Video: Postcard from America’s Cup
Watched the races again from in front of the St Frances Yacht Club where I could see the flags on the Committee Boat, starting line and first buoy rounding right in front of us. Met some great local people who knew this was the perfect spot to see the action.
Emirates Team NZt won both races and since both crews are highly skilled, it appears boat design is a big factor.
Conditions: Race 6
Wind 12.2 knots (light)
Tide high at 1528
Flood tide running 1.4-1.8 mph (into harbor)
Oracle had port entry at line 2 minute warning, Kiwis 20 seconds later.
1st mark (windward) Oracle led by 9 seconds
2nd Down hill mark near Alcatraz Oracle led by 12 seconds
Tacking duel going up wind, Emirates Team NZ tacks faster and took lead after 2 nod tack, 5 total tacks up wind
3rd mark (windward) Kiwis led by 44 seconds and 200 meters
4th mark down hill near Alcatraz Kiwi’s led by 42 seconds and 400 meters
Finish: Emirates Team NZ wins by 47 seconds
Observation from shore; Kiwi’s jibe and tack faster than Oracle
0). Before 6th race Oracle changed tactician to Ben Ainsile, replacing John Kostecki
1). Equal speed both boats going downwind, first down hill leg, however Kiwi’s could stay up on foil during jibe every time, Oracle couldn’t
2). At bottom mark 2, split tack at buoy. Oracle, went left toward shore, Kiwi’s went right (toward Alcatraz). Kiwi’s cross tacked twice with Oracle, on third, tack Kiwi’s on starboard played chicken with Oracle forcing Oracle to bear off, race over… Kiwi’s, then covered Oracle all the way up the rest of windward leg
3). At up wind mark #3, wind picked up and Kiwis took off, laid top mark 42 seconds ahead of Oracle, again nailed the door shut game over… hammer time “can’t touch me”!
4). Down to mark 4 just a parade, Kiwis rounded mark 42 seconds ahead of Oracle. Cruzed to finish line
Conditions during Race 7 much the same Kiwi’s had better boat speed, jibing and tacking faster than Oracle.
Scored some great photos. Thanks to Andre Martinez — a great photographer with a great camera.
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