Video: Postcard from America’s Cup
Over the weekend Oracles boat was moving much faster through water during Race 8.. Their tacks and jibs were quicker too. The last three races were the best yet and can only be described by watching live or on YouTube (link below). Weather conditions caused the cancellation of Race 9.
Watched Race 8 east of Golden Gate Yacht Club on jetty wehere I could see flags on Committee Boat, starting line, 1st mark, mark 2, (near pier 29), mark 3 rounding (north CrisseyField) and 2 down hill runs and 1 uphill tack.
Oracle won, NZ nearly capsized on windward leg from mark 2 to Mark 3, ¾ the way uphill.
Race 9 Cancelled on Saturday as conditions were above wind limit set at maximum 22.9 knots
Sunday races 9 and 10 watched from shore, west of St Francis Yacht Club, just south of windward mark 1, south and east windward mark 3. Conditions; Sunny no fog, low tide at 2:45 pm (so both races pretty much in ebb tide water going out of SF Bay).
Race 9 Oracle won by 16 seconds
Race 10 NZ won by 47 seconds
Score after Sunday races NZ 7 Oracle 1
Races 9 and 10 were the best I have ever seen. Catamarans going 50mph down hill getting into tacking duels to windward, lead changed 4 times in race 10.
Overall Oracle developed better boat speed and tacking from previous races 1 to 7.
Great racing, many tacking duels, good boat speed with ability to use full course due to ebb to slack tide during racing. (Boats restricted to sail closer to City side of course during flood tide when tacking uphill due to ocean current coming in Bay.)
Kiwi’s celebrating at America’s Cup Park on pier 27-29 after races. Humor shows through in true Kiwi style.
No races Tuesday: 25 knot winds with white caps on Bay. Regatta Director Ian Murray called off races from Committee Boat near staring line Tuesday at 1:13pm.
Took the opportunity to visit the media Center at the America’s cup Park after races called off and learned technical stuff about hulls, wings and foils. Was interesting for me cause I used to lay up fiberglass on molds at Alviso Marine in late ‘60s and ‘70s ( a real messy job with low pay) and later at Redwood City Marine before going back to college.
AC45 and AC72 Oracle hulls, winged mast and cross bars were manufactured in Warkworth NZ and assembled (as per rules), in San Francisco, in the team’s country of origin.
Races 11 and 12 of the 34th are today with Emirates Team New Zealand needing two more victories to win the Cup for a third time (1995, 2000).
Latest update: Wind postpones racing after Emirates Team New Zealand wins Race 11 and leaves the Kiwi’s singing:
"One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It's the loneliest number since the number one" - Three Dog Night, 1969
And Oracle waiting for the ‘fat lady’ to sing.
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