AC UPDATE – ORACLE had a great start, good downwind speed and led to the leeward mark. But then they made a mistake. They should have jibed on Team NZ before the leeward mark forcing Team NZ in the current, allowing ORACLE to sail up the right side of the course out of the current.
But instead, they positioned themselves to sail in the current letting the Kiwi’s sail in no current and eventually on the first cross, let the Kiwi’s pass them upwind. ORACLE regained the lead upwind but once both boats were in the current, Team NZ had just a little bit more boat speed upwind and led at the weather mark. Then it was follow the leader to the finish with Team NZ beating ORACLE by 47 seconds.
The 3-nautical-mile beats are the proving ground of the 34th America’s Cup, and Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand is doing a better job than defender ORACLE TEAM USA.
For the second consecutive race, Kiwi skipper Dean Barker and crew turned a deficit at the leeward gate, 12 seconds, into a lead at the windward gate, 44 seconds. Emirates Team New Zealand went on to win Race 6 by 47 seconds.
Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series 5-0. The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to win 9 points. For the Kiwis that means four additional race wins and for ORACLE TEAM USA it means 10, due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.
34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
- Emirates Team New Zealand – 5
- ORACLE TEAM USA – 0
Race 6 Performance Data
- Course: 5 Legs/10.14 nautical miles
- Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 31:39, OTUSA – 32:26
- Delta: ETNZ +:47
- Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 12.3 NM, OTUSA – 12.3 NM
- Average Speed: ETNZ – 23.43 knots (27 mph), OTUSA – 22.91 knots (26 mph)
- Top Speed: ETNZ – 38.55 knots (44 mph), OTUSA – 40.21 knots (46 mph)
- Windspeed: Average – 11.6 knots, Peak – 13.4 knots