The boat lost a race, that’s all

I am only semi interested in the America’s Cup. I may get more interested if I notice that it’s getting to the business end of a long drawn out battle of money and technology.

Media have already ramped up their coverage. And as certainly as the wind affects the races the media blows too hard at times.

Newstalk ZB: Team NZ pay for penalties against Team USA

Team NZ’s hopes of winning the America’s Cup have taken a hit with a pivotal loss to Team USA in the final race of the challenger qualifying series in Bermuda.

Does that sound drastic?

They go on to describe how Team NZ lost a race to Oracle because they didn’t sail as well.


Three further races remain on the final day of qualifying.

Regardless of the outcome, Team NZ will finish first among the challengers, giving them the right to choose their opponents for the best-of-nine semi-final phase.

So Team NZ lost a race (their second in the round against 8 wins) but have beaten all the other challengers overall, so the outcome didn’t really matter. Losing to Oracle now can’t be a big deal, getting to the finals and beating them then surely must be the aim.

Silly news reports won’t help raise interest in what’s happening in Bermuda.

1 News also goes dramatic in America’s Cup recap: Who will Team NZ race in tomorrow’s semi? Thinking caps on after gut-wrenching loss to Oracle

So gut wrenching that:

Here’s how qualifying ends:

  1. Oracle Team USA – 9
  2. Emirates Team NZ – 8
  3. Land Rover BAR – 6
  4. Artemis Racing – 5
  5. SoftBank Team Japan – 3
  6. Groupama Team France 2 (eliminated)

To recap, Team NZ will choose who out of Japan, Sweden and BAR they want to race in a best of five semi final starting tomorrow.


  1. Gezza

     /  June 4, 2017

    Thanks for the qualifying update: I haven’t been taking much interest yet, tbh. I got worried about the frankly embarrassing full-on, arrogant NZ media hubris last time. It felt like pride might come before a fall, & it did! I don’t think there’s any live free-to-air coverage is there?

    • I’m not sure what happens after that. Maybe straight to the final against Oracle, who got to sail (or fly) in this round for practice..

  2. NOEL

     /  June 4, 2017

    In a short space of time we’ve come to learn its not really about sailing skills but whose got the best lawyers at the design acceptance and race rules stage.
    The cup lives right up to its title.

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  June 4, 2017

    The bit you missed is that the race win to Oracle means they take a 1 – nil lead into the America’s Cup proper when it begins. Had Team NZ won they would have had the leg up if they go on to win the Louis Vuitton Cup and become the challenger..
    As such it was gut wrenching and has a real effect on the chances of winning the cup.

    Just because you don’t follow it or understand it does not make it overblown.

    And the lawyers have been mercifully absent this time around – the Cup is rating very highly, has had close and interesting racing and looks to be a great success so far.

    • Gezza

       /  June 4, 2017

      I’ve only seen a few news clips HFD. Is it a yacht race or twin-hulled, wind-powered ekranoplan race? 😳

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 4, 2017

        It really is formula 1 on the water these days. Quite spectacular in my opinion.
        I’ve heard the boats described as being like an aeroplane wing balanced on two surfboards.
        These things are incredibly complicated. They go more than 3 times the wind speed and have reached speeds of almost 90kmph on the water.
        For all the Oracle’s mind games and skewing the rules, the event they have come up with is something special.
        The boats sail in a wide range of conditions. The location, while geographically remote has great conditions and a fantastic layout for the racing.
        Races are all over after 20 minutes.
        Much of the make up of these boats is identical, so there are only a few areas where teams can innovate – like Team NZ using bikes to do the “grinding”. This has made for close racing while still allowing for innovation and design to play its part.
        Because it is a new class of boat – never raced before now – the boats are getting better and better with each outing and even over the space of a couple of days there have been great leaps.
        The early mornings are tough work though…