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06-02-2017, 03:46 PM
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Groupama Team France will not progress to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs after losing today (2nd June) to Emirates Team New Zealand. However, according to Helmsman Franck Cammas, the team will leave with a “smile” on their faces after their final race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Saturday 3rd June.

Heading into today’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 race against Emirates Team New Zealand, the French team, on two points at the bottom of the standings, knew they had to win to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

It was a challenge Groupama Team France could not rise to, with defeat confirming that they will not progress from the first round of competition in the 35th America’s Cup.

However, after exceeding the expectations of many, and their own, and enjoying the highs of upsetting both Artemis Racing and Land Rover BAR, much to the delight of the whole team, Groupama Team France have one race left. They face Artemis Racing in Round Robin 2, race 14, and will then leave this cycle of the America’s Cup with their pride fully intact.

“We are all extremely proud of the work we have done throughout this America’s Cup,” said Cammas.

“Standing here after where we were, even two weeks ago, we have definitely finished with a smile on our faces.

“My feeling is as expected really because we didn’t have big expectations at the start.

“I am really happy with the whole team and I am proud of everything we have managed to achieve.”

In the first race of the day (Round Robin 2, race 8), Emirates Team New Zealand again showed their pedigree with a near perfect performance, easily overcoming SoftBank Team Japan.


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The Kiwis, who came into the day sitting second in the standings, just a point behind ORACLE TEAM USA, started the race in the best possible fashion, timing their pre-start perfectly to out-manoeuvre the Japanese team and race clear of their rivals from the start line.

SoftBank Team Japan’s pursuit of the Kiwis was a dealt a blow on leg 3/7 as they suffered a big nosedive while attempting a tack, allowing Emirates Team New Zealand to extend their lead to 23 seconds by the third gate.

It was a lead Peter Burling and his team would not relinquish, sailing magnificently and staying up on their foils for an incredible 99.6% of the whole race, finally easing over the finish line 51 seconds ahead of their Japanese rivals.

The Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’, ORACLE TEAM USA, took to the water in race 9, but it was their opponents Artemis Racing who claimed the spoils with a pivotal victory in the Swedish team’s aims of qualifying for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

Heading into the encounter on just two points, the same amount as bottom-placed Groupama Team France, Artemis Racing knew victory in their two scheduled races today would guarantee their progress from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.

A perfect pre-start enhanced their chances of victory as they raced clear of ORACLE TEAM USA heading towards the first mark.

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One of Artemis Racing’s two victories in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers prior to the race had come against ORACLE TEAM USA and building on their early lead from the start line, they ultimately repeated that feat, never giving up the lead as ORACLE TEAM USA had no response in their pursuit.

Remaining calm, particularly following a slight nosedive on leg 5, Artemis Racing recovered quickly to cross the finish line 24 seconds ahead of ORACLE TEAM USA.

The victory took them on to three points in the standings, which followed by Groupama Team France’s crucial defeat, proved enough to seal their progression into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

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“Today was redemption day for us,” said Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge on his team’s vastly improved performances.

“Before today, we had some serious talks amongst ourselves about everything because we had gone from performing really well in practice races to having to question being able to qualify. (for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs).

“We took a step back to see what needed improving and I felt we saw those improvements today.”

That victory for Artemis Racing piled the pressure on Groupama Team France ahead of their battle against the high-flying Emirates Team New Zealand in the very next race (race 10). Franck Cammas’ team knew they had to win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs alive.

However, it was a challenge Groupama Team France could not overcome as their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers challenge ended following a disappointing defeat. Groupama Team France have one race left, against Artemis Racing in Round Robin 2, race 14, but the results today mean they cannot progress into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

Ultimately, they failed to muster a strong challenge against the ever-impressive Emirates Team New Zealand, who led from start to finish in what proved a faultless display, finally crossing the line four minutes and six seconds ahead of the French team.

Not only did Emirates Team New Zealand manage to become the first team to complete an entire race on their foils, but in claiming a second victory of the day, they moved on to eight points in the standings which sees them move above ORACLE TEAM USA for the first time. Additionally, the Kiwis became the first team to complete a race whilst staying on their foils 100% of the time around the racecourse.

“The boys all floated the idea of being able to foil for an entire race, It is always the goal and I’m delighted we managed to achieve that,” said Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling, who face ORACLE TEAM USA in a showdown for top spot in the standings tomorrow (Saturday).

“We are all really happy to be top of the standings. Everyone in the team has worked really hard and we have executed our races really well.

“I’m really excited for the race against ORACLE TEAM USA tomorrow. It is a big race for us and it will be great to test ourselves under the pressure.”

Meanwhile, ORACLE TEAM USA’s Jimmy Spithill is relishing the monumental battle that lies ahead against their Kiwi rivals.

“It is a big one tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it,” said Spithill.

“Being in a position where if we beat the Kiwis we get the bonus point is nice.

“We are all really pumped up for that one, it will be one hell of a race.”

After enjoying a morale-boosting victory over ORACLE TEAM USA in race 9, and having their progress into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs confirmed following Groupama Team France’s defeat to Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing claimed a second consecutive win of the day by overcoming SoftBank Team Japan in Friday’s final race (race 11).

From the outset, victory never seemed in doubt as the Swedish Team got off the start line ahead of SoftBank Team Japan and led from there on.

SoftBank Team Japan refused to give up the battle, remaining under 20 seconds behind Artemis Racing throughout the entirety of the race. However, there was to be no late drama as the Swedish team maintained their advantage to cross the line 18 seconds ahead of their opposition.

“Today was a disappointing day,” said SoftBank Team Japan helmsman Dean Barker.

“We were close in both races today but we just could not get a victory.”

Ends

Find full results from today and all previous days of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers HERE!! (https://www.americascup.com/en/results.html)

Prince of Whales
06-05-2017, 11:27 AM
Control arm breaks on BAR in race one today.

Can't make race 2. ETNZ up 2-0

Japan defeats Artemis in race 1. Race 2 yet to come.

Prince of Whales
06-05-2017, 11:48 AM
Neck and neck between Artemis and Softbank

Prince of Whales
06-05-2017, 11:55 AM
Artemis sails away on leg 6, no slacking on downwind leg!

Delta 29 seconds

1-1

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06-05-2017, 01:47 PM
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After Mother Nature put paid to the scheduled first day of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs action, Bermuda presented the four teams contesting the second stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup with clear skies, perfect race conditions and good winds. Those conditions helped to produce a day of contrasts, with fantastic competition in one half of the Semi-Final table, and heartbreak for Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR in the other.

The duels between Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing and Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan provided close competitive racing, both teams recording a win and a loss in their opening two races of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals.

In contrast, a technical issue put paid to Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR’s afternoon. There was drama right from the off in the battle between the British team and Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand, but an issue with the Land Rover BAR wingsail handed victory to the Kiwis.

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The British team discovered a technical issue with their wingsail, sending them back to their base to try and take out the damaged wingsail and replace it with a spare, but they were unable to send their boat back out and had to forfeit their second race of the day. That meant that Emirates Team New Zealand won both races, their second one by default as Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR were unable to make the start.

“We’ve had a really tough day and unfortunately we suffered a breakdown in the wingsail control system,” conceded Ainslie.

“We got back to the dock to try and fit our spare wing but we just could not get back out in time for the second race.

“It is extremely disappointing to lose two races to Emirates Team New Zealand in that way but a positive to take is that we had some good gains in our speed and we will keep fighting all the way.

“These boats are really high-tech and we are pushing them to the limits. It was unfortunate what happened and we certainly did not need that today, but that’s life.

“The shore crew will be working into the night to fix the wing. They have been fantastic throughout the whole competition and no doubt we’ll come back stronger tomorrow.”

In the race one pre-start sequence Burling out manoeuvred his opposite number Ainslie, Emirates Team New Zealand timing their approach to the start line to perfection, allowing them to gain the early advantage over Land Rover BAR heading towards the first mark. Press reports before the race suggested Ainslie would be ultra-aggressive in the pre-start, but he was bettered by Burling whose team pulled out into a six second lead at the second gate, before a dramatic moment ended the race before it had really started.

Heading out of gate two, and into the third leg, Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR ACC boat suddenly came off its foils and into the water, halting any momentum and allowing Emirates Team New Zealand to race ahead into a huge lead.

As the British team discussed the issue with their race boat out on the water it was quickly clear that their race was over. Ainslie radioed through to the on-water ACRM umpires to confirm that Land Rover BAR would retire from the race, ending their race one challenge and handing victory to Emirates Team New Zealand.

The damage suffered in the first race ultimately ended Land Rover BAR’s involvement in the day’s action. Sir Ben Ainslie’s team were unable to return to the start line for their second scheduled Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Final against Emirates Team New Zealand.

As a result, Peter Burling’s team only had to cross the start line in the scheduled third race of the afternoon to clinch victory, which they duly did, taking a two-point advantage over the British team in the process.

“It looked like we were in for a really exciting race against Land Rover BAR in the first race until they had that major failure,” said Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling, who has urged his team to stay focused despite enjoying a 2-0 lead over Sir Ben Ainslie’s team.

“It’s never nice to see that sort of thing happen to anyone but unfortunately that’s part of sailing.

“Obviously for us it is great to take the two points and enjoy what proved an easy day for us.

“However, the pressure is certainly not off of us. We’ve seen in the races so far that the teams are so close and things can change quickly so we have to stay focused going forward.”

The second race of the day, and the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Final encounter between Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan and Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing, proved less dramatic but no less enthralling as the Japanese team sealed their important first point against the Swedes.


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After an even start, it was Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing who stole the early lead, reaching the first mark narrowly ahead of the Japanese team.

However, the tides turned on leg three of seven, as a perfectly executed manoeuvre from Dean Barker saw him pass Nathan Outteridge as SoftBank Team Japan snatched the lead heading into gate three.

It was an advantage they would not relinquish for the remainder of the race, maintaining a steady lead over Artemis Racing with Dean Barker holding his nerve to bring his SoftBank Team Japan over the finish line 23 seconds ahead of their rivals.

The scheduled third race of the afternoon was due to be Emirates Team New Zealand against Land Rover BAR, but the damage to Sir Ben Ainslie’s team’s wingsail put paid to the action on-water, so attention turned to Barker vs Outteridge, round two.

Having lost the first encounter, Nathan Outteridge came back fighting to clinch a crucial win and level the scores at 1-1.

In contrast to the first encounter, it was Dean Barker who won the pre-start duel to claim the early advantage, with Nathan Outteridge trying and failing with a penalty call.

However, Barker was not to have it his own way as the race progressed into a topsy-turvy encounter with multiple lead changes, particularly during leg five when Artemis Racing came out of the gate five turn with a slender lead.

Under pressure, Dean Barker made a costly and ultimately crucial mistake, tacking poorly to all but end SoftBank Team Japan’s challenge and hand the advantage to Artemis Racing.

It was a gift that Outteridge seized upon, opening up a clear gap on leg six, rounding the final mark before crossing the finish line safely ahead of his rival to level the scores and leave the tie finely poised heading into tomorrow’s scheduled races.

“We had a really good first race and we were delighted with our sailing to take that first victory,” said SoftBank Team Japan helmsman Dean Barker.

“In the second race, we had a good start and were leading comfortably but a bad gybe from ourselves allowed them (Artemis Racing) to take control.

“It is never ideal to have a poor manoeuvre like that but we go away and refocus on what we need to do going forward.”

In reply, Artemis Racing’s helmsman Nathan Outteridge was satisfied with his team’s performance overall in what proved a close battle against Dean Barker.

“I’m very happy overall to get a point on the board,” said Outteridge.

“We had two tough battles but we sailed really well and I thought the pace of the boat was great throughout the day.

“I think we were unfortunate to lose the first race because we let them through but in the second race we kept the hammer down and took a nice win.

“We backed ourselves and got an important win and that is really pleasing to take away.”

Race 1: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR (Land Rover BAR retired)
Race 2: SoftBank Team Japan beat Artemis Racing by 23 seconds
Race 3: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR (race terminated)
Race 4: Artemis Racing beat SoftBank Team Japan by 29 seconds

Built to List
06-05-2017, 02:17 PM
The Land Rover boat seems as reliable as the Land Rover vehicles.

Just saying.

Honey Badger
06-05-2017, 03:28 PM
1st team to 5 points in this round?

The Flasher
06-05-2017, 03:46 PM
Will Kate stop seeing Ben on the side if this blows up?

Photoboy
06-06-2017, 02:50 PM
Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand suffered a major capsize in their second Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Final race of the day against Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR.

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The dramatic incident saw a mistake by Peter Burling and his Kiwi team lead to their boat digging its nose deep into the water, lifting its stern and capsizing, leaving three of the teams’ sailors clinging on inside the cockpits on the starboard hull while the other three were ejected into the water. All six sailors were quickly accounted for as safe and unharmed and the team’s boat was righted and taken back to their base in the America’s Cup Village.

The capsize was not the Kiwis’ first issue of the day. Even before the first race of the afternoon they had to return to base to fit their spare wingsail after an unknown problem was discovered on the wingsail they were intending to race with.

The whole team pulled together and managed to fit their replacement wingsail, and get back out in time for the first race of the day with Land Rover BAR.

However, the biggest talking point of the day was Emirates Team New Zealand’s capsize.


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“Firstly, and the most important thing for us, is that all the guys on board are safe and with no major injuries,” said Peter Burling. “It is definitely a relief when you see them falling off that you can look back and see their heads above water and that they’re all fine.

“We sustained quite a bit of damage to the boat but the shore guys are assessing the damage and we feel we will be able to repair it and get back out and into the action.

“The first race was a massive effort for the whole team. We managed to fit the second wing to the boat before the race and it was amazing to see the whole team come together and put their efforts into the boat.

“To be able to reward them with a win was incredibly pleasing because it was certainly a whole team effort.

“In the second race, as we tried to accelerate away from the start line we got really high on the foils and then and then came down really quickly. We are not sure what caused the capsize yet but we will go back and assess it.

“As a group of New Zealanders we are incredibly resilient, that first race showed that, and looking forward I think that first point could prove crucial.

“We’ll bounce back from this, get the boat back to 100 percent and get back out there.”

In reply, Sir Ben Ainslie reflected on what he said was the most exciting day of racing in his life.

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“It was an amazing day of sailing. Certainly the most exciting and exhilarating racing I’ve ever been involved in, in my life,” said the Land Rover BAR helmsman.

“We were pleased with how we sailed as a team because I think all of the teams were struggling to get around the course. Ultimately one loss and one win, considering the conditions, we are happy with that.”

On the incident in their second race of the day, which resulted in Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand’s capsize, Ainslie added, “It appeared to be a slight misjudgement from Peter but in these conditions it isn’t easy, but all of us sitting here are not going to pass criticism because these boats are incredibly hard to sail and these things can happen.

“Thank God, most importantly, everyone was safe and okay and I’m sure they will be back out tomorrow.”

Before that race-ending incident, it was a day of high winds and compelling drama on the second day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals. The conditions took their toll on all four teams and proved the most challenging day of competition yet in the 35th America’s Cup.

In the first race of the afternoon Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing resumed their rivalries with Dean Barker and SoftBank Team Japan and what ensued was a war of attrition with both teams’ boats being battered by the conditions.

With the wind levels challenging both teams in the pre-start sequence, Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan timed their approach to the line better than their rivals and seized the early advantage.

Artemis Racing struggled against the conditions in the early stages, and their boat suffered damage on leg 2/8 which allowed SoftBank Team Japan to extend their lead to 26 seconds by Gate 3.

Nathan Outteridge’s struggles continued with another mistake, this time a nose dive out of the gate 5 turn, further hampering their momentum, while, in contrast, Dean Barker’s team remained composed and extended their lead to 47 seconds.

But just as their rivals had, SoftBank Team Japan suffered damage to their boat, this time in the final stages of the race, leading to a nervy end to the first competitive action of the day for the Japanese team.

However, Barker’s team did not let the damage hold them up and they crossed the finish line first. Meanwhile, back out on the racecourse, Artemis Racing had come to a stop as Nathan Outteridge radioed through to America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) to confirm his team’s retirement from the first race.


“We had a bit of a stuff just before the start of that first race began and blew out a bunch of the fairings,” revealed Nathan Outteridge, whose team ultimately suffered successive defeats.

“We spent a lot of time just trying bandage up the boat and it just shows how fragile these boats are.

“It was a disappointing day but you just have to keep chipping away. It was pretty tough but now the boat is back in the shed and we are just doing all the checks and I’m sure it will be good for tomorrow.”

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For Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR, day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals was disastrous. A damaged wingsail in race one forced the British team to retire in their opening race against Emirates Team New Zealand. They were unable to replace the wingsail in time for the second race, handing their rivals another victory and giving them a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first day of Semi-Final action.

On Semi-Finals day two the British team returned to the racecourse aiming to cut the deficit to their Kiwi rivals and they started strongly, beating Emirates Team New Zealand across the start line and seizing the early advantage.

A slight nosedive on leg 2/9 halted their initial momentum but Ainslie and his team recovered quickly to keep the team ahead through gate 3.

However, Land Rover BAR were punished for another mistake on leg 5, allowing Peter Burling to seize the initiative and take the lead for the first time in the race.

Ultimately, that mistake was to prove pivotal as Burling held his nerve in the final stages and crossed the finish line 24 seconds ahead of his rival, taking another step closer to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final.

Attention turned back to the battle between SoftBank Team Japan and Artemis Racing in the third race of the day, with the pressure on Nathan Outteridge following defeat to Dean Barker earlier in the day.

However, that pressure intensified right from the start of the race as Barker won the duel in the pre-start sequence to give his team the early advantage.

Artemis Racing’s day went from bad to worse as their challenge was hampered dramatically by a penalty, awarded against them for sailing out of the racecourse boundary on leg three.

The setback all but ended their challenge, with SoftBank Team Japan able to stretch their lead to one minute and 15 seconds by the gate 5 turn.

Nathan Outteridge and his team refused to concede defeat this time round, but there was to be no late fightback as SoftBank Team Japan crossed the line with Artemis Racing following, one minute and 27 seconds behind.

Back-to-back victories on the day for SoftBank Team Japan gives Dean Barker’s team a 3-1 advantage over Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing, meaning just two more wins would see the Japanese team progress to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final.

“We are obviously thrilled with the day, that was pretty full on by anyone’s standards,” said Dean Barker on his SoftBank Team Japan’s efforts on a victorious day.

“The boats were just flying around and I think we had our top speed in the boat since we’ve been sailing it.

“It’s a fantastic effort from the guys on the boat and when you get a course like we had today it’s very taxing on the crew, they all did an amazing job today.”

The tension levels were already high but then went stratospheric in the second race between Emirates Team New Zealand and Land Rover BAR.

In their second race of the day, Land Rover BAR won the pre-start duel over Emirates Team New Zealand and the Brits were away and heading for the first mark.

However, attempting to recover from their poor start, Peter Burling’s team paid the ultimate price for pushing their boat to limit, suffering a spectacular capsize which ended their race and put three of their sailors into the water. The dramatic scenes ended the contest as the officials raised the black flag, resulting in the race victory being awarded to Land Rover BAR.

After the race, Burling confirmed that all six sailors were unharmed, bar some cuts and bruises, and that the team’s shorecrew were immediately starting work to repair their damaged yacht.

Ends

Semi-Final Round 2 Race 3: SoftBank Team Japan beat Artemis Racing (Artemis Racing retired)
Semi-Final Round 2 Race 3: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR (by 2 minutes and 14 seconds)
Semi-Final Round 2 Race 4: SoftBank Team Japan beat Artemis Racing (by 1 minute and 27 seconds)
Semi-Final Round 2 Race 4: Land Rover BAR beat Emirates Team New Zealand (race black flagged due to Emirates Team New Zealand capsize)

Photoboy
06-06-2017, 03:13 PM
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Carlo Borlenghi nails the sequence of today's ENTZ Nosedive and capsize!

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Photoboy
06-06-2017, 03:23 PM
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Emirates Team New Zealand's dramatic pitchpole in the America's Cup playoffs


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Carl Spackler
06-06-2017, 04:19 PM
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I don't wanna be a bicycle sailor anymore!

El Capitan
06-07-2017, 08:36 AM
Beach cats tip over, when the do it at plus 40 knots, things break.

Would like to see the slo-mo version of the crash.

Prince of Whales
06-07-2017, 08:41 AM
The 2 to 1 boat advantage looking huge about now.

Photoboy
06-07-2017, 11:00 AM
America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), the independent organisation responsible for the rules and regulations of America’s Cup racing, confirmed today that the four Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals races scheduled for Wednesday 7th June have had to be postponed until Thursday 8th June. The decision to postpone was taken due to the sea-state and wind speeds on Bermuda’s Great Sound racecourse exceeding the 24 knot speed limit agreed by all six America’s Cup teams.

Iain Murray, ACRM Race Director said, “Whilst there was dramatic action yesterday, well within the wind speed limits, today was a different matter. We have been constantly monitoring conditions on the racecourse during the course of the day and have decided that there will be no racing today as the sea-state and average wind speed measured on the racecourse over the allotted time exceeded 24 knots.

“The forecast for tomorrow is for lighter winds and good conditions and if those forecasts are accurate I am confident we will see more fantastic racing here in Bermuda between the four teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals.”

While the racing may have been postponed, the America’s Cup Village was open for business and people continued to flock into the world class hub of all the 35th America’s Cup action in Bermuda.

On Thursday 8th June the America’s Cup Village is scheduled to open at 11.30 and a busy program of racing is planned from 2.00pm. Anyone with a ticket to the America’s Cup Village on 7th June is strongly urged to check their email for communication from the America’s Cup about their tickets.

IOR Geezer
06-08-2017, 10:17 AM
Race 1 BAR vs ETNZ

BAR having camber issues and is pulling out

Charlie Tuna
06-08-2017, 10:20 AM
Link?

IOR Geezer
06-08-2017, 10:22 AM
Oh, sorry: http://stream.nbcsports.com/nbcsn/generic?pid=33099

Prince of Whales
06-08-2017, 10:30 AM
British engineering not living up to 007 standards!

IOR Geezer
06-08-2017, 10:40 AM
Oooops, sorry that seems to be an old link.

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Looks like the Kiwis beat GBR in race 5 anyways.

Charlie Tuna
06-08-2017, 10:48 AM
Artemis leads Softbank in their race 5!

Photoboy
06-08-2017, 11:15 AM
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Standings after 5 races!

Prince of Whales
06-08-2017, 11:24 AM
Whoa, Ben keeps it together and staves off elimination!

IOR Geezer
06-08-2017, 11:54 AM
Artemis and Softbank now tied 3-3

Photoboy
06-08-2017, 12:12 PM
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After 6 Races

Prince of Whales
06-08-2017, 12:18 PM
Kiwis well ahead of GBR

IOR Geezer
06-08-2017, 12:27 PM
Her Majesty will not approve.

Prince of Whales
06-08-2017, 12:58 PM
Artemis moves ahead 4-3!

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06-08-2017, 04:20 PM
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Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR’s quest to win the 35th America’s Cup came to an early end on Thursday in Bermuda when Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand sealed the British team’s fate by reaching the magic five wins needed against Land Rover BAR to progress to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals.

In the other Semi-Finals, Nathan Outteridge and Artemis Racing mounted an almighty comeback against their Japanese rivals, Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan, winning three races on the trot to take the score in their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals to 4-3, meaning they will race again on Friday to decide the second Finalist.

For Ainslie and his team, they were ultimately beaten by Emirates Team New Zealand twice on Thursday, sealing their fate 5-2 and leaving them heading back to Britain without the America’s Cup they were so determined to take home.

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“I couldn’t be prouder of the team. It has been an amazing journey for us,” said Sir Ben Ainslie following Land Rover BAR’s elimination from the America’s Cup.

“Three and a half years ago three of us were sitting around a table in London with nothing more than a few ideas and some support from a few early investors.

“What we’ve achieved now is phenomenal really. We may have bowed out of the competition and ultimately failed to bring the America’s Cup home but we knew it was going to be incredibly tough.

“We gave it our best attempt and certainly, where this team has come from, particularly in the previous few months, is a huge credit to everyone in the team.”

Turning his attention to the future, Sir Ben Ainslie revealed that Land Rover BAR will be back for the next instalment of the America’s Cup after agreeing deals with their major partners.

“To have that commitment already in place is a massive bonus for everyone and to be able to start our preparations for the next campaign already means we will come back that much stronger.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us back home in the United Kingdom and here in Bermuda. We are a very proud British team and we will be back in the America’s Cup.”

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For Burling and his crew, the incredible efforts the team made from Tuesday to Thursday to repair the boat that was so badly damaged in Tuesday’s pitchpole were repaid handsomely, putting themselves into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals as the first team to reach that stage.

“It was an incredible effort from our entire team to get back out on the water today,” said Burling on his team’s incredible recovery from Tuesday’s spectacular capsize.

“To be able to reward everyone by confirming our progression (into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals) today, is fantastic and is exactly what we set out to achieve.

“Our aim when we arrived was to win the America’s Cup and we have definitely taken a big step on the road to winning the America’s Cup.”

Turning his attention to the potential opponent in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final, Burling admitted he does not have a preference between Artemis Racing or SoftBank Team Japan.

“We don’t mind who we might face in the Finals (Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals),” he added. “It will be a fascinating day tomorrow between Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan and we are looking forward to seeing what the day will bring.”

Heading into the first race of the afternoon (Semi-Finals 1, Race 5) trailing 3-1, Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR knew they had to win at least two of today’s scheduled three races over Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand to keep their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final hopes alive.

Ainslie and his team’s chances looked good in the early stages of their first encounter, as their rivals had a poor pre-start, allowing Land Rover BAR to gain an early 26 second advantage by the first mark.

That lead remained steady through the first four legs until a crucial cross on leg 5/7 between the two teams saw the tides turn, as Peter Burling’s team seized the advantage.

There were questions over whether the Emirates Team New Zealand boat would be ready, heading into the race following Tuesday’s spectacular incident, but if there were any lasting issues they certainly were not evident as Burling’s team sailed perfectly, registering over 99% of the race up on their foils according to the BMW Flytime measurement.

Having taken the lead, the Kiwis would not relinquish it in the closing stages, flying through the final gate and crossing the line 31 seconds ahead of Land Rover BAR to take a 4-1 lead in their Semi-Finals, immediately rampling up the pressure on Sir Ben Ainslie’s team ahead of their second race of the day.

Much like Sir Ben Ainslie, Nathan Outteridge knew that a repeat of Tuesday’s two defeats to SoftBank Team Japan would see them eliminated from the 35th America’s Cup.

However, it was SoftBank Team Japan’s Dean Barker who, despite leading their Semi-Final 3-1, showed early nerves in the two teams’ first encounter of the day as the Japanese team were handed a penalty for crossing the start line a fraction too soon.

That mistake handed Nathan Outteridge the advantage and it was one he took full advantage of, taking the lead and staying ahead throughout the entire race.

SoftBank Team Japan remained in hot pursuit of their rivals but there was ultimately nothing they could do. A faultless performance from Outteridge and Artemis Racing saw the Swedish team seal a 39 second victory and reduce the deficit in their fight to stay in the 35th America’s Cup to 3-2.

With the hopes of Great Britain resting on his shoulders, Sir Ben Ainslie was at his combative best in the third race of the day, as Land Rover BAR kept their hopes alive with a must-win 20 second victory over Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand.

Knowing only a win would keep them in the 35th America’s Cup, at least for one more race, Land Rover BAR showed their intentions right from the start, racing off the start line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand and seizing the early advantage.

In contrast to their first encounter of the day, Ainslie and his team did not crack under the pressure from Burling, keeping the Kiws at bay throughout the race.

Despite their 4-1 advantage it was Emirates Team New Zealand who looked more like the team under pressure. Small mistakes crept into their race and poor manoeuvres, in particular on the third leg, hampered their chances of another win.

In contrast, the British team remained composed, sailing faultlessly just when it mattered most, finally crossing the line 20 seconds ahead of their rivals, pushing the scoreboard to 4-2.

Turning attentions back to the other semi-final duel, and what a difference a day makes, particularly when you’re Nathan Outteridge and Artemis Racing, who levelled the scores against SoftBank Team Japan with a second successive victory.

Just as they had in the two teams’ opening encounter on Thursday, Artemis Racing timed their approach to the start line to perfection and took an early lead.

In stark contrast to Tuesday’s poor performance, Nathan Outteridge and his team looked assured throughout the race, maintaining a slender lead over the pursuing SoftBank Team Japan.

While Dean Barker sailed an almost faultless race, Artemis Racing did not make the mistake the Japanese team would have been hoping for and Nathan Outteridge steered his team home with a 28 second victory, levelling the scores at 3-3 ahead of the teams’ third and final battle of the day.

All eyes turned to Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand, and the crunch match between the two Semi-Finalists.

Having given themselves a glimmer of hope of progressing with their earlier victory, Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR’s dream of reaching the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals was finally ended with defeat to Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand in the fifth race of the day.

From the offset, the Kiwis were in a less than charitable mood, in comparison to the second race of the day, and they burst off of the start line, giving themselves an immediate advantage in their efforts to knock out the Brits.

The Emirates Team New Zealand advantage was extended to 13 seconds by the second gate, and extended further to 35 seconds by the fifth gate as the British challenge began to diminish.

Sir Ben Ainslie refused to concede defeat, but despite Land Rover BAR’s best efforts, elimination looked inevitable as Peter Burling’s team maintained a healthy lead.

Finally, with the British team looking helplessly up the racecourse, Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line, sealing their progression into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals and confirming Land Rover BAR’s elimination from the 35th America’s Cup.

While one battle had been settled, the other remained finely poised as Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan faced off for a final time on the day.

Having won both of the day’s previous battles, Nathan Outteridge made it a hat-trick of victories to turn a 3-1 deficit at the start of Thursday into a 4-3 lead at the end of the day.

Dean Barker narrowly won the pre-start battle, SoftBank Team Japan stealing an early march over Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing. However, the Swedish team battled back over the first four legs of the race and closed the gap completely heading into the pivotal and dramatic Gate 5 turn.

The two teams came into the mark and, in a dramatic flashpoint moment, almost touched, the result of which was a penalty handed to SoftBank Team Japan.

It was a decision from the America’s Cup Race Management umpires that was to prove critical as Artemis Racing seized the advantage to race clear and cross the finish line well ahead of their rivals, sealing a third consecutive victory on the day.

That result leaves Nathan Outteridge in the driving seat heading into a mouth-watering day of racing on Friday, with Artemis Racing needing one more win and SoftBank Team Japan needing two more wins to confirm their place in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals, where either team will face Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand.

“It was an awesome day for us and I’m incredibly proud of everybody involved in our team,” said Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge.

“We had an incredibly tough day on Tuesday and so as a team we looked back at what we had to do better. I think everyone saw not only an improved boat but a much needed improved performance from us as sailors.

“We were not particularly nervous heading into today. We know it could have been our potential exit today but we were all quietly confident.

“We could have lost confidence in the boat after Tuesday but everyone dug in deep and I’m just proud of what we achieved today.

“We went back to basics and it just showed how easy it can be to win races again.The aim is to do the same tomorrow and take another step towards winning the America’s Cup.”

In reply, SoftBank Team Japan Dean Barker is refusing to concede defeat.

“It was obviously a very disappointing day but everyone is remaining positive,” said a determined Barker.

“It's never ideal to lose three races in a day and it is frustrating for everyone but we take a lot of heart from today into tomorrow.

“Small errors cost us today but we know we are still right in this contest and it will not take a lot to go out and win tomorrow.

“We are two very even teams and although we had a disappointing day, we will take all of our positive energy into tomorrow.”

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Race results

Semi-Final 1 Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR by 31 seconds
Semi-Final 1 Race 5: Artemis Racing beat SoftBank Team Japan by 39 seconds
Semi-Final 1 Race 6: Land Rover BAR beat Emirates Team New Zealand 20 seconds
Semi-Final 1 Race 6: Artemis Racing beat SoftBank Team Japan by 28 seconds
Semi-Final 1 Race 7: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR by 46 seconds
Semi-Final 1 Race 7:Artemis Racing beat SoftBank Team Japan by 1 minute and 46 seconds

Cassidy
06-08-2017, 09:37 PM
Go Artemis!

IOR Geezer
06-09-2017, 10:17 AM
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Artemis looking good!

IOR Geezer
06-09-2017, 10:31 AM
The Swedes in a nailbiter!

Prince of Whales
06-09-2017, 10:40 AM
Nice one Nathan!

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06-09-2017, 01:40 PM
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Nathan Outteridge, the skipper of Artemis Racing, woke up Thursday morning staring down a 3-1 deficit in his Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff semi final match against Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan.

But by mid-afternoon Friday, Outteridge and his team had won four consecutive races, claiming the match 5-3, and landing a date in the Challenger Playoff Finals against Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand.

Conditions on Friday were near the top end of the wind spectrum at 19-22 knots. Earlier this week, in similar strong weather conditions, Barker had beat Outteridge in both races sailed. He needed to pull off the same trick today if his team was to advance, but with a loss in the first race, SoftBank Team Japan was eliminated from the competition.

In the pre-start to the race, Barker pushed Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge towards the starting line early and as the Swedish challenger slowed so as not to break the start prematurely, Barker put his bows down, the boat raised up on its foils and Japan sped away to mark one with a narrow lead.

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Outteridge kept it close on the first run and then on the upwind leg he made the pass. As Artemis Racing tacked at the edge of the race course, Barker was required to give room. A moment of hesitation meant SoftBank Team Japan made a late tack that left the boat in a vulnerable position and Outteridge pounced. With rights he luffed aggressively. Barker kept clear, but was pushed to a standstill, head to wind, while Artemis sped off into the lead and into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Finals with what would be recorded as a 12-second win.

“Absolutely stoked,” was the reaction from Outteridge on board immediately following the race.

“That was a tough race and to come back the boys really had to dig in. We’re really happy to take it to the next round and we’re going to be ready to go tomorrow.”

Outteridge and Artemis Racing, after recovering from a 3-1 deficit to win the series 5-3 over Japan, will now face Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand beginning at 14:08 local time in Bermuda on Saturday. The winner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs advances to the America’s Cup Match against ORACLE TEAM USA.

For SoftBank Team Japan this marks the end of the fourth Japanese challenge for the America’s Cup. Each one (1992, 1995, 1999) has fallen at the semi final stage of the challenger series.

But Kazuhiko ‘Fuku’ Sofuku, the General Manager and bowman for the team, who was also a sailor with the ’95 and ’99 efforts, says this was the most rewarding experience.

“I hope this will have a big impact for the Japanese and for sailing in Japan,” he said. “I hope we are sending a good message to the people in Japan. We’ve been working really hard and from the first day we have had a never give up spirit. Nothing is impossible!”

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“I’m disappointed we’re not competing tomorrow,” said Japan skipper Dean Barker, when asked how he felt after the race.

“But I think the main thing I feel is immense pride in what we’ve achieved in two years. We started from nothing… When we arrived back at the dock just now, words can’t describe the feeling with the families, team members and friends and all of that support. I’m very proud of the environment we’ve created and I hope we can continue through to the next Cup cycle.

“I’d like to thank all our supporters. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride but the support we’ve had in Japan and New Zealand has been phenomenal. It’s been quite an amazing journey and experience and I wouldn’t change it for anything.“

Artemis Racing now has less than 24 hours to prepare to race Emirates Team New Zealand. Outteridge and Burling are old foes; each can claim an Olympic victory over the other, as they’ve traded off gold and silver medals in the 49er class in the past two Games.

“I’m personally looking forward to it,” said Outteridge, when the rivalry was mentioned at the press conference on Friday. “But this is about much more than Peter and myself. This is two big, well-supported teams going head to head.”

And he said his team is confident after four consecutive race wins.

“The main thing is we’ve simplified our racing slightly. It’s easy to get caught up in the battle and forget the details required to sail well. (Tactician) Iain Percy reminded us to just trust our gut and sail to our capabilities.

“On top of that we’ve made a nice improvement to the control system"

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“We need to keep the momentum going and to keep sailing error free. That will be our best chance of moving forward. Our confidence in the boat is growing every day and when you have confidence in you equipment you can push hard. The teams are pretty evenly matched. It’s about how well we sail as a team.”

The forecast is for wind at near 15 knots at midday and easing over the course of the afternoon. Foil selection will be critical.

“It will be a big call on what boards to use,” Outteridge said. “The first thing is to make the right decision and then we’ll see how we stack up. I’m confident in our foils we just have use them in the right wind range.”

Three races are scheduled in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Finals on Friday beginning at 2:08pm local time in Bermuda.

Dirty Sanchez
06-09-2017, 02:21 PM
Outteridge vs Burling

The future is now!

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06-11-2017, 11:55 AM
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ETNZ take race 6 by 1 second to take a 4-2 lead in Louis Vuitton Finals




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Video from yesterday's abandon ship maneuver by Nathan Outterridge

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06-11-2017, 03:30 PM
Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand started the day with a 2-1 lead in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Final over Nathan Outteridge and Artemis Racing.

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Two hours later, Burling was sitting on match point, holding a 4-2 lead and taking a stranglehold on the series. But it was far from easy, with the winning delta on the final race of the day of just one-second.

“We were really happy to walk away from the day 4-2 up,” Burling, the young Kiwi helmsman said. “To get our boat around the track in the way we did and to take those couple of wins, is full credit to the whole team, and what they’re willing to give to get the job done here. We probably gave everyone a heart attack at that last mark there… but the way the boys ground the board down it’s full credit to the bikes and the design we have to get the power to get it down and hold on to the lead.”

The first team to earn five points will advance to the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton against two-time defending champion ORACLE TEAM USA.

In the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-finals, Artemis Racing won three consecutive races to defeat SoftBank Team Japan and Outteridge and his team will have to repeat that performance to advance to the match.

“We saw in the semi finals that anything is possible,” Outteridge noted. “We’ll keep chipping away. We won’t change how we tackle the starts or the first mark approaches. We’re six for six there. It’s more what we do in the upwind legs to help keep them behind us…

“The boat’s going just fine,” Outteridge said. “I think if we can keep attacking the races the way we have been, and (keep) trying to control Team New Zealand as much as we can that’s the important thing for us to focus on.”

Sunday dawned with dark clouds and stormy skies in Bermuda and an ominous forecast – rain showers and thunderstorms crossed the Great Sound race area throughout the early afternoon and racing took place in winds that peaked near 15 knots and dropped as low 8 knots.

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Race Reports

Race four:

An even start saw Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing gap off to the windward side of Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand to take the high-speed option and lead into mark one for the fourth consecutive time in the series. At the bottom gate, the Swedish lead was just 5-seconds, with Burling keeping the pressure on, following Outteridge through the gate. On the first upwind, the Kiwis were able to get a couple of short splits, but Outteridge and tactician Iain Percy never allowed them to wander too far away, offering up a loose covering position, staying between Burling and the top gate. While Team New Zealand earned a split on the run, it wasn’t to the favored side, and Percy and Outteridge sped away to a big gain. Burling again took a split at the bottom, rolling the dice on the final upwind leg. With a lead of xlose to 200-metres, Outteridge was content to sail his own race but a very poor tack near the top gate allowed Burling to close the deficit right up. The Artemis Racing boat reared up into the air coming out of a tack and crashed hard into the water. Burling and his Kiwis almost made the pass, but this time, Artemis Racing recovered - just in time - and protected through to the finish. The 15-second win sees the series tied at 2-2.


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Race five:

For the fifth time in five races, Nathan Outteridge and Artemis Racing led across the starting line and past mark one. There wasn’t a lot of engagement in the pre-start and Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have yet to find an answer to get across the starting line with a lead.

Burling elected to take a split at the bottom gate and when the boats converged, Outteridge tried to slam a tight covering tack on the Kiwis, but Burling took the high road, pinching up to a safe and strong position approaching the boundary. When the boats tacked again, the Kiwis were in a powerful leeward position and with rights, Burling luffed hard, forcing Outteridge to tack. The extra maneuver gave the lead to the Kiwis who soon crossed ahead to round the windward gate with a 13-second lead.

From there, it was straight-forward to the finish. Burling and the Kiwis extended to take the win and a 3-2 series lead, with Sweden retiring from the race as the Kiwis crossed the line.

Race six:

Both boats crossed the starting line at speed in a neutral start, but with better pace and the leeward position on the reach to mark one, Artemis Racing’s Nathan Outteridge was able to push Burling well to windward of the target before turning downwind with a 3-second lead around mark one and then a 7-second lead through the bottom gate. The Swedish team is now 6 for 6 in terms of leading at mark one.

New Zealand followed through the gate but an early tack on the first upwind leg allowed the Kiwis a bit of separation and a slight gain on a left hand windshift. Halfway up the leg, Artemis Racing put a tight covering tack on the New Zealand boat, forcing them back to the right side of the course, and into a big split. Artemis Racing held a narrow lead and crossed ahead when the boats met at the top gate, but New Zealand took the favored gate mark and sailed into the lead on the first half of the run.

At the bottom gate, Outteridge was less than 2-seconds behind and as the boats turned upwind the Swedish bows were just meters from the stern of the Kiwi boat. But in disturbed air, Artemis Racing was forced to tack away. When the boats next converged, Burling had again extended to a more comfortable lead, always sailing a closer angle to the top gate where he held a 16-second lead.

Just when the race appeared to be in hand for the Kiwis, the team appeared to lose control on the final gybe and the boat settled into the water, very slow. This set up a dramatic sprint to the finish, but Burling had the faster angle, crossing the line just over one-second ahead of the fast charging Swedish boat.

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Despite trailing at the first mark in all six races, Emirates Team New Zealand has earned four points. Burling says the team has confidence in its speed around the race course to help overcome any early deficits.

“Today was all about getting to that bottom gate in good shape and then trying to generate opportunities upwind, where we’re fast. We’re learning a lot about how to come from behind… We have the confidence we can run them down.”

The first weekend of the final match in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs ends with Emirates Team New Zealand sitting on match point with a 4-2 lead.

Racing is scheduled to continue in lighter conditions on Monday afternoon.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs – Final
Race 1 - Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing – 47 seconds
Race 2 - Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand – 15 seconds
Race 3 - Emirates Team New Zealand win – Artemis Racing do not finish
Race 4 - Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand – 15 seconds
Race 5 - Emirates Team New Zealand win – Artemis Racing do not finish
Race 6 - Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing – 1 second

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06-12-2017, 12:57 PM
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The Flaying Peloton have sailed past Artemis in Bermuda and pushed their ticket to a
rematch with Oracle in the the 35th America's Cup!

Congrats to Burling and Crew!


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Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand has earned a rematch against ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America’s Cup.

It was a nerve-wracking afternoon for New Zealand fans, who saw the first attempt at sailing race seven abandoned when the wind died. But 10 minutes before the last possible starting time for racing, Regatta Director Iain Murray determined the wind had built enough to conduct a fair race.

In the second attempt at racing, Burling won the start over his counterpart on Artemis Racing, Nathan Outteridge, and led into mark one for the first time in the series.

From there, the Kiwis showed blazing speed, extending around the race course for what appeared to be an easy win and a date in the America’s Cup against ORACLE TEAM USA.

In 2013, in San Francisco, ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill led his team to one of the greatest comebacks in sport, racing back from a 1-8 deficit to win 9-8 over Emirates Team New Zealand.

But Peter Burling wasn’t on that team. In fact, the only holdover on the Kiwi starting crew is wing trimmer and skipper Glenn Ashby. This team hasn’t shown any signs of holding any scars from that race.

“We feel like we’re in great shape to take on Oracle now,” Burling said just after crossing the starting line. “Artemis has been an amazing partner. They’ve pushed us incredibly hard… they've put us in good shape for the Cup.”

“We’re here to bring the Cup back to New Zealand and that hasn’t changed. We’ve gone through a lot of adversity… We’re super-excited to take on Oracle.”

The America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, starts on June 17.

Race Report -- Race Seven:


The re-sail of Race Seven started in a 6 to 8 knot southerly, and the pre-start featured both boats heading to the line for timed starts. Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand had a strong leeward position off the starting line and held Nathan Outteridge up above the line to mark one, to lead around for the first time in the series. With the Kiwis extending on the short run to the bottom gate, Artemis Racing was soon 19-seconds back, early in the race, facing a New Zealand team that always appeared to be sailing faster.

By the windward gate, the wind had shifted to the right, making passing lanes hard to find. But by that stage, Artemis Racing was a full 35-seconds behind. At the end, the delta was nearly a minute.


Race Report -- Race Seven – ABANDONED – to be re-sailed:

The first attempt at sailing race seven was abandoned on the second run, when the time limit expired due to a dying breeze.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs – Finals

Race 1 - Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing – 47 seconds

Race 2 - Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand – 15 seconds

Race 3 - Emirates Team New Zealand win – Artemis Racing do not finish

Race 4 - Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand – 15 seconds

Race 5 - Emirates Team New Zealand win – Artemis Racing do not finish

Race 6 - Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing – 1 second

Race 7 – Race abandoned for exceeding the time limit (to be re-sailed)

Race 7 - Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing – 56-seconds

Buzz Light Beer
06-12-2017, 01:09 PM
Will ETNZ make the America's Cup Great Again?

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06-17-2017, 11:56 AM
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The Foiling Peloton Dominate day1 of the 35th America's Cup, amassing very large leads
in light and shifty conditions on the Great Sound. The Kiwis had leads of over a minute
in both races and nearly gave those leads away only to pull out some magic and sail away
with 2 victories!


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Oracle Racing started with a one point advantage with point earned during the Louis Vuitton Qualifiers
yet with two wins today, ETNZ hold a 2-1 advantage in the 1st to 8 points contest.

Racing resumes on the Great Sound Sunday with races 3&4 and then there will be a 5 day break
before races resume Saturday June 24th with two races per days scheduled each day until a winner is
declared!


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Official Report:

It is advantage Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand at the end of day one of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton. The Kiwi Challengers to Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA took back-to-back victories in the first two races of the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, putting them into a 1-0 lead over the Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’ at the end of day one of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, in Bermuda.

The New Zealanders’ first race victory of the day put the scores at 0-0 as Jimmy Spithill’s team started the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton with a one point advantage over their rivals, having won the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. Their second victory of the day put the Kiwis into an end-of-day-one lead of one point, with ORACLE TEAM USA yet to score.

The match-up between ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand is a rematch of the 2013 America’s Cup Match in which ORACLE TEAM USA staged what many call the greatest comeback in sport. Then, the US team turned an 8-1 deficit to their Kiwi rivals into a 9-8 victory in San Francisco, setting the stage perfectly for the mother of all grudge matches which is now taking place on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

“Everyone connected to our team has been working incredibly hard to try and give us a fast boat and it is incredible to be able to reward them with two victories today,” said Peter Burling.

However, despite Emirates Team New Zealand securing back-to-back victories on day one, Burling is not getting carried away just yet. “Jimmy (Spithill) and ORACLE TEAM USA sailed really well to put us under a lot of pressure, but we managed to keep our composure and sail really well.

“We’ve said all along that we are learning all the time and although we won both races we got a lot wrong and made too many mistakes today.

“We will go away and look at what we need to improve because we all know for a fact that Jimmy (Spithill) won’t give up and so we have to keep progressing.

“We’ve known all along that to win the America’s Cup we had to win eight races and so to get two wins on the board already is fantastic. We’ll keep battling away and aim to get the remaining six wins needed as soon as possible.”

Despite relinquishing the point advantage they held at the beginning of the day, ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill is refusing to panic, especially with the experience of overturning an 8-1 deficit to the same opposition in 2013. “We’re obviously disappointed with what was a tough day, but the deficit is only one point so we we’re not panicking,” said a defiant Spithill.

“Clearly we didn’t sail our best today, but we still had opportunities and that is what we will take away with us.

“It is too early to draw conclusions on what went wrong for us but we will go away and look at what we have to change ahead of tomorrow.

“Credit to Peter (Burling) and Emirates Team New Zealand because they made fewer mistakes to win both races.

“However, I’ve been here before, and it is still only a point!”

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Race One

Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA made the worst possible start to their defence of the ‘Auld Mug’ as they were handed a penalty for crossing the start line fractionally early.

“We had a little issue on board during the first start,” said Spithill. “We thought we were coming back when we wanted to but as it turned out we were wrong, it is something we will have to go back and look at. We basically handed that first race to them.”

The penalty handed the initiative to Emirates Team New Zealand, and Peter Burling took full advantage, sailing well clear of his rival Spithill, holding a 32 second lead by the turn at the second gate.

In relatively light winds, Burling continued to sail smoothly, extending the Kiwis’ advantage to a healthy margin of one minute and 52 seconds over their rivals by the fifth gate.

However, Burling did not have it all his own way and mistakes began to creep in. Two poor manoeuvres reduced Emirates Team New Zealand’s advantage, giving Jimmy Spithill a slight hope of catching the Kiwis in the closing stages.

“It was an incredibly tricky day out there with the winds and they certainly weren’t our best manoeuvres,” conceded Burling. “If you make a small mistake it can prove a costly one.”

However, there was to be no late drama, as Burling’s team crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA, wiping out the minus one point deficit to the Defenders and levelling the overall scores to 0-0 ahead of race two.

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Race Two

Having cut the point deficit, Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand set about building on the momentum of victory in the first race by again beating Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA away from the start line.

Race two was much closer than race one, but Emirates Team New Zealand were still able to pull clear, establishing a lead of up to one minute, 34 seconds by the time they rounded mark four.

However, once again Emirates Team New Zealand gave their rivals a glimmer of hope in the closing stages as ORACLE TEAM USA dramatically cut the gap to Emirates Team New Zealand on the run to the fifth mark. As both boats headed towards the turn the gap was down to just over three seconds, and it looked like the US team might record their first win of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, but it was not to be.

“Halfway way up that second beat we definitely lost a lot and we have to go away and keep learning and improving,” admitted Burling.

Having closed the gap, ORACLE TEAM USA’s yacht came down off its foils and that gave Emirates Team New Zealand the chance to re-establish their lead.

“I think what happened is that we lost a rudder,” revealed Spithill, reflecting on the manoeuvre that all but ended their challenge.

“We’ll have to go back and look at that because it was obviously a key moment in the race.”

With the pressure now off, Burling guided his team around the sixth and final gate and coasted to the finish line an entire minute and 28 seconds ahead of Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA, taking not only their second successive win of day one, but also moving into a one point advantage in the battle for the ‘Auld Mug’.

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Race Results

Race One: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 30 seconds.

Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 28 seconds.

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Scores (17th June 2017)

Emirates Team New Zealand: 1 point*

ORACLE TEAM USA: 0 points

* Emirates Team New Zealand started the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton -1 due to ORACLE TEAM USA’s win in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers

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The Foiling Peloton won race 3 and 4 on the Great Sound by ginormous margins today, upping their
record against Oracle to 4-0... 4 more wins and ETNZ can redeem themselves for 2013!

Full official report to follow...


Battle resumed on Father’s Day in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, with Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA looking to seize back the advantage gained by Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand on day one. However, it was day two to the Kiwis again, with Emirates Team New Zealand recording two more back-to-back victories over the Defenders of the America’s Cup, putting themselves 3-0 up in the first-to-seven series that will determine the winner of the 35th America’s Cup.

After racing had finished on day two, Jimmy Spithill looked ahead to the five day break before racing restarts on 24th June and what ORACLE TEAM USA can do to put themselves back in the fight. “These are going to be the most important five days of this America’s Cup campaign for us," said the two-time winner of the America's Cup.

“I thought we took a good step forward from yesterday, but it is clear we have to find some speed from somewhere, that is no secret.

“If we were forced to race day after day we’d be in some serious trouble at the moment. This break coming up is a massive opportunity for us as a team to go away and regroup.

“Everything will be put out on the table, nothing will be off limits, and over the next five days our incredible shore team will be looking at every aspect of our boat.

“Nothing will escape our eyes, I can guarantee that. Whether it’s system related, appendage related, sailing technique or strategy, we are going to look at absolutely everything.

“The motivation is always there, the team is hungry and we’re a very competitive group, but we are also a candid group and it is quite clear we need to make some changes.

“We feel that with the resources we have here we can make the changes to improve the boat and give us more speed. It looks like we have some good sailing days coming up over these next five days so we’ll be into 24 hour shifts.

“We’ve been in a situation like this before and we’ve had less time. We’ve got five important days and we’ll be using every single hour of them.

“We have to respond.”

In reply, despite knowing that repeating the opening weekend’s performance when racing resumes on 24th June would confirm Emirates Team New Zealand as the 35th America’s Cup champions, Burling again warned his team against complacency.

“We are walking away with two victories again but, much the same as yesterday, we made too many mistakes,” said the Kiwi helmsman.

“We now have five days to keep pushing on and progressing because everyone in this team is hungry to keep on improving and learning.

“We know full well if we stand still, Jimmy (Spithill) and ORACLE TEAM USA will catch us so we have plenty of work on in the next five days.

“We’re happy to take those four wins because it is no secret that we are here to win the America’s Cup. We knew to do that we had to win eight races and so we have to keep on battling to ensure that is what we do.”

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Race Three

Race three saw Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand pick up where they left off on day one, sealing a third consecutive victory over Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA to extend their advantage in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton to two points at the halfway stage of day two.

At the start of the race, both teams were extremely close as they crossed the startline, and ORACLE TEAM USA had a small advantage as they approached the first mark. However, in similar scenes to day one’s two races, a small mistake was to prove pivotal as a poor jibe by ORACLE TEAM USA saw the American boat make a small splashdown into the water, resulting in a loss of momentum that they were then unable to claw back.

That mistake handed the initiative to Burling and he seized the opportunity, sailing clear of his rival to hold an 11 second lead at gate two.

Trailing the Kiwi boat, Spithill went for the split at the gate as he chased hard in pursuit of Burling, winner of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013. However, Emirates Team New Zealand continued to showcase their impressive speed and steadily increased their advantage through the next two gates, holding a 49 second lead by leg 5/7.

Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA continued their pursuit, in the hope of a mistake from their Kiwi rivals in the closing stages. However, it was not to materialise. Burling kept his composure, rounding the fifth gate with his 49 second advantage intact, and from that point there was no looking back Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line nearly a minute ahead of the US team and Burling claimed his third victory on the trot in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Race Four

Race two started in almost identical fashion to the first race, with both teams racing extremely closely to one another as they crossed the start line, quickly accelerating to around 40 knots as they headed towards the first mark.

Both teams essentially had faultless races, but the superior boat speed of Emirates Team New Zealand proved the deciding factor, the Kiwis pulling away throughout the race to build a lead of 500 metres heading towards the fifth gate.

Emirates Team New Zealand rounded Gate 5 with their advantage standing at a minute, with Jimmy Spithill only able to watch on in the hope of a mistake from his rival Peter Burling, but it was not to be.

At the end of race four it was Emirates Team New Zealand who were celebrating again, finishing the day with two more points on the leaderboard and clear air between them and ORACLE TEAM USA.

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Race Results

Race Three: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 49 seconds

Race Four: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 12 seconds

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Scores (18th June 2017)

Emirates Team New Zealand: 3 points*

ORACLE TEAM USA: 0 points

* Emirates Team New Zealand started the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton -1 due to ORACLE TEAM USA’s win in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers

IOR Geezer
06-19-2017, 09:44 AM
Wonder if Oracle is installing bikes on their boat this week!?

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The key to ETNZ's success lays in the division of power...



The Match – Day 2
Sunday 18 June
Matthew Sheahan

Oracle Team USA took a second pasting today, it wasn’t even close.
Unable to make to the bottom gate in front, speed was their issue.

In the first race of the day, Spithill got to the first mark in the lead, just. Seconds later he got to the boundary and managed to force the Kiwis to gybe first.
But as an illustration of just how fine a line separates the winner from the loser, the Kiwis were able to soak down onto Oracle, gassing Spithill as they did so and slowing him down.
By the bottom gate, just a few minutes into the match it was all over.

The Kiwis simply extended their lead throughout the race to finish way ahead.

The second race was little different.

The Kiwis managed to get the windward end of the line at the start, drove over the top of Oracle before spilling dirty air over them before they had even reached the first mark.
Sure, it was closer at the bottom gate than in the first race, Spithill trailing by 9 seconds, but the final outcome was the same. Burling simply stormed off into the distance beating Spithill by 1min 12sec by the finish.
I’d love to include more description of the nip and tuck along with the possible comebacks, but they just didn’t happen.
Not even Spithill could dress this one up as anything other than a punishing day.

"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some changes," he said after racing.
Indeed, so conclusive was their thrashing that the media seemed to be in as much shock and the Defender, concentrating on grilling Spithill rather than asking Burling how the team had made their boat so quick.

"I think these next five days are the most important five days of the campaign,” he said at the press conference. "We will look at every single thing we can. We have five days to respond and everything is on the table... Whether it's system related, appendages, sailing technique, strategy, we'll look at everything."
So why are the Kiwis so fast and is there anything Oracle can do to come back?

No doubt next weekend I’ll be eating my words, but for now I’d say that it’s going to be very difficult indeed for the Defenders to find sufficient pace to out run the Kiwis.
There’s been plenty of attention on the Kiwi bicycles providing heaps of power, but I don’t think that’s where the advantage lies.

The issue is more with Team New Zealand’s control system – this is at the heart of their campaign.
Over the last couple of weeks we have discovered two things that stand out.

First, that their flight control system is seriously impressive.

Unlike the other teams, theirs tells their crew members what settings they should be on at any given point. Like an autopilot that tells you what you should do, but stops short of doing it for you,
their control systems give guidance to those in trimming roles such as Blair Tuke on the foils and Glenn Ashby on the wing.

Out here we’re calling it chasing the dots. I have no idea whether this is really the case but the analogy is that the computer shows you where you should be, you just match it.


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**The second impressive feature is that this is only possible because the Kiwi crew have their hands free thanks to their bikes.

The focus so far has been on the power output, but the reality seems to be that while they may be able to squeeze a few more watts out of the pedal based system, being able to control other items by hand is the key.

So when you’ve got a sophisticated control system and reliable human inputs you get stable flight. And when you’ve got stable flight you can perform tricky manoeuvres such as a last minute tack or gybe in a heartbeat.

But you can also push the design envelope.

For example, the Kiwis’ cranked foils need to be flown more accurately because they have less vertical shaft. Ride too high and they run out of side force early as the boat rises up. But if you can control the ride height precisely you can create far more efficient foils. And it is clear that the Kiwis have these.

A similar design loop exists with the wing.
Most of the teams have been controlling the power in the rig with the wing sheet in the same way that you and I would play the mainsheet.

But the Kiwis have effectively cleated the mainsheet and are controlling the power by altering the twist. The equivalent of trimming the kicker.
Doing this keeps the power low down even when they are spilling out the top of the sail to de-power the rig.

Again, this is probably only possible because of the accurate flight control system and a sophisticated algorithm that tells wing trimmer Glenn Ashby how to trim the wing at any given moment.
With the crew chasing dots to sail as efficiently as possible, perhaps it’s hardly surprising that we are not hearing much chatter on board Emirates Team New Zealand.

On Oracle the dialogue is much the same as you’d expect to hear on any other grand prix racer. But on the high speed cats, decisions have to be taken instantly, there is no time to discuss.
The control system may well make this possible but you’d also have to imagine that Burling and Tuke work like this on their 49er. Feeling rather than talking comes naturally to them.

Oracle has five days to turn this around, bags of time you might think given the day that they had in San Francisco.
But I think this is a different deal.

To get up to the Kiwi’s game means matching stable flight and that means building a complex system of hardware and software along with finding new ways to control the boat.
To do that would be a massive ask.

And for those that say, ‘they’ve done it before’, the AC72s were large lumbering beasts by comparison that were nowhere near as complex and twitchy as the current Cup boats.
Bentley’s versus rally cars, there is little to compare the two.

Having said all of this, we were all staggered at Oracle’s comeback in 2013, to achieve the same this time around would be incredible.
I’m preparing to eat my words.

** In addition, Peter Burling does not control the foils, that is share with a 3rd crewmember who has free hands :





Follow the Cup - UK viewers

BBC - Highlights
Schedule, results, standings & TV highlights times
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sailing/40070275

BTSport Live shows – Times UK BST

23 June 20.00-21.00 BTS 1 Preview show
24 June 17.30-20.00 BTS 1
25 June 17.45-19.45 BTS 1
26 June 17.45-20.00 BTS 1
27 June 17.30-20.30 BTS 1

Carl Spackler
06-19-2017, 04:29 PM
Dang, and I thought they were checking their social media pages with their heads down all the time!

K38Bob
06-19-2017, 06:51 PM
Any link, pointer to Slingsby commentary at the end of race 4?

Buzz Light Beer
06-20-2017, 08:43 AM
I don't thinks Oracle Team AUS has enough time to reconfigure.

Coutts may have to pull some rule changes to pull this one off.

Cleveland Steamer
06-21-2017, 08:01 AM
Uncle Larry might be getting bored with this never ending party hosting.

Might have his guys mail it in for the rest of the event.

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Race day 3 in Bermuda saw ETNZ take the 1st race by a huge margin of over 2 minutes to inch
closer to avenging the devastating loss of 2013...


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The 2nd race of day proved to be much the nailbiter, with Oracle winning the start and rounding the 1st mark in place for the
1st time in the finals.


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Tight racing with a couple of lead changes, mostly due to gift wind shifts, ended with Oracle taking race 6 for their first win in the series...
...And force a race 9 on Monday

Full official report:

Day three of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, was full of drama, incident and history-making action, but the big story of the day is the fightback ORACLE TEAM USA staged against their rivals for the Auld Mug, Emirates Team New Zealand.

The US Defenders of the America’s Cup found themselves 3-0 down to their Kiwi rivals after the first four races of the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup. However, from the start of race five, the first race of day three of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, it was clear that ORACLE TEAM USA had found significant boat speed since the two teams last raced on Sunday 18th June.

Race five went to Emirates Team New Zealand, who took full advantage of mistakes made on the US boat to put themselves 4-0 up, but in race six the tables finally turned, ORACLE TEAM USA winning their first race of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton. With that victory, Skipper Jimmy Spithill made more history, tying Sir Russell Coutts’ winning record in America’s Cup Match races, recording his 14th victory, the same as Coutts.

That win means that the 35th America’s Cup will continue into Monday 26th June as neither team can reach the seven points needed to win the 35th America’s Cup in the two races scheduled on Sunday 24th June.

However, the win also signifies that the clear advantage Emirates Team New Zealand had over their US rivals in the opening weekend of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, has gone, and that means even more compelling racing is guaranteed in the remaining head-to-heads between the two teams fighting for the oldest trophy in international sport.

The battle on the water also carried on into the press conference after the action concluded on the Great Sound with the rivals looking back at the two races on day three, and the week they’ve both had to prepare for the resumption of hostilities on Saturday 24th June.

“We felt like we gave away that last race a bit, but it is great to see a little fight out of these boys,” remarked Burling, on ORACLE TEAM USA’s revival, to which Jimmy Spithill replied, "It is only just beginning mate."

Reflecting further on his team's vast improvement and the importance of ORACLE TEAM USA cutting the overall deficit to Emirates Team New Zealand, Spithill added, “We all saw that the boat is faster, obviously we are not sailing as well as we should do, but the important thing is that the boat is faster.

“We’ll be going straight back out on the water today to work on a few things. That’s a good position to be in, knowing there is more on the table and that the changes are working, the boat is getting quicker.

“It was five very long days but the good thing is we’ve been able to reward the entire shore crew with a win. We now have confidence in the tool we have, which is the most important thing.

“It does remind me of San Francisco when, once the guys can see that the boat is faster, then you start building some momentum.

“Getting that first victory was important today but I believe there is more speed in the tank.

“The boat is clearly faster because of the changes and it showed in the second race that if we as athletes can do a good job then the boat responds.

“We know we can do much better, but all in all we are just happy with the performance of the boat, to be able to get that race win, and to know that the boat is faster.”

In reply, Peter Burling acknowledged the new greater threat from ORACLE TEAM USA but remained confident in Emirates Team New Zealand being able to hold their advantage.

“We knew to expect a battle and now it appears we have got one,” remarked Burling.

“We felt they were a little rusty last weekend but we are under no illusions. When we entered this we knew we were in for one hell of a battle. It was nice to get those first wins and take a lead.

“We came out of a good battle today and managed to take another win but we feel we have plenty more to come.

“We didn’t sail particularly well today but it was great to walk away with another win. We’re really happy with the lead we have got and we’ll come back stronger, expecting a really great battle in the coming races.

“It’s no secret that when you look at our team, we are all very young and the advantage that gives us is that we are all pretty open and learn fast. We have an incredibly talented group of guys and we’re excited to get back out there and race again tomorrow.”

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton

Race Five

After five days away from racing Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA’s fightback against Emirates Team New Zealand started in the worst possible style in Race Five, the team being handed a penalty for crossing the start line too early, allowing Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand to sail into a clear lead.

“All of our onboard gear had us behind the line at the start but it was wrong,” bemoaned Spithill of the early penalty. “We both rely on pretty sophisticated software at times and in these boats you get one knot of difference and it changes everything.”

However, despite the setback, the American team responded spectacularly, closing the gap completely rounding the second gate before taking the lead in the first pass of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, on leg 3/7.

However, just as they had taken the lead, ORACLE TEAM USA were punished once again as the boats crossed for a second time on leg 3/7. Both teams appealed against the other but it was Jimmy Spithill who was penalised, his team having to fall two boat lengths behind his rival, effectively handing them the race victory.

To add insult to injury, the Defender’s pursuit of Emirates Team New Zealand was hampered even further as a poorly executed manoeuvre then saw them lose all momentum, allowing the Kiwis to sail well clear on leg 4/7.

The Kiwi team’s advantage stood at just over a minute at the fifth gate and by the time they crossed the finish line Emirates Team New Zealand were two minutes and four seconds ahead of their rivals, putting them 4-0 up at the end of race five.

Race Six

With the pressure mounting on Jimmy Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA, they finally halted Emirates Team New Zealand’s charge, securing a timely and vital 11 second victory over the Kiwis in the sixth race of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, to cut the deficit to 4-1.

In contrast to the first race of the day, both teams crossed the start line cleanly, with ORACLE TEAM USA beating Emirates Team New Zealand to mark one for the very first time in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

The lead then changed hands twice on leg two but it was Jimmy Spithill’s team which held a slender 12 second advantage at the third gate.

At gate four Spithill took a gamble, jibing in the run up to the next gate, but it proved to be an error and Burling took the shorter course to the gate to edge ahead of his rival.

However, ORACLE TEAM USA’s new-found speed paid dividends on leg 5/7 as they cut the gap to their rivals and engaged in close-quarter racing. Two passes then ensued between the two teams, with Spithill coming out on top, nudging ahead at the fifth gate.

Having eradicated the mistakes that had held back ORACLE TEAM USA in race five, Spithill kept his rival at bay in the run up to the finish line and sealed an 11-second win which, vitally, keeps ORACLE TEAM USA firmly in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

“We had a couple of good leads but some bad manoeuvres allowed them to catch us up,” conceded Peter Burling on defeat in race six. “We made a couple of mistakes and we lost some metres, however, full credit to them, they sailed better than us in that race.”

Race Results

Race Five: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 2 minutes and 4 seconds

Race Six: ORACLE TEAM USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand
by 11 seconds

Overall Standings

Emirates Team New Zealand 4*
ORACLE TEAM USA 1

* Emirates Team New Zealand started the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton -1 due to ORACLE TEAM USA’s win in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers

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Kiwis take two.

Match point.

It is now Match point Emirates Team New Zealand.

Day four of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, belonged firmly to Peter Burling and the New Zealand team who comfortably won the two scheduled races of the day, races seven and eight of the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup.

Having won race six on Saturday, ORACLE TEAM USA went into the second Sunday of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, looking to gain more ground on their Kiwi rivals, but the New Zealand juggernaut had found its pace again and was unbeatable in similar weather conditions to day three, Saturday 24th June.

The America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton leaderboard now stands at 6-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand who need only one more race to take the ‘Auld Mug’ back to their home country.

“We were absolutely delighted with how the day went,” said Peter Burling after claiming back-to-back victories to take his team to the verge of their first America’s Cup success since 2000. “We were disappointed to give away a race yesterday but we certainly made up for it today.

“We’ve got a fantastic team and you can see that out on the water. We’ve all got the same understanding of what we want to achieve and we are all on the same page.

“Despite the lead we won’t get ahead of ourselves because we still know we have a job to do and it’s still an incredibly tough ask.

“A lot has been said about what happened four years ago but I love the pressure. If you want to come all the way to Bermuda and win the America’s Cup then you have to deal with immense pressure. As a group we feel the pressure is bringing the best out of us and I think we’ve more than answered those questions.”

For ORACLE TEAM USA, this is familiar ground, and nobody would write off the Defenders who so memorably staged one of, if not the, greatest comebacks in sport when they pulled back from an 8-1 deficit to win the 2013 America’s Cup 9-8 against the same rivals.

“They [Emirates Team New Zealand] sailed better than us today and made a lot fewer mistakes,” conceded Jimmy Spithill on what was a disappointing day for ORACLE TEAM USA.

“They deserved to win both of the races because we clearly made far too many mistakes out there. We’re in a tough situation now and all we can really do is take this one race at a time.

“The plan certainly wasn’t to be in this position again, I can assure you of that, but we are here now so it is up to all of us to respond and react.

“You wouldn’t have been surprised to see a bit of a bad reaction out there today but the boys kept fighting and that’s great. Potentially, in a situation like this you could see a team split apart, but when we got ashore everyone pulled together because we know this isn’t over.

“I still think we can win races with this boat. We’ve proven we can races against these guys if we sail well but if we make too many mistakes like we did today then we won’t win races.”

Having made changes to their boat since the opening weekend of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Spithill was asked if there might also be changes to personnel on the ORACLE TEAM USA boat ahead of day five, to which he replied, “Anything is on the table. Every single team member in ORACLE TEAM USA will do whatever they can to help the team win.

“That includes me. If the team feel they have a better chance of winning with me on the wheel, I’ll be on the wheel, if we feel we have a better chance with me off the wheel, no problem. Our attitude has always been you put the team before yourself.

“Once again we will go away and review everything and tomorrow we will put out the boat, the configuration and the team we feel will give us the best possible chance to win some races.

“We don’t need to think too much about the end result, all we need to focus on is winning one race, and one race at a time. We have to learn from our mistakes and come out fighting stronger tomorrow, that’s it, that’s all we will be thinking about.”

Racing is scheduled to resume at 2.00pm on Monday 26th June with races nine and ten in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, taking place on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton

Race Seven

It was a drag race over the startline in race seven as both teams made clean getaways, Emirates Team New Zealand just ahead as they rounded mark one. Spithill blinked first, making the turn before Burling and slowly inching closer to the Kiwis as they headed towards gate two. On leg three there was very little between the two teams but the Kiwis extended their advantage again as they headed upwind, giving themselves a 32 second lead as they headed into leg four.

Despite the growing gap, ORACLE TEAM USA did not give up, continuing to try and claw back the advantage the Kiwis were building, but it was largely to no avail. The New Zealanders put on a dominant display, extending their lead to 40 seconds by gate four and then slightly back to 35 seconds at the fifth gate.

On leg six it looked as if Emirates Team New Zealand would wrap up the victory cleanly, but a bad jibe gave ORACLE TEAM USA a glimmer of hope. Spithill and his crew did everything they could to stop the leaderboard ticking round to 5-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand, reducing the deficit to 13 seconds at the sixth gate, but they were unable to bridge the gap completely and that left the Kiwis celebrating victory in race seven.

Race Eight

The second of Sunday’s two races started with Emirates Team New Zealand putting clear air between them and ORACLE TEAM USA well before the startline after Spithill had failed to box in his rival, having to watch Burling accelerating into a 13 second lead before Spithill had even crossed the start.
“We thought we would be able to pull a manoeuvre off but clearly we couldn’t, it was a big mistake,” admitted Spithill on the poor pre-start. “That really handed it to Peter and these guys were in a pretty easy situation to hook us and that’s game over really.”

By gate two that lead was already up to 24 seconds and Spithill chose to split the course, a decision that appeared to pay dividends as the gap started to decrease, but a penalty on leg four as ORACLE TEAM USA sailed outside the boundary effectively ended their hopes in race eight.

Again, Emirates Team New Zealand continued to extend their lead, reaching 36 seconds ahead at mark four, sailing their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat perfectly. This was in contrast to ORACLE TEAM USA whose minor issues kept increasing the difference between the two teams on the racetrack.

Finally, another dominant display by Burling and the New Zealand team culminated in a 30 second win in race eight over ORACLE TEAM USA, putting them on the brink of winning the 35th America’s Cup.

Race Results

Race Seven:

Emirates Team New Zealand bt ORACLE TEAM USA by 12 seconds

Race Eight:

Emirates Team New Zealand bt ORACLE TEAM USA by 30 seconds

Overall Standings

Emirates Team New Zealand 6*
ORACLE TEAM USA 1

* Emirates Team New Zealand started the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton -1 due to ORACLE TEAM USA’s win in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers

Cleveland Steamer
06-26-2017, 07:27 AM
Go ETNZ!

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06-26-2017, 10:39 AM
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Congratulations to Peter Burling and crew or ETNZ for winning the 35th America's Cup!!!

Photoboy
06-26-2017, 01:09 PM
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron accepts the challenge of Circolo della Vela Sicilia, which becomes the Challenger of Record for the XXXVI America's Cup.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is pleased to announce that it has accepted a challenge from Circolo della Vela Sicilia which was received immediately upon the victory of Emirates Team New Zealand in the last race of the 35th America's Cup.

As the first challenger, CVS will be the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and its representative team will be Luna Rossa Challenge.

The 36th America’s Cup will be open to further challengers from any organized Yacht Club of a foreign country under conditions to be announced in due course.

RNZYS and its representative team, Emirates Team New Zealand, look forward to working with CVS and Luna Rossa Challenge to create an exciting future for the event by combining innovation with the traditional sporting values of the America’s Cup.

By the Commodores.

Steve Mair.
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Agostino Randazzo Randazzo.
Circolo della Vela Sicilia.

IOR Geezer
06-27-2017, 09:41 AM
Luna Rossa?

Back to the future?

Carl Spackler
06-28-2017, 01:45 PM
They are going to shift to full foiling cruising cats with emphasis on style over speed.

psycho tiller
06-28-2017, 02:02 PM
They are going to shift to full foiling cruising cats with emphasis on style over speed.

My understanding is scoring will also be based on how many youtube hits and patreon donations each team is able to score. This is usually directly related to the number of scantily clad women in the videos so this should be great for tv ratings.

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07-02-2017, 03:04 PM
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Written by Frank Bures for New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/sports/sailing/americas-cup-new-zealand-oracle.html)



Nick Bowers heard his phone ring at 5 one morning in September 2015. He struggled out of bed and answered. On the line was a boat maker from Holland with an urgent request: Could he be in Italy that night to shoot video of the A-Class World Catamaran Championships?

Bowers, who lived in Lake Geneva, Wis., where he ran a small video production company, packed his drones and hurried to the airport in Chicago.

Word of Bowers’s dramatic sailing footage had been spreading through the sailing world. It was gorgeous and mesmerizing.

Bailey White, president of the United States A-Class Sailing Association, who recruited Bowers for the race in Italy, remembers his first impression. “I had never seen anyone be able to shoot the angles he was shooting,” White said. “While the boat was up in the air foiling, he was getting so low flying this drone that he was actually below the boat, so you got a sense for exactly how the boat was performing and how the sailors were doing.”

Bowers, whose work would earn him a spot with one of the two teams currently racing in the finals of the 2017 America’s Cup, came on this style almost accidentally. At first, he started filming without a monitor because he couldn’t afford one. He learned to work by watching the drone instead of watching the video feed. But he quickly found this gave him both better control and better footage.


This way he could film a foot off the water, just a few feet from the boat. If something went wrong, he could get the drone out of the way in time without the delay and distortion of a screen. He used the screen on the flight controller only for “rig shots” directly overhead.


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Nat Shaver is a foil designer who worked for Groupama Team France before it was knocked out of the Cup. He first met Bowers at a race in Oregon, and Shaver immediately appreciated the drone’s potential in the sport’s technological arms race, which has seen speeds go from around 12 knots (about 14 miles per hour) in 2007 to 26 knots (30 m.p.h.) in 2010 to 47 knots (54) in 2013.

The new speeds have been a problem for drone pilots, including Bowers. In 2015, he was using one of Dà-Jiāng Innovations’ Phantom models, which worked well most of the time, but he couldn’t keep up with the new racing boats. “I wanted to film one of these America’s Cup boats sailing upwind, but nothing commercially available could do that,” he said.


This way he could film a foot off the water, just a few feet from the boat. If something went wrong, he could get the drone out of the way in time without the delay and distortion of a screen. He used the screen on the flight controller only for “rig shots” directly overhead.



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Nat Shaver is a foil designer who worked for Groupama Team France before it was knocked out of the Cup. He first met Bowers at a race in Oregon, and Shaver immediately appreciated the drone’s potential in the sport’s technological arms race, which has seen speeds go from around 12 knots (about 14 miles per hour) in 2007 to 26 knots (30 m.p.h.) in 2010 to 47 knots (54) in 2013.

The new speeds have been a problem for drone pilots, including Bowers. In 2015, he was using one of Dà-Jiāng Innovations’ Phantom models, which worked well most of the time, but he couldn’t keep up with the new racing boats. “I wanted to film one of these America’s Cup boats sailing upwind, but nothing commercially available could do that,” he said.


One way Bowers got it was by relying on his eyes instead of the monitor. Another was by replacing the factory issue wide-angle lens with one that was rectilinear (similar to a 35 millimeter camera) for cleaner, more professional footage. “Basically,” Bowers said, “I wanted to trick people into thinking I was flying a big camera.”

The new skipper for Team New Zealand, Glenn Ashby, was impressed by Bowers’s work. He offered him a position running the team’s visual data program, including all the cameras on the boat, plus drones.

The team is known for its innovation, like being the first to put an America’s Cup boat on hydrofoils, and was desperate for some kind of advantage. It had nearly gone under when qualifying rounds were moved from Auckland to Bermuda in 2015, causing the team to lose government funding, sponsors and nearly all hope of winning, let alone surviving.

By late 2015, the Kiwis were busy working on a radical new boat design. On their new craft, every button, every rudder, every foil, every piece of rigging was wired with fiber-optic strings and sensors. These measured the strain and calculated the power output of the stationary bikes that had replaced the old hand grinders, which generate the power to move the sails. The boat, like all the boats in the Cup, was more like a floating brain, feeding back every piece of data that it could gather.


Bowers, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter moved to Auckland to help the team train. Every day he sailed in the chase boat behind the team for several hours as they tested new, aggressive moves. Back on shore, he would spend hours syncing his videos with the boat’s telemetric data. When that was finished, he would head to his own work space, where he was building a new, bigger drone, twice the size of his previous model, which could go from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in one second.

In February, the team revealed its new boat design. In April, training wound down and the boat was flown to Bermuda. Then, just before the Louis Vuitton Cup qualifying rounds started in May, Oracle also added a stationary bike to its boat.

As the qualifiers progressed, New Zealand and Oracle fought for the top spot, which Oracle won. In a small compensation, New Zealand achieved the holy grail of sailing by staying on its foils, its hulls out of the water, 100 percent of the time in a race against France. Then, four days later in the semifinals, its boat capsized and was damaged in violent winds.

But the Kiwis prevailed and then defeated Artemis Racing of Sweden to emerge as the challenger for a rematch with Oracle Team USA in the final in Bermuda’s Great Sound. Team New Zealand has a commanding 3-0 lead on Oracle in the first-to-seven series, with the next set of races scheduled for Saturday.

Because of Bermuda’s drones laws, Bowers did not travel with the team. Instead, he and his family of four (their son was born in Auckland) headed back to Wisconsin, where he is trying to start his own company, Bear UAV, using a 3-D carbon fiber printer to stamp out new drones.


But he isn’t finished with sailing. After the America’s Cup, Bowers will shoot the Corfu Challenge, a race in Greece next month.

Leandro Spina is U.S. Sailing’s Olympic development director. He works for the race and recruited Bowers to film it. “He can fly in conditions other people cannot,” Spina said. “When it gets pretty windy, Nick will fly. Other people will be like, ‘No, it’s too windy.’ But he has no limitation with drones.”


Nick Bowers VIMEO Page (https://vimeo.com/user4716395)

http://kettlecinema.com/

Angry Dolphin
07-02-2017, 08:11 PM
Nice work NIck!

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07-03-2017, 12:26 PM
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New Zealand's Civilian (http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/spithill-reveals-cup-is-useless-was-just-trying-to-get-rid-of-it-the-whole-time/) pens this piece... Enjoy!


Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill has blamed his team’s America’s Cup loss on not wanting to win.

“It’s a useless cup and I wanted to get rid of the bloody thing,” he told media today, breaking his silence for the first time since the initial post-match press conference.

“The past seven years have been a nightmare. I don’t know who designed it but it’s obvious they never used a cup in their lives.

“I think more about the America’s Cup than my own family. It really is an obsession.”

Spithill said the problems first came to light when the Oracle team tried to drink champagne from the Cup following their 2010 win.

“The thing weighs a bloody ton and you can’t drink from it single-handed, so good luck if you want a durrie to go with it.”

“We thought maybe it’d get easier, maybe when we hadn’t been racing right before, but it’s so long it’s like doing a yardie every time.”

Spithill said the problems only grew once he got the Cup home.

“Try fitting that in your standard-sized kitchen cupboard. You can’t. Too bloody tall. The kiwis had someone take to it with a sledgehammer when they had it to try and cut it down to size, but it didn’t work.”

Spithill said his frustrations with the Cup peaked in early 2013 when he tried to use it to make a mug cake.

“They call it the Auld Mug but you just try and make a simple mug cake in there. Bloody nightmare. Then you can’t clean the damn thing because it just goes on forever and you’d need an elephant trunk to get right up in that business.”

He said he was looking forward to losing the Cup in 2013, and almost succeeded. However, when Emirates Team New Zealand were up 8-1, Oracle boss Larry Ellison promised that if Spithill claimed victory, he’d keep the Cup in one of his garages. “Didn’t bloody happen though, did it?” Spithill said quietly while carving an AC/DC logo into the desk.

Since then Spithill attempted to use the Cup as a travel mug (“Doesn’t have a lid, doesn’t fit in the cup holder”), for baking measurements (“It’s not even an actual cup”), and as a coffee mug at the office (“Someone crooked fucker always thieves off with it”).

Spithill also noted that the Cup is not dishwasher or microwave safe and doesn’t fit under an espresso machine.

“Don’t know how the kiwis expect to get it under their Nespresso machine. They’re dreaming.”

“You go home at night and you can’t wait to get up and leave in the morning just so you can get away from it.”

Spithill said the team had tried hard to lose every race in the 2017 regatta.

Apart from one accidental win, he was happy with their efforts. “Every day I just try, I put everything I have in to getting the result.

“And now I have.”

Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said the kiwis hadn’t yet decided what they’d do with the Cup, but were entertaining offers from the Te Papa bagcheck counter and a Hamilton McDonald’s, for display in the playground.

He added that after “all the hubbub” of the past few weeks, the team was looking forward to a return to the normality of New Zealanders not caring about sailing.

Panama Red
07-03-2017, 02:20 PM
Where is Jimmy headed next?

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07-06-2017, 04:04 PM
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After a brief stop in Dubai to pay respects to their primary sponsor, ETNZ brought The
Cup to Auckland and received a hero's welcome at the airport, Viaduct Basin then
Waitemata Harbor for a complete Air, Land & Sea Victory Lap!

Fuull Story HERE (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/americas-cup-parade-new-zealand-crowds-brave-thunderstorm-to-welcome-crew)



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