AC MONDAY UPDATE – RACE 16 description: They are racing! The winner of the start is ORACLE and gets to the first mark first! ORACLE is leading and is extending thier lead… they are sailing 2 knots faster with both boats sailing with code 0′s with a 200 meter lead. The wind filling in from behind helping Team NZ. They gain 100 meters after splitting jibes with ORACLE not covering. ORACLE starts covering…
ORACLE leads around the leeward mark by 100 meters on split tacks. Team NZ gets lighter wind and ORACLE extends lead to 200 meters as they both tack upwind to the weather mark. ORACLE is applying a loose cover with only 100 meter lead.
Almost halfway up the leg ORACLE ahead by 150 meters. ORACLE still applying a loose cover and still leads 150 meters. At the top mark ORACLE rounds ahead of Team NZ by 19 seconds as they split gates.
Down wind ORACLE has a 200 meter lead as they are both sailing at only 25 knots. But Team NZ is closing… only 140 meter lead as ORACLE continues to cover. Halfway down it’s still ORACLE with a slim 140 meter lead. One mistake and Team NZ is right there!
At the leeward mark it’s Oracle as they very wisely make an extra jibe and lead by 20 seconds. ORACLE races to the finish line with Team NZ right behind! ORACLE wins by 33 seconds! STAY TUNED for more… looks like the second race will not happen.
Race 16 Performance Data
- Course: 5 Legs/10.21 nautical miles
- Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 30:43, ETNZ – 31:16
- Delta: OTUSA +:33
- Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.7 NM
- Average Speed: OTUSA – 23.21 knots (27 mph), ETNZ – 22.46 knots (26 mph)
- Top Speed: OTUSA – 38.05 knots (44 mph), ETNZ – 36.61 knots (42 mph)
- Windspeed: Average – 12.0 knots, Peak – 14.1 knots
- Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/10, ETNZ – 10/10
VIRTUAL EYE UPDATE – At 1:36 pt it is just 9 minutes before the start!
UPDATE: 1250 hours
The start of Race 16 has been pushed back to 1330 as the race committee waits for the wind strength to increase. The wind is blowing around 10 knots from 260 degrees near the start line, but at the bottom of the course it’s blowing only 5 knots.
UPDATE: 1235 hours
The wind is hovering around 9 knots from approximately 255 degrees. That’s enough wind to start a race according to the wind limits, but in practicality might be too light. We’ll have to wait and see what the race committee decides approaching the 1315 start time of Race 16.
UPDATE: 1116 hours
It’s a gorgeous morning in San Francisco, perhaps a bit too gorgeous.
“You’ve all been outside and noticed the wind coming from the east. That’s not a good start,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray at his morning briefing. “The forecast is essentially light and variable, magnificent for water skiing. We expect the wind to come from the southwest, it’s a matter of when it happens.
“We’ve got varying forecasts,” Murray said. “The lower end is 9-10 knots at the start up to 14 knots at the finish, and maybe 18 knots towards the end of what would be the second race. It’s a promising day, just a matter of whether it gets going early enough.”
The forecast light winds have led to ORACLE TEAM USA reattaching its bowsprit for today’s racing. Murray said that ORACLE TEAM USA has been issued a new certificate for every race, 15 certificates in total, and Emirates Team New Zealand has had eight or 10 new certificates.
“If they move the top rudder bearing more than 10 millimeters, that’s a new certificate,” said Murray. “For the second race of the day that’s clearly where those changes are because that’s the only thing you can change. They have the ability to mode change the boats quite a bit, and they’re working on the finding the strongest performance with the assets they have.”
Race 16 is scheduled to start at 1315 and Race 17 at 1415. In the U.S. the racing can be viewed on the NBC Sports Network. It will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network until the conclusion of racing.
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