AC SUNDAY – RACE 9 AND 10 – We will know at the end of today if the wind maximum is not exceeded like yesterday. The forecast was for conditions like yesterday so we may only see one race. If today is anything like the first five, there’ll be no shortage of action to take your breath away. Some of the highlights to date:
- Yesterday, Emirates Team New Zealand was “half a degree” away from capsizing and potentially ruining their bid to win the “Auld Mug.”
- In Race 4 on Thursday, the Kiwis played a game of chicken with ORACLE TEAM USA known as a “dial-down,” where the right-of-way yacht (the Kiwis) makes a course straight for its opponent (ORACLE TEAM USA). In this case, the closing speeds were in excess of 40 knots, white-knuckle stuff more akin to a demolition derby.
- At various times throughout the regatta ORACLE TEAM USA has stuffed both bows, worrying onlookers who remember last fall’s incident when the defender capsized and nearly lost its first AC72.
“These boats demand a huge amount of respect. Everyone who has sailed one has that respect,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker. “We don’t think these boats are dangerous. You have to manage everything and be on your game. There are all sorts of examples of danger in sport. When pushing on the edge it’s going to be dangerous at times.”
The 52-second victory was important for the defender because now it’s back at square one. ORACLE TEAM USA had been saddled with a penalty imposed by the International Jury that prevented it from scoring points until after its first two victories. Now that those victories are on the board, skipper Jimmy Spithill says the points won’t be far behind.
“I think we’ve gained a lot in that we’ve improved our boat,” Spithill said yesterday afternoon of the modifications made on Friday. “We came from behind on the upwind leg and passed. That’s a huge confidence booster and exactly what we needed. The guys have more ideas and we’ll come out (today) trying to step it up once more.”
Wind is higher than the models which are forecasting winds of 17-20 knots. But conditions this morning are windier than expected. A strong ebb current won’t help with the wind limits.
Races 9 and 10 of the series are scheduled today, scheduled to start at 1315 and 1415 pst. To see how you can view todays action check out your options by clicking HERE.
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