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Re: America's Cup opening races

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Originally Posted by JulieMor View Post
In the first race Oracle won the winds were high. And Oracle did well on the 3rd leg. The next two races won by Oracle saw close to the max winds and Oracle won handily. The last race yesterday the winds dropped a bit and ETNZ won.

I don't know for sure it's just the winds and I don't know where the split lies if it is, but so far Oracle hasn't won a race when the winds weren't blowing hard (relative to the max.)
I think you are right. The pundits have said all along that Oracle is faster in more breeze. They have done some mods to their boat recently, and it would be really interesting to see if they are still competitive in the lighter stuff.

Imagine if it got REALLY light and they found themselves without a sprit to fly a code zero!

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