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

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?

Americas Cup final

The start of the finals series in the Americas Cup between Oracle USA and Team NZ started in Bermuda this morning NZ time.

Oracle need to win 7 races to win, Team NZ need to win 8 (they incurred a penalty due to an odd heats rule and started the final on -1).

I couldn’t avoid seeing the results of the first two races on Twitter but I’m watching delayed coverage on Prime now.

The first race looks like a rout. Oracle won the start but received a penalty and Team NZ took over the race from there.

Team NZ started well in the second race, lost all of a large lead on one leg, then raced away after a poor gybe by Oracle.

After day 1 it is 1-0 to Team NZ.

Americas Cup challenger final win

Team NZ has just won the Americas Cup Challenger series against Artemis.

Stuff:  Live: Team NZ v Artemis – America’s Cup challenger series final race day three

NZ cross the line — they have done it!!!!!!

Well NZ, that was worth the wait. The grudge rematch is set up with Jimmy Spithill.

Swedes come in 56s behind

Burling: we feel like we are in great shape to take Oracle on now.

The boat configuration was really good today. we got a good start and sailed a good race. We felt fast.
Artemis have given us the tough racing we need. We are just super excited to take on Oracle in about a week’s time

AMERICA’S CUP CHALLENGERS FINAL

(First to 5 wins)

Tuesday’s schedule

5.12am: Race 7 – NZ v Sweden by 56s

NZ win 5-2

So it’s on to the final against Oracle.

Team NZ v Artemis in challenger final

I suppose it’s time to take a bit more interest in the Americas Cup (but today I will be paying more attention to rugby in New Zealand and roller derby on the Gold Coast).

RNZ:  America’s Cup: Sweden’s Artemis to take on Team NZ

Sweden’s Artemis will line up against Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup challenger final in Bermuda.

Nathan Outteridge’s team secured the one win they needed, beating Dean Barker’s Softbank Team Japan by 13 seconds, after a storming come-from-behind performance.

The result eliminates Barker, whose team had a close relationship and technology-sharing agreement with defender Oracle TeamUSA.

After securing the first finalist slot yesteray, Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling had been diplomatic on which opponent he’d rather face.

“We’re watching a really interesting battle unfold between Artemis and Softbank, and both are sailing incredibly well, and we’re under no illusions that we’ll be in for a fight in the final,” he told the post-race media conference.

Artemis’ Nathan Outteridge portrayed his team as one on the up after three straight wins over Softbank yesterday, to lead 4-3.

And now:

In the challenger finals, starting on Sunday, Artemis and Team New Zealand will race three times a day until one secures five wins, to step up into the America’s Cup match against Oracle TeamUSA.

 

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.

Then:

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.