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Re: AC 34 - What If?

Originally Posted by jzk View Post
These boats are far from the same. Oracle has won most of the starts. But, they just can't go upwind with ETNZ.
They're not far from the same at all. I agree with Minne's breakdown of the upwind/downwind advantages, but they are minimal (hence the sub-minute splits at the finishes).

It's the sailing and strategy that's making the critical difference - not the boats. OR just can't sail as well as NZ. How do you blow a 40 second lead DOWNWIND on the first leg? By being OR.

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