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UPDATE: 1438 hours

Race 13 was postponed with less than 2 minutes to the start because the wind exceeded the prescribed limit of 20 knots, which was lowered from 20.3 knots due to the start time being pushed so late.

UPDATE: 1408 hours

The wind strength keeps exceeding the 20.3-knot limit and has forced the race committee to push back the start time to 1425.

UPDATE: 1400 hours

Similar to yesterday, Emirates Team New Zealand will swap out the Pedestal 3 grinder, replacing Grant Dalton with Winston MacFarlane. “Winston will aboard for the next race,” said Dalton, the team’s general director. “We need more muscle on board.”

The wind speed is up to 18-19 knots, just below the 20.3-knot limit prescribed for Race 13. The race is scheduled to start at 1415.

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: Winston MacFarlane (4), Pedestal 4: Chris McAsey (5), Float/Grinder: Derek Saward (12)

UPDATE: 1350 hours

With no margin for error, ORACLE TEAM USA staved off elimination in the 34th America’s Cup by winning Race 12 by 31 seconds.

Team skipper Jimmy Spithill did a tremendous job in the pre-start, gaining a late hook to leeward of Emirates Team New Zealand about 20 seconds before the start and forcing the Kiwis to tack away to stay clear and avoid a foul.

Spithill took his crew onto the racecourse 6 seconds ahead of the Kiwis and then led wire-to-wire to force another race.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series 8-2 and needs one more point to win the America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA needs to win seven consecutive races to retain the trophy it won in 2010.

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

  • Emirates Team New Zealand – 8

  • ORACLE TEAM USA – 2


Race 12 Performance Data

  • Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles

  • Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 23:49, ETNZ – 24:20

  • Delta: OTUSA +:31

  • Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.6 NM

  • Average Speed: OTUSA – 29.90 knots (34 mph), ETNZ – 29.01 knots (33 mph)

  • Top Speed: OTUSA – 42.62 knots (49 mph), ETNZ – 41.24 knots (47 mph)

  • Windspeed: Average – 14.8 knots, Peak – 16.3 knots

  • Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/6, ETNZ – 10/8


UPDATE: 1332 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA held its lead at the windward gate, rounding 10 seconds ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand. The two crews traded 10 tacks on the upwind leg, but ORACLE TEAM USA maintained the lead all the way.

UPDATE: 1321 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA rounded the leeward gate on port tack and with an 11-second lead over Emirates Team New Zealand, which rounded on starboard and began heading inshore towards stronger ebb tide.

UPDATE: 1316 hours

ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill completely outmaneuvered Emirates Team New Zealand in the pre-start, gaining a late hook with about 20 seconds to the start and forcing the Kiwis to tack away to avoid a foul. After all of that, however, ORACLE TEAM USA led by only 5 seconds at the first turning mark.

UPDATE: 1255 hours

The wind on the racecourse continues to blow around 14 to 16 knots and has backed to a direction of 235-240 degrees.

UPDATE: 1215 hours

At one hour before the start of Race 12, the wind on the racecourse is blowing 14-16 knots from 255-260 degrees. Race 12 is scheduled to start at 1315.

UPDATE: 1115 hours

The weather conditions today seem to be shaping up very similar to yesterday – light to moderate winds for the first race followed by stronger winds for the second. The question remains as to how strong it will build. Some models show it topping out around 18 knots while others have it bouncing off the 20.3-knot limit for the second race.

“It’s very similar to yesterday. The thing that is different is that we’re starting to head to flood tides,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “The tidal correction factor is only -.8 in the first race, but in the second it’s back up to -2.7. So we’ll rattle on with the wind limits of 22.2 knots and 20.3 knots for the two races on the designated starting times.”

ORACLE TEAM USA has port entry for the pre-start in both of today’s races. Race 12 is scheduled to start at 1315 and Race 13, if necessary, at 1415.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads the match 8-1 on the scoreboard (8-3 in race wins) and needs just one more victory to close out the match and win the America’s Cup for the third time (1995, 2000). ORACLE TEAM USA needs to win eight consecutive races to retain the trophy it won in 2010.

UPDATE: 0825 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

Three instances on September 19 are noted, in particular the “lights protest”:

  • 1964, Race 3, Sovereign vs. ConstellationConstellation wins by 6:33.

  • 1980, Race 2, Australia vs. FreedomAustralia wins by 28 seconds after sunset, the first win by a challenger since Gretel II’s 1:02 win 10 years earlier in 1970. Dennis Conner, skipper of Freedom, protested Australia for failing to rig lights after sunset as required by the rules and by the International Collision Regulations. The Australians had attempted to do so, but their lights were not working and in the rush to rig them port and starboard were interchanged. With Australia at risk of being stripped of its win, another major America’s Cup protest incident began to brew. The Freedom team was split as to whether the protest should be pursued or not, the older members generally being against it, the younger insisting. The New York Yacht Club Committee was similarly divided. The International Jury refused to allow Freedom to withdraw the protest after it had been filed, but the Jury dismissed it due to a typographical error, and a controversy was avoided.

  • 1989 – New York Supreme Court First Division overturned an earlier New York Supreme Court decision awarding the America’s Cup to the Mercury Bay Boating Club for defending in a multihull yacht against a monohull yacht of the challenger, and restored victory to the San Diego Yacht Cup. Mercury Bay later unsuccessfully appealed to the New York Court of Appeals the highest court having jurisdiction over the 1887 Deed of Gift.


America’s Cup Park
10:00 am – America’s Cup Park opens, free access to the public
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 1:15pm, until 3:00
1:15 pm – America’s Cup Final 12: ORACLE Team USA vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
2:15 pm – America’s Cup Final 13*: ORACLE Team USA vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
3:00 pm – Post-Race Q&A with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson
3:00 pm – Arr Hour: MOA Bar Drinks Specials - Beer Garden until 6:30
3.15 pm – Poster Signing with team representatives from ORACLE Team USA
3:45 pm – America’s Cup Sweepstake, Plaza
4:00 pm – Poster signing with team representatives from Emirates Team New Zealand
4:00 pm – Race Replay, North Point & Plaza
4:00 pm – Sundowner Specials at the America’s Cup Sports Bar presented by Peroni, until 6:00
5:00 pm – Clear Channel Presents DJ Jay Plus (Wild 94.9)

America’s Cup Village
11:00 am – America’s Cup Village opens
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 12: 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 13*: 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
(*If necessary)

ORIGINAL POST: 0700 hours

Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE TEAM USA return to the racecourse today for Races 12 and 13 of the 34th America’s Cup. If the Kiwis can win either race, the series will end with the tiny island nation in the South Pacific the new America’s Cup champions.

Emirates Team New Zealand enters the day leading the series 8-1 and needs just one more victory to hoist the Auld Mug for the third time (1995, 2000). ORACLE TEAM USA needs to win eight consecutive races to stave off the Kiwis’ charge and retain the trophy it won in 2010.

Rival skippers Dean Barker and Jimmy Spithill have wheeled around their AC72s like singlehanded dinghies in the pre-start. Each has spoken of the closeness of the boats despite the different design approaches. Races 4 (ORACLE TEAM USA by 8 seconds), 10 (Emirates Team New Zealand by 16 seconds) and 11 (Kiwis by 15 seconds) all rank in the top-10 closest races in America’s Cup Match history. The Kiwis have won two of those three, which has enabled them to open a nearly insurmountable lead.

“It’s hard to believe that the match would’ve been this close between two teams with different design concepts,” said Barker. “Both teams have reacted very well to what they’ve observed of the other team, and the boats have come together in terms of performance and strengths and weaknesses. It’s quite unbelievable that the two boats are so close in performance across a wide range f conditions.”

Race 12 is scheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT, followed by Race 13 (if necessary) at 2:15 pm PT. The wind is forecast to be similar to today, light to moderate for the first race and building for the second race.

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.

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