UPDATE: 1412 hours
ORACLE TEAM USA got a penalty on Emirates Team New Zealand on Leg 2 of Race 13 that allowed the defender to gain the lead. Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew then held on for a 1 minute, 24-second win to live another day at the 34th America’s Cup.
Skipper Dean Barker and the Kiwi crew nearly had the America’s Cup wrapped up in the first attempt at Race 13 today, but the 40-minute time limit expired with the crew little more than 1 nautical mile from the finish.
Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series by 8 wins against ORACLE TEAM USA's 5 wins. The Kiwis need just one more point to win the 34th America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA needs six more points to retain the trophy it won in 2010, following a 2 point penalty from the International Jury.
Races 14 and 15 (if necessary) are scheduled for tomorrow.
34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
- Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
- ORACLE TEAM USA – 3
Race 13 Performance Data
- Course: 5 Legs/10.08 nautical miles
- Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 27:20, ETNZ – 28:44
- Delta: OTUSA +1:24
- Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 10.9 NM, ETNZ – 10.8 NM
- Average Speed: OTUSA – 24.16 knots (28 mph), ETNZ – 22.63 knots (26 mph)
- Top Speed: OTUSA – 33.90 knots (39 mph), ETNZ – 33.74 knots (39 mph)
- Windspeed: Average – 9.8 knots, Peak – 13.2 knots
- Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 5/7, ETNZ – 6/8
UPDATE: 1452 hours
ORACLE TEAM USA rounded the windward gate 46 seconds ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand beginning the penultimate leg to the finish line.
UPDATE: 1441 hours
ORACLE TEAM USA gained the lead on the run, using the advantage of starboard tack to get a penalty on Emirates Team New Zealand. ORACLE TEAM USA went through the gate just ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand, which got dead slow approaching the mark and rounded 20 seconds after the defender.
UPDATE: 1434 hours
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker fended off ORACLE TEAM USA from getting a leeward hook by less than 10 feet and led onto the racecourse in Race 13. The Kiwis led by 3 seconds at the first turning mark. The wind is blowing 12 knots and although both crews have the Code 0 gennakers hoisted they aren’t unfurled.
UPDATE: 1418 hours
The wind is still light, around 10 knots, and blowing from 235 degrees. The second attempt at Race 13 is scheduled to start at 1433 hours. The Kiwis nearly had the America’s Cup wrapped up in that race, can they rebound and put forth another strong performance in the light winds?
From Ray Davies, Emirates Team New Zealand tactician: “It was a bit of a shame. We were having a good race, just not enough breeze to finish in 40 minutes. Today was a bit of a shame really. We feel like we’re sailing well in these conditions and feel like the crew’s working well. Halfway down the last run Dean (Barker, skipper) mentioned the time limit. I had a look at my watch at that moment and we had 6 minutes to go, and realized it was unlikely.”
From Ben Ainslie, ORACLE TEAM USA tactician: “The old adage it’s better to be lucky than good, I think that was the case in that race. We had a nice start, Jimmy (Spithill, skipper) did a good job. We were covering on run and they did a slightly better job jibing. We were staring down the barrel of defeat, but the time limit came into play. We had a problem with the halyard and sheets on the Code 0 gennaker. It wasn’t our smoothest race crew work-wise, and we’ve had a discussion on what we can do to clear that up.”
UPDATE: 1408 hours
Regatta Director Iain Murray said he’s hopeful that a second race can be run this afternoon. “We saw bits of 11 knots of wind and also down to 7 knots, with big changes in direction from 210 to 260 degrees. The tactics after the start, with the boats luffing each other, slowed the race down a lot. The breeze has averaged up and we’re set to run another race in 30 minutes.”
The next race is considered Race 13, meaning Emirates Team New Zealand will have port tack in the pre-start maneuvers. The start is scheduled for 1433 hours.
UPDATE: 1400 hours
Emirates Team New Zealand’s hopes of winning the America’s Cup were temporarily thwarted by the time limit. The Kiwis led Race 13 by more than 1000 meters on the second downwind leg when the 40-minute time limit expired. The crew had just over 1 nautical mile remaining to the finish when the time limit expired.
The race committee will attempt to rerun Race 13 at 1433 hours.
UPDATE: 1358 hours
ORACLE TEAM USA cleared up the halyard problem and has unfurled the Code 0 gennaker. The problem was due to a snarled sheet that had to be replaced.
UPDATE: 1352 hours
ORACLE TEAM USA rounded the windward gate 2:27 behind the Kiwis. The crew isn’t using the Code 0 gennaker presumably due to a problem with the halyard.
UPDATE: 1350 hours
Emirates Team New Zealand has rounded the windward gate with a significant advantage on ORACLE TEAM USA, but the wind may not be strong enough to propel the Kiwis to the finish line before the 40-minute time limit expires. The Kiwis need to finish by 1400 for the race to count.
UPDATE: 1336 hours
Emirates Team New Zealand rounded the leeward gate almost 14 minutes after the start. ORACLE TEAM USA rounded 1:42 in arrears. With a race time limit of 40 minutes, the first boat needs to finish by 1400 for the race to count.
UPDATE: 1330 hours
The two crews are on the first downwind leg working towards the leeward gate. The wind is still very light, between 8-10 knots, and is threatening the time limit for the race of 40 minutes. Emirates Team New Zealand has worked out a big lead by picking its way through the puffs.
UPDATE: 1323 hours
ORACLE TEAM USA got the better of the start in light winds, crossing the line slightly bow out on Emirates Team New Zealand. The reach to the first mark was hardly the screaming leg we’ve seen in the past with the winds just 8 knots. ORACLE TEAM USA luffed up the Kiwis approaching the mark but didn’t really gain a significant advantage. Both crews unfurled their Code 0 gennakers and jibed to port to round the first mark. ORACLE TEAM USA led by 10 seconds at the mark.
UPDATE: 1314 hours
With 3 minutes to the start of Race 13 the Race Committee postponed the sequence because the entry box was not aligned properly. The start has been rescheduled to 1320 hours.
UPDATE: 1310 hours
With the light winds both crews have Code 0 gennakers hoisted.
For our International Race fans, please use this link to view the race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmbRX6EQ5Tg. In the U.S. the racing can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
UPDATE: 1305 hours
There is heavy fog on the racecourse. While it might play havoc with the helicopters broadcasting images from the racecourse -- the ceiling is 100 feet at the top end of the course and higher at the bottom end – it shouldn’t prevent racing. The average wind strength is 8 knots from 225-230 degrees.
UPDATE: 1255 hours
Some 20 minutes before the start of Race 13 the 30-second wind average is down to 6 knots from 225 degrees.
UPDATE: 1230 hours
Approximately 45 minutes to the start of Race 13, the wind on the racecourse is blowing 10 knots from a wide arc between 230 and 260 degrees.
UPDATE: 1130 hours
Races 13 and 14 are on the slate today, scheduled to start at 1315 and 1415 respectively. With a cold front approaching the Northern California region today’s weather is a bit unstable. The front was forecast to increase winds tonight, but that build has started earlier than expected.
The original forecast called for winds of 10 to 15 knots with clouds increasing throughout the afternoon. But Regatta Director Iain Murray says the wind is already building.
“It’s getting windier than that on racecourse. Already it’s blowing 15-18 knots at Anita Rock, in the sheltered part of San Francisco Bay, and more than that on Treasure Island,” said Murray.
High tide in San Francisco is scheduled for 1249, which means there’ll be a slight increase in the base 23-knot wind limit for Race 13 (23.3 knots) and then a decrease for Race 14 (21.3 knots).
“Were expecting the breeze to build all day and be very windy tonight,” Murray said. “We were confident of getting some races in on the earlier forecast, but the reality of what we see out there on the racecourse, it is windier – and this is pre-frontal as front comes through – we’ll have to play it by ear.”
As for the teams, ORACLE TEAM USA was issued another certificate again this morning, its 13th in 13 races. A new certificate has to be issued for the slightest of changes, such as moving the rudderhead 10 millimeters, so it’s not surprising that the defender has constantly changed its boat in the search for the perfect setup. Today, the most notable change was the addition of the bowsprit, perhaps due to the original light-wind forecast.
Emirates Team New Zealand will have port tack in the Race 13 pre-start and ORACLE TEAM USA will be on port in Race 14.
UPDATE: 0925 hours
The crew lists are out and if you’re like America’s Cup commentator Gary Jobson, who believes Grant Dalton is a lucky charm for Emirates Team New Zealand, you’ll be biting your nails. Dalton is replaced on Pedestal 3 by Winston MacFarlane.
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)
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 13: ORACLE Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand
2:15 pm – America’s Cup Final 14*: ORACLE Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand
3:00 pm – Weekend Kick Off – Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw), House Shoes (Street Corner Music) and E. DA Boss (Myron & E/ Stones), until 7:00
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
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
8:00 pm – Concert: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, America’s Cup Pavilion
America’s Cup Village
11:00 am – America’s Cup Village opens, free access to 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 13: 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 14*: 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
ORIGINAL POST: 0700 hours
Defender ORACLE TEAM USA and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand return to the racecourse today with the scenario exactly the same as yesterday: no margin for error.
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Emirates Team New Zealand stands on match point, leading 8-2 and needing one more point to close out the series. ORACLE TEAM USA can’t afford another loss. Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew put together a masterful performance in yesterday’s Race 12, winning by 31 seconds to stave off elimination. They need to repeat that performance similarly over the next seven races to retain the Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand also has no margin for error. The longer the series drags out the better the defender’s chances of victory. Skipper Dean Barker needs to put forth a better performance in the prestart today. Yesterday he got too close to the start line, which allowed Spithill to get a late hook and take a 6-second advantage onto the racecourse.
Races 13 and 14 are on the slate today, scheduled to start at 1315 and 1415 respectively. If ORACLE TEAM USA wins the first race, the chances of the second race seem better today than the past few days because the tidal influence should be less. High tide in San Francisco is scheduled for 1249, which would mean the ebb factor isn’t as great today.