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34th America's Cup: San Diego Fleet Race Championship
ORACLE Racing wins the fleet race in front of Emirates. French Energy takes third.
34th America's Cup: San Diego Match Racing Finals
ORACLE Racing's Spithill wins the finals against Energy Team with 2-0. Emirates Team New Zealand takes third and Artemis Racing fourth.
34th America's Cup
The Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco will host the 34th America's Cup. The America's Cup trophy was originally awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight which was won by the schooner America. The trophy was renamed the America's Cup after the boat and was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC).
One Second: Alinghi
wins the 32nd America's Cup
NZL92 claimed the lead from the start, but SUI 100 took the windward mark 7 seconds ahead. Down the run, the Kiwi demonstrated better gybes and spinnaker, and with the Alinghi spinnaker flailing momentarily, the Kiwis took again the lead. At the bottom gate, the Kiwis opted for the simpler spinnaker drop, taking the left-hand mark, Alinghi making a difficult gybe-drop look easy and rounding the right-hand mark 14 seconds behind.
After a tacking duel which resulted in a penaly for the Kiwis, NZL92 rounded the final mark 12 seconds behind. On the final run to the finish, the breeze was dropping. Alinghi was on the final approach to the finish when their spinnaker pole flew off the mast, the spinnaker flailing. At the same time the breeze dropped and shifted massively. Alinghi - dead in the water - was overtaken. Then the Kiwis almost reached the line and took their penalty with a double-tack. Struggling to accelerate, they bore away to cross but Alinghi made it across the finish by just 1 second.
Alinghi closing in for the kill
SUI 100 led early in this race but Kiwi skipper Dean Barker was able to take the lead at the top mark and kept it all the way down the run. Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth sought separation at the leeward gate, opting for the right hand side. It looked like a poor decision early, with the Kiwis lifting off on the left. But eventually the right came good, and Alinghi tacked, coming back strongly. Barker was able to fend the Swiss off with a lee bow tack a couple of times, but eventually, SUI 100 was able to sail over the top and into the lead. Alinghi led into the second top mark and held its lead on the run to the finish.
Bursted Spinnaker gives Alinghi 3:2 lead
The Kiwis had a 12 second lead at the second, windward mark. SUI 100 was coming up fast, just two lengths behind NZL 92. Then, a disaster for the Emirates squad, as their spinnaker burst. The replacement wasn’t rigged properly. It took a full three minutes to get the boat settled at full pace again, and by then, Alinghi had taken a lead it would never surrender.
Alinghi ties in race 4
Being in control of the race from the start, Alinghi won by 30s.
Kiwis take 2:1 lead in race 3
Emirates Team New Zealand the Kiwis found a better breeze on the right side of the race course on the first leg which gave them a 300 m lead which they pretty much squandered during a messy spinnaker drop. At the final mark, Alinghi was 15s ahead. Down the run, Alinghi first protected the right, then gybed to the left, allowing the Kiwis to take the right. The wind on the right came good, NZL 92 sneaked into the lead, and when the boats met again just metres from the finish line, the Kiwis were ahead by just two boatlengths. They gybed in front of SUI 100 and crossed the line 25 seconds in front of the Swiss boat; a breathtaking finish to an extraordinary race.
New Zealand levels score
The Kiwis won starboard advantage after NZL-92 crossed in front of Alinghi to start but this lead was short-lived as Alinghi pushed out in front after tacking to port halfway up the first leg. SUI-100 extended the lead to over a two boat-lengths before making the first cross of the NZL-92 yacht with a 19s lead around the first marker. Alinghi's lead was down to 13s at the second mark before NZL-92 gained on the left side of the course up the third leg, pushing ahead of Alinghi and around the final marker. They secured the win by reaching the finish line 28s before SUI-100.
first match by 35s
America's Cup defender Alinghi team won the first race of the 32nd America’s Cup Match on Saturday June 23-rd. While the Emirates Team New Zealand had a strong start, Alinghi showed better pace, eventually forcing the Kiwis to tack off, and when the boats came together for a first cross, was ahead. Alinghi was able to convert that small advantage into a 13 second lead at the top mark. By the finish it was Alinghi winning by 35 seconds. The overall winner will be decided in eight more matches. More ...
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Louis Vuitton
Cup in a five win sweep
Emirates Team New Zealand won its fifth consecutive race of the Final to sweep the Louis Vuitton Cup 5-0 and advance to the America’s Cup Match. Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge put up a brave fight in this final contest on Wednesday afternoon, but were were beaten by 22 seconds.
Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand in Louis Vuitton Cup
With a 5-th victory over Desafio Espanol in race 7, Team New Zealand secures its place in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals where Prada's Luna Rossa awaits the Kiwis. The final will start on june 1-st and the winner will be determined in a series of 9 races.
ACC Season Championship: Ranking after Trapani Louis Vuitton Act 9
1. ALINGHI - SUI
2. EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND - NZL
3. BMW ORACLE RACING - USA
4. LUNA ROSSA CHALLENGE - ITA
5. DESAFIO ESPAÑOL 2007 - ESP
6. VICTORY CHALLENGE - SWE
7. K-CHALLENGE - FRA
8. +39 CHALLENGE - ITA
9. MASCALZONE LATINO - CAPITALIA TEAM - ITA
10. UNITED INTERNET TEAM GERMANY - GER
11. TEAM SHOSHOLOZA - RSA
12. CHINA TEAM - CHN
Sweden's Victory Challenge suffered a setback on Friday when it broke its mast in an accident at the team base compound during preparations for the Trapani Louis Vuitton Acts 8 & 9. More ...