Americas Cup day 3

Racing has resumed in the Americas Cup between Team NZ and Oracle USA. Team NZ currently lead the first to 7 series by 3-0.

Most interest is on what improvements both teams might have made during the 5 day break.

Race 5

Oracle started too soon so immediately concede a penalty, giving team NZ the early advantage. But the gap has closed right up.

Another penalty to Oracle and from there Team NZ has stretched a long way out in front, but commentators say that there is no question that Oracle is quicker than last week.

A clinical and slick Team NZ win again to go to 4-0.

In a post-race interview Jimmy Spittall agrees that they have increased their boat speed but at the cost of manoeuvrability, which was evident in a number of bad jibes when they dropped off their foils and lost a lot of ground.

Race 6

Oracle start better and lead around the first mark. But another wobbly jibe lets Team NZ back in.

Round gate 4 Oracle have a good lead. But suddenly Team NZ are in front. And then Oracle beats them to the last gate and has a handy lead again.

And Oracle have sailed a very god race to pull off a good win.

4-1 to Team NZ going into day 4 tomorrow.

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6 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 25, 2017

    Don’t tell me don’t tell me 😬 I’m not reading any of that I’m watching delayed coverage on Prime & I want all the excitement of not knowing the results until they happen ! 😀

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 25, 2017

      I never have watched it except for what’s on the news, but find it hard to take an interest in it now that the ‘boats’ look like spacecraft, obviously never intended to actually sail in. What’s the point ? It’s against the spirit of the thing, I think.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 25, 2017

        It’s all hard hard work, skill, improvisation, tactics, intelligence, team work, leadership calls, risk-taking, high speed, danger, & cutting edge technology – just like the moon landings.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 25, 2017

          I know, but it doesn’t seem like yacht racing any more-I liked it better when the boats looked like boats. They could have all those things in real boats.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 25, 2017

            Not the speed, Kitty, nothing like the speed. The Americas Cup has always been about those things above, yes,, but the speed, the risk, the technology, are at a higher level than they’ve ever been – and when the boats are evenly matched, as they seem to be – it’s down, as it always has been, to who are the best sailors.

            And now, we can watch all the action as it happens, from on board, above, on the water. It’s pretty cool, I must say.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 28, 2017

              Everyone else must be wondering why they didn’t use foot/leg power when we all know how much stronger legs are than arms. I bet that whoever thought of it leapt out of bed and ran around crying ‘EUREKA !!!!’

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