Race 14 postponed to Sunday

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UPDATE: 1445 hours

Race 14 of the 34th America’s Cup was postponed today due to unsettled winds on San Francisco Bay.

The race was officially postponed at 2:40 pm PT, the latest possible time to start a race. The wind was strong enough to race, but the direction was too far south from the desired direction of 230 degrees, just west of southwest.

“We saw this day coming a few days ago,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We got the teams together last night to talk about the possibility of a light and variable wind from the south today. We do have an alternate course that we offered up to the teams, but they weren’t interested in sailing that course. They prefered to wait until the wind is back to the southwest on the normal racecourse.

“The racing that’s left is extremely important and the teams don’t want to chance something that they’re not prepared for,” said Murray.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads 8-3 and needs just one more victory to win the America’s Cup for the third time (1995, 2000). ORACLE TEAM USA, on the other hand, needs to win six consecutive races to retain the trophy it won in 2010, after being penalized 2 points by the International Jury.

Race 14 is rescheduled for tomorrow at 1:15 pm PT, with Race 15 scheduled for 2:15 pm PT.

UPDATE: 1420 hours

The start of Race 14 has been rescheduled to 1440 as the race committee waits for the wind settle down.

UPDATE: 1400 hours

The race committee has pushed the start time back to 1430 in the interest of letting the wind settle down. The committee would like to see a direction of 230 degrees across the racecourse. As regatta director Iain Murray intimated this morning, this is far too important a race to have a skewed racecourse.

UPDATE: 1350 hours

Regatta Director Iain Murray said moments ago, “There’s a new cloud front coming through and the wind is 20-30 degrees from where it needs to be.

“The breeze is 175 degrees at the bottom, and that’s not even a course. We’re confident once the front moves through and the skies clear we’ll have favorable wind. It’s just a matter if we get it before cut off time of 1440.

“We’ve set the racecourse up in anticipation of the breeze filling in from the correct direction. But right now the boats are reaching up and down the course, and that’s not what we have in the America’s Cup.”

UPDATE: 1335 hours

The race committee has moved the start time to 1415 and may even reschedule to 1430 as it waits for the breeze to settle down. The wind is blowing around 13 knots but is still swinging through a 20-degree arc, between 210 and 230 degrees, just a bit too far left.

UPDATE: 1305 hours

The race committee has advised that it will attempt a start at 1400, 15 minutes earlier than previously announced.

UPDATE: 1255 hours

Regatta Director Iain Murray has released the two crews from their moorings at America’s Cup Park and is hoping to start a race at 1415. The most recent wind report indicates a strength of 13 to 16 knots from 215 degrees, still too far south to start a race but at least it’s starting to veer.

UPDATE: 1115 hours

It never rains in California, unless the America’s Cup is in town. San Francisco is awash this morning in the first significant rainfall since perhaps February. For ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, this is problematic because of the southerly wind direction, which is skewed about 90 degrees from the racecourse for the 34th America’s Cup.

“Where we’re at is the front is on top of us, it’s raining, light and variable wind, and the little wind that we have is out of the south, which would provide a reaching course up and down our city front racecourse,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray.

“We have varying opinions of when it will pass, but our most optimistic is the front will pass and the breeze will return to southwest around 1330. So we’re likely to have a delay while we wait for the wind to switch. We may not get a race in today or we may get one race, but we probably won’t get two races in. It’s just something we have to wait out. When the breeze shifts we expect 15 knots,” Murray said.

More updates to come.

UPDATE: 0940 hours

Today’s crew lists are the same as yesterday.

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: 0845 hours

Today’s forecast is for a southerly wind. It is not possible to set a racecourse for this wind direction. If the wind is southerly at race time, racing will be postponed until the wind shifts west with the passing of a front. The westerly, when it comes, is forecast to be 16-19 knots.

Today in America’s Cup history

September 21 is noteworthy on three instances, including a clinching win in 1964:

  • 1964, Race 4, Sovereign vs. ConstellationConstellation wins by 15:40 and defends the America’s Cup for the New York Yacht Club, its 19th consecutive defense of the Cup. Sovereign marked the last British appearance in an America’s Cup match after 16 challenges since 1870.

  • 1980, Race 3, Australia vs. FreedomFreedom wins by 53 seconds. Raced in winds of 12-16 knots, Freedom was lucky to win after selecting a light mainsail, not executing its start efficiently, tearing a headsail and spinnaker, messing up a spinnaker hoist and dropping a jib, and losing spinnaker pole overboard. If it were not for a building breeze Freedom would have been trailing the series.

  • 1983, Race 5, Australia II vs. LibertyAustralia II wins a must-win race by 1:47. In a southerly wind at 18 knots before the start, Liberty suffered a rigging failure. Despite not having its mainsail up at the 10-minute pre-start, Liberty forced Australia II over the line early and took a 37-second advantage at the start. The repair to Liberty’s rigging gave way and Australia II tacked out to the left and Liberty gambled on a right-hand shift that never came. Australia II led at the top mark and crossed the finish line 1 minute, 47 seconds in the lead, and closed the score to 3-2 in favor of Liberty.


America’s Cup Park
10:00 am – America’s Cup Park opens, free access to 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 14: 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 15*: 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 – Sweet Mix Kids, 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
7:00 pm – Fall Out Boy with Panic! At the Disco, 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 14: 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 15*: 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: 0655 hours

Through the first 11 days of racing the 34th America’s Cup has delivered it all: close wins, large wins, light winds, strong winds, tacking duels, jibing duels and penalties to boot. It’s all added up to be one of the most fascinating Cup matches in history, and one that makes everyone wonder: What’s gonna happen today?

RELATED STORY: ORACLE TEAM USA victory forces Cup to 11th day

Emirates Team New Zealand remains on match point after narrowly missing a chance to wrap the series yesterday. The Kiwis were about 1 nautical mile from the finish line of Race 13 – and nearly 1 nautical mile ahead of the defender – when it was abandoned because the 40-minute time limit expired.

When it was re-sailed, ORACLE TEAM USA made a nice passing move on the first downwind leg, gaining a penalty on the Kiwis in the process, and sped away to a 1:24 victory, the largest of this series.

“We felt very lucky, but also felt for the Kiwi guys,” said ORACLE TEAM USA tactician Ben Ainslie. “We’ve all been in a position where you have a hand on the trophy and have to come back and do it all again. We felt fortunate. We’ve had a rough time so we’ll ride our luck with that one.”

“Luck’s a great thing. Luck beats skill every time,” said Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies at yesterday afternoon’s press conference. “The odds are firmly in our favor at the moment. We have to go and execute like the first race (yesterday). We have to go out with the same sort of thinking.”

Races 14 and 15 (if necessary) are scheduled for 1315 and 1415. 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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