America’s Cup – day 2

Team NZ is racing Oracle Team USA again in the second day of racing in the Americas Cup in Bermuda.

Team NZ had started the first to seven series at -1 due to a previous round quirk, but after winning both races on the opening day they led 1-0 going into the second day of racing.

This is being broadcast live on Sky Sport and delayed broadcast on Prime TV.

Newshub: America’s Cup 2017: Live updates – Team New Zealand v Oracle Team USA – day two

Race 3

1:10 pre-start – Team NZ gain the early advantage as they draw closer to the start line. Spithill trying to push Burlingto the outside line. Both boats on their foils immediately, neck and neck to mark one.

Team NZ gradually stretched their lead through the race. The seem to have better boat speed overall and have avoided making any drastic mistakes. Oracle under pressure make some mistakes.

Finish- The Kiwis blitz to the line leaving the Americans in their wake A fantastic performance by the Kiwis, clinical throughout as they lead from start to finish. The American boat has struggled to cope with Team NZ upwind, and that’s been the story of the series so far.

Race three – Team NZ win by 49 seconds.

So it’s 2-0 to team NZ with one more race to go today.

Race 4

Pre-start – Both boats jostling for position. Bad gybe by Team NZ sees them on the backfoot, in a tricky predicament as they edge to the line. Great recovery from Burling however, and he takes the early lead as they race to mark one.

Halfway through the race Team NZ are about 200m ahead.

Leg 5/7 – The lead has been cut down to 40 seconds but it’s still looking very comfortable for NZ out there.

There’s scant comfort when you know that one mistake can lose a race and can even break a boat.

Leg 6/7 – The advantage is almost a full kilometre now. Both crews seem almost a little stunned by this utter NZ dominance.

Team NZ go on to win another race to go 3-0 up.

Finish – It’s a margin of 1:12 in the end for the NZ boat on an almost perfect day’s racing for Peter Burling and their crew.

So it’s dominance for Team NZ so far, but there is now a break in racing until next weekend.

Can Oracle come up with another miracle improvement?

23 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 19, 2017

    @ 6.30 – 8.55 am NZ Time on Prime’s freeview delayed coverage – for the poor & downtrodden, such as myself.

    • Gezza

       /  June 19, 2017

      What’s a wen? 😳
      Jimmy Spithill just said he wants to go out there & get one. 😕

  2. alloytoo

     /  June 19, 2017

    How many millions can Oracle pump into the NZ yachting industry in a week?

    • PDB

       /  June 19, 2017

      Naming their team/boat after Gareth Morgan probably helped with the recognition factor.

  3. Conspiratoor

     /  June 19, 2017

    A glass half empty view would see one of two outcomes…

    Oracle will use their learnings over the next 5 days to negate the difference in speed
    Oracle will ram and sink TNZ in the penultimate race, thus denying us any chance of victory. Any damage incurred by Oracle would be irrelevant since as the defenders they get to have two boats

    • Gezza

       /  June 19, 2017

      ➡️ 👹 ⬅️ x2

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 19, 2017

        Good thinking, C. The other option is to create a dispute and head to the US courts for rescue.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  June 19, 2017

          Hi, I’m Larry. I have very deep pockets. My net wealth exceeds your GDP. I know Colin Craig

          • Gezza

             /  June 19, 2017

            Everybody knows flocking Colin Craig ! He’s seen to that.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 19, 2017

      The problem Oracle have is that it is innovation, not budget that is winning this cup. Team NZ have spent years developing what Oracle need to surpass in a week.

      Any changes they make have to be developed, built, installed and tested on the water before next Sunday which puts them on a very tight timeline. The boats are incredibly complex – it takes 10 weeks to create a new foil for example.

      It also seems clear TNZ have been holding back at each stage. They have said they are not sailing in the next day or so as they are putting in their own improvements and modifications. Even if Oracle can match the TNZ of this week, by next week we will be better again. This is the big lesson learned from SF (that and don’t have Dean Barker as skipper…)

      This Cup has been noticeable for the lack of on-the-water litigation. It has been very clean and the doom merchants predicting TNZ would be taken out have been proven incorrect.

      On the water umpiring has been a huge advance – and they have been pretty fair with the only major error going in our favour.

      Oracle needed to launch any second boat a month before the Qualifiers, so they don’t actually have one. I have heard they have modified Team Japan’s boat (a sister boat to Oracle) to meet eligibility criteria if needed, but it is a stretch to think it would offer any advantages.

      I like Peter Burling’s strategy of being far enough in front that hitting us is not an option…

      As long as we don’t put ourselves in a position where they have right of way and we do not give way to them – which they would take advantage of I’m sure – I can’t see them doing anything deliberate. They may be “the evil empire” in our minds, but they are still professional sailors and competitors.

      Crashing one of these boats could easily lead to fatalities, so wouldn’t be done deliberately.

      I’m certainly not counting chickens, and race one on Sunday will be nerve wracking, but it really is hard to see Oracle conjuring up a miracle this time around.

      • Blazer

         /  June 19, 2017

        I hope you’re right…Burling is exceptionnel.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 19, 2017

          The only things that seem to be out of Burling’s control are his eyebrows!

      • Conspiratoor

         /  June 19, 2017

        Sounds plausible high flier. However what coutts did with a jumbo jet and 24 hours last time was unbelievable!

        • Whoops. Deleted, wrong thread.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  June 19, 2017

            Eh?

            • Gezza

               /  June 19, 2017

              Wrong thread I suspect.

            • Gezza

               /  June 19, 2017

              If not, it could be a bit a bit of a worry for yachting teams.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  June 19, 2017

              Killing, cutting down and cannabilism. That went downhill fast!

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 19, 2017

          You’re not wrong – Coutts’ nous is second to none, but he’s stepped back from this cup and I’m not sure how involved he was in the design phase with these new boats – they are something quite different.

          However, we will have to wait and see what next weekend brings. Looking forward to it and no matter what happens, I think we will have played our cards perfectly, so if we lose it will be due to Oracle doing something sensational rather than us stuffing up.