UPDATE: 1332 hours
At 1331, the race committee informed the two teams that racing is postponed for the day. Races 11 and 12 are rescheduled for tomorrow, at 1315 and 1415, and the winds are expected to be much more favorable.
UPDATE: 1330 hours
The start of Race 11 is rescheduled to 1345, and it’s likely there won’t be many more resets of the start cycle. “I’m concerned about the boats getting home safely,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We have a huge amount of wind along the city front. It’s windy and the current’s getting stronger by the minute. We must consider that although today is windy we have more racing to go. When the front passes tonight we’ll get back to good racing tomorrow and the rest of the week.”
UPDATE: 1317 hours
The start of Race 11 is now scheduled for 1332.
UPDATE: 1310 hours
The Race 11 start is now scheduled for 1325.
UPDATE: 1305 hours
The start of Race 11 has been pushed back 5 minutes to 1320 because the wind strength exceeded the 20.1-knot limit for 30 seconds. The start has to be rescheduled every time the 30-second rolling box car average eclipses the limit. The race committee has indicated it will keep trying to start Race 11 until 1345.
UPDATE: 1250 hours
The wind strength continues to bounce above and below the 20.1-knot limit for Race 11. Currently, the race committee plans to begin the start sequence as scheduled at 1310, with a start scheduled for 1315.
UPDATE: 1200 hours
The two crews want to go to the racecourse so Regatta Director Iain Murray will send them out. Wind reports from Regardless indicate the wind is blowing around the Race 11 limit of 20.1 knots. Race 11 is scheduled to start at 1315.
UPDATE: 1108 hours
With a weather forecast calling for winds gusting up to 28 knots coupled with a strong ebb tide, the prospect for racing today is questionable. Regatta Director Iain Murray put today’s forecast in stark terms at his morning briefing. “This is the strongest current day we’ve had all summer. This is getting up towards the day that ORACLE TEAM USA had its difficulty last October,” said Murray.
Murray plans to send the race committee boat, Regardless, to the racecourse to monitor the wind conditions. After the dock-out show, around 1130, he’ll make a decision whether to send the crews to the racecourse or keep them moored at the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29.
“For a long time we’ve known that this would be the toughest tide day. It’s a strong ebb at 2.9 knots (for Race 11) and 2.7 (for Race 12), so we have a low wind limit, 20.1 knots and 20.3 knots for the two races,” said Murray. “Just to compliment the day we have our strongest wind forecast. The committee boat will set up on station and we’ll monitor the situation. We thought it would be tough on Sunday but we got two races in, so fingers crossed.”
UPDATE: 0845 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 17 is notable on many instances in America’s Cup history, particularly in 1974:
- 1930, Race 3, Shamrock V vs. Enterprise – Enterprise wins and Shamrock V fails finish the race. The third race was a disaster for Shamrock V, despite winning the start her main halyard parted on the first leg and she lost her mainsail, leaving Enterprise to continue the course and finish alone to collect its third win in a first-to-four series
- 1934, Race 1, Endeavour vs. Rainbow – Endeavour wins by 2:09. The New York Yacht Club Race Committee exercised discretion and delayed the start for 15 minutes to allow an injured crewman aboard Endeavour to be recovered after injuring himself while up the mast trying to free a halyard. Endeavour started well and was slightly ahead of Rainbow, but Rainbow rounded the mark 18 seconds ahead. Endeavour was clearly the faster down wind and she passed Rainbow to windward 20 minutes after rounding the mark.
- 1964, Race 2, Sovereign vs. Constellation – Constellation wins by 20:24 the largest winning margin in the 12-Meter era.
- 1974, Race 4, Southern Cross vs. Courageous – Courageous wins by 7:19 and successfully defends the America’s Cup. It was Dennis Conner’s introduction to an America’s Cup match as a starting helmsman under Skipper Bob Bavier. Conner brought his trademark aggressive starting tactics, which led Alan Bond to complain, “We are fearful that fouling and striking tactics will be introduced to America’s Cup starts… We deplore this approach, which is degrading to the dignity and prestige of the America’s Cup as one of the world’s most important sporting events, and we are most concerned that this style of racing could be condoned by the NYYC… Apart from unsportsmanlike nature of this approach there is a definite element of danger to the safety of the crews and boats by the adoption of rodeo tactics afloat.”
- 1977, Race 3, Australia vs. Courageous – Courageous wins by 2:32.
- 1983, Race 3, Australia II vs. Liberty – The race was abandoned in light winds with Australia II ahead.
- 2011 – Emirates Team New Zealand wins the America’s Cup World Series Plymouth AC45 match race regatta.
ORIGINAL POST: 0700 hours
As if Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE TEAM USA didn’t deliver enough thrills and spills over the weekend, today the stakes are raised even higher: two more wins for Emirates Team New Zealand and the Kiwis win the America’s Cup for the third time (1995, 2000).
ORACLE TEAM USA, of course, isn’t going to stop believing. The defender was out on San Francisco Bay yesterday practicing and last night got a special shout out at the Journey concert at the America’s Cup Pavilion (see video at bottom). The team has made a noticeable leap with its upwind boatspeed and tactics, and they’ll need both today to stave off the Kiwis march.
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“The development of these two teams through the finals has been immense,” said ORACLE TEAM USA tactician Ben Ainslie. “Where we’d be in six months time, how would we be sailing these boats around the course, would be so much better, so much faster, the handling so much better. Certainly the sailors have enjoyed the challenge of taking on this new class of boat and developing.”
Emirates Team New Zealand will have port tack in the pre-start maneuvers for Race 11 and ORACLE TEAM USA will have it in Race 12. The question is will the conditions prevent the teams from racing? On Sunday Regatta Director Iain Murray intimated that the winds could be too strong and yesterday’s forecast wasn’t favorable. An ebb tide of 3 knots is expected with winds of 20 to 25 knots, gusting higher.
Race 11 is scheduled to start at 1315 and Race 12 at 1415 PT. 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.
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34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
- Emirates Team New Zealand – 7
- ORACLE TEAM USA – 1