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Fleet Race Four – Summary
Fleet race four started like the previous one, with Spithill barging across the starting line to take an early lead. But this time Dean Barker’s crew had an answer on the first upwind leg, working a favorable path up the shoreline, away from the adverse current running down the race course, to take steal the lead. Loick Peyron’s Energy Team too, passed Spithill and then Nathan Outteridge squeezed past on the next leg. But the ORACLE TEAM USA crew fought back to ease around the top mark just behind the Kiwis. Barker and crew held their position however, extending away to finish, with Spithill relegated to third place for the first time in Newport.
Fleet Race Three – Results
1. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL
2. Team Korea
3. Emirates Team New Zealand
4. Artemis Racing
5. Luna Rossa Piranha
6. Luna Rossa Swordfish
7. Energy Team
8. ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS (did not finish)
Fleet Race Three - Summary
ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill continued its winning ways on Saturday, first claiming top spot in the AC500 Speed Trial and then winning the first fleet race. The American team has won the first three fleet races in the regatta to open up an impressive margin on the leaderboard. On Saturday afternoon, Spithill threaded the needle at the start, just squeezing between the Race Committee boat and two of his competitors, to hit the starting line as the gun fired at top speed. From there, Spithill extended away while his rivals were engaged in battle behind him. Nathan Outteridge and his Team Korea had an impressive race in second place, holding off Emirates Team New Zealand, as Dean Barker threatened early, but couldn’t make the passing move and settled for third. Artemis Racing made its way up from near the back of the fleet to take fourth. Meanwhile ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS withdrew from the race at the halfway point with equipment problems, after hitting one of the mark boats.
Results – AC500 Speed Trial
1. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL – 24.77 knots
2. Energy Team – 24.00 knots
3. Team Korea – 23.79 knots
4. Artemis Racing – 23.72 knots
5. Luna Rossa Swordfish – 23.59 knots
6. ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS – 23.54 knots
7. Luna Rossa Piranha – 23.48 knots
8. Emirates Team New Zealand – 23.17 knots