America’s Cup day 4

Day 4 of racing in the America’s Cup with Oracle USA defending against Team NZ.

Team NZ put on a spurt at the start and lead all the way in light shifty conditions. Mid race they had stretched out to a handy lead, but Oracle closed up to make it a one mistake race. Team NZ held on for another win.

I wouldn’t call it an emphatic wind, it got quite close towards the end. One mistake could have swung the result.

Team NZ now lead 5-1 in the first to 7 series.

Race 2 today

Oracle seemed to really stuff up their start.Team NZ snookered them and shot out to an easy lead over the line.

Oracle closed right up in leg 3 but Team NZ shot out again. Seems quite fickle.

Leg 5 Team NZ out to a large lead.

An easy win in the end. 100% fly time, the commentators are calling it almost a perfect race.

6-1 to Team NZ, match point.

But…we’ve been here before, in San Francisco an 8-1 lead on match point turned into a wrought loss after Oracle came back with new speed.

This time the experts say that big technical improvements are far less likely due to the deliberate similarity of the boats.

Racing will resume tomorrow just after 5 am NZ time (two races scheduled).

A report on today’s racing: Super Sunday belongs to Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand

28 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 26, 2017

    Delayed Coverage on Prime, Freeview Channel 10 @ 6.30 – 8.55 am.

  2. 🇳🇿 🇳🇿 🙏🏼

  3. Burling – master of understatement. He’s one laconic Kiwi. I think Colin Meads, Steve Hansen and other men of few words who get the job done.

    Spithill otoh 😏

  4. What about that second start!

    • Burling blitzed Spittall and that won them the race before they crossed the start line.

  5. artcroft

     /  June 26, 2017

    I can’t see Larry Ellison letting the cup go without indulging in the time honour tradition of going to court. Time to lawyer up… and buy an American Judge.

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  June 26, 2017

    Spithill seemed a broken man after race 2 today. He trotted out the fighting words, but has the pall of doom over him.

    It could have been interesting if Oracle had this weeks boat last week and had the time to learn how to use it, but at best they now have parity speed wise and lose a bit stability wise. 6 on the trot now would be a genuine miracle and Burling is no-one’s mug – he won’t be giving any races away.

    Let’s put it to bed tomorrow morning!

    • Gezza

       /  June 26, 2017

      Are they racing again tomorrow? Thought I heard a commentator say they’d race next on the weekend?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 26, 2017

        2 races a day til done now, so a maximum 3 more consecutive days weather permitting (but hopefully not needed…).

        Oracle just wanted 2 full weekends of racing hence the gap.

        Forecast tomorrow is for a little more wind than today, but still lightish – so all good for 5.12am or a little later if you’re a Primer.

  7. Zedd

     /  June 26, 2017

    I heard a lady on ‘am show’ (TV3) saying the same thing as I; the Americas cup is no longer about sailing.. its more like ‘wind-power gliders’ flying above the water. Maybe its time they reassess what its actually supposed to be: Yachts SAILING/racing ON the water !

    Rich boys playing with their toys 😦

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 26, 2017

      Really? Can you not imagine this technology automated and powered to provide super-fast marine transport cutting costs and time?

      • Zedd

         /  June 26, 2017

        of course, brilliant.. but is it sailing or flying/gliding ?

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 26, 2017

          It is sailing in the same way F1 is driving.

          Sailing is wind powered travel over water using sails is it not?

          The America’s Cup is supposed to be the pinnacle of this and the technology on show here is quite incredible.

          It is interesting that despite the changes, it is still pre-starts, tacking, gybing, VMG calculations and match racing tactics that have decided the races.

          And the water is still a critical element – how the dagger boards and rudders interact with the water is one of the definitive features of the boats’ performance.

          There are plenty of yacht races available in standard yachts for the purist to enjoy. The AC offers something new and different.

          The technology is already permeating through dinghy sailing and other yachting classes.

          • Zedd

             /  June 26, 2017

            i could try.. but i cant fault your points HFD.. ‘touche’

  8. Conspiratoor

     /  June 26, 2017

    Don’t write Oracle off yet. Word on the street is that Larry has told Jimmy to take a hike and give the helm to arguably the best match racer in the world today. You heard it here first folks

    • Blazer

       /  June 26, 2017

      Burlington is the. .best.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  June 26, 2017

        Never heard of him …the …best… kept secret?

        • Gezza

           /  June 26, 2017

          Can’t find me fookin red socks 😡

          • High Flying Duck

             /  June 26, 2017

            WHAT!!!? She’s finished…San Fran all over again – look harder dammit man!

          • Gezza

             /  June 26, 2017

            Shit! I haven’t got any money. I’ll have to wear the wife’s pink bedsocks for the next race & hope for the best. 😕

        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 26, 2017

          Ashby is probably the best going around. Thankfully we kept him despite Oracle’s best efforts.

          But changing to Slingsby at this stage is rearranging deck chairs. If Spithill wasn’t their best he wouldn’t have been at the helm til now.

          The problem is their boat is a few weeks behind ours in development rather than the sailors.

          I’m picking we win one of tomorrow’s races and we’re done.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  June 26, 2017

            And with these boats you couldn’t put someone truly new at the helm without putting the whole crew at risk.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  June 26, 2017

            I hope you are correct High Flier but Larry’s last minute switch in navigator last time was a master stroke

            • High Flying Duck

               /  June 26, 2017

              Well, Adding Ben Ainslie to the crew to replace John Kostecki was part of it, but mostly it was adding the Boeing developed stability system that suddenly enabled them to foil upwind and sail around 10 knots faster than Team NZ.
              Team NZ were like a Corolla facing a Ferrari once the modifications were done.
              Barker was treated very harshly over losing the final 8 races when there was simply no chance.
              Unless Oracle can come up with a similar performance jump overnight they are simply not good enough to beat Burling(ton…) 6 times in a row in an even contest.
              But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be chewing nails to the knuckle in the morning until that win is on the board.