntrepid wins by 5:52. Gretel II was Sir Frank Packer’s last challenge for the Cup before he passed the torch to Alan Bond. It was after a controversial protest during this series that Packer memorably announced, “An Australian skipper complaining to the New York Yacht Club Committee is like complaining to his mother-in-law about his wife”

  • 1983, Race 2, Australia II vs. LibertyLiberty wins by 1:33 after Australia II sails into a hole mid-way through the race, to go up 2-0 in the first-to-four series against the highly touted Australia II, and it looked as if the Defender would win again and the old order would continue.


America’s Cup Park
10:00 am – America’s Cup Park opens, free access to the public
11:00 am – AC72s on moorings
11:00 am – America’s Cup Trophy on display, Big A, Main entrance until 12:00
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
1:00 pm – America’s Cup Trophy on display, Flying on Water until 2:00
1:15 pm – America’s Cup Final 9: ORACLE Team USA vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
2:00 pm – Arr Hour: MOA Bar Drinks Specials – Beer Garden until 6:30
2:15 pm – America’s Cup Final 10: ORACLE Team USA vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
3:00 pm – Post-Race Q&A with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson
3:00 pm – DJ Set: DJ Puzzles from New Zealand at Moa Bar Beer Garden, until 6:00
3:15 pm – Poster Signing with team representatives from ORACLE Team USA
4:00 pm – Poster signing with team representatives from Emirates Team New Zealand
4:00 pm – Race Replay- North Point & Plaza

America’s Cup Village
11:00 am – America’s Cup Village opens, free access to the public
11:05 am – Morning welcome and schedule for the day - main stage
11:45 am – Dock-Out Show live from America’s Cup Park (Pier 27/29) - on the big screens
12:45 pm – Pre-Race Show live from the America’s Cup Park - on the main stage big screen
1:15 pm – America’s Cup Final 9: ORACLE Team USA vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
1:45 pm – Halftime Show shown on the America’s Cup Village big screens
2:15 pm – America’s Cup Final 10: ORACLE Team USA vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
2:50 pm – Post-Race Show - on the main stage big screen
3:00 pm – Post-Race Q&A live from the America’s Cup Park - on the main stage big screen
4:00 pm – Race Replay - shown on the main stage big screen
5:00 pm – America’s Cup Village closes

ORIGINAL POST: 0700 hours

If the sixth day of the 34th America’s Cup is anything like the first five, there’ll be no shortage of action to take your breath away. Some of the highlights to date:

  • Yesterday, Emirates Team New Zealand was “half a degree” away from capsizing and potentially ruining their bid to win the “Auld Mug.”

  • In Race 4 on Thursday, the Kiwis played a game of chicken with ORACLE TEAM USA known as a “dial-down,” where the right-of-way yacht (the Kiwis) makes a course straight for its opponent (ORACLE TEAM USA). In this case, the closing speeds were in excess of 40 knots, white-knuckle stuff more akin to a demolition derby.

  • At various times throughout the regatta ORACLE TEAM USA has stuffed both bows, worrying onlookers who remember last fall’s incident when the defender capsized and nearly lost its first AC72.


“These boats demand a huge amount of respect. Everyone who has sailed one has that respect,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker. “We don’t think these boats are dangerous. You have to manage everything and be on your game. There are all sorts of examples of danger in sport. When pushing on the edge it’s going to be dangerous at times.”

Races 9 and 10 of the series are scheduled today, scheduled to start at 1315 and 1415. Despite yesterday’s loss in Race 8, the Kiwis still hold a 6-point lead.

The 52-second victory was important for the defender because now it’s back at square one. ORACLE TEAM USA had been saddled with a penalty imposed by the International Jury that prevented it from scoring points until after its first two victories. Now that those victories are on the board, skipper Jimmy Spithill says the points won’t be far behind.

“I think we’ve gained a lot in that we’ve improved our boat,” Spithill said yesterday afternoon of the modifications made on Friday. “We came from behind on the upwind leg and passed. That’s a huge confidence booster and exactly what we needed. The guys have more ideas and we’ll come out (today) trying to step it up once more.”