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09-24-2013 06:27 AM
Omatako
Re: America's Cup opening races

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Indeed... it's getting as lopsided as the earlier races when ETNZ was doing a similar job... It's getting more interesting.
Spithill said on TV a day or so ago "This is a long way from over".

He is proving that statement to be correct.
09-22-2013 07:45 PM
Faster
Re: America's Cup opening races

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Great racing today for OTUSA. Wow. They simply outraced ETNZ, no other way to describe it.
Indeed... it's getting as lopsided as the earlier races when ETNZ was doing a similar job... It's getting more interesting.
09-22-2013 07:03 PM
delite
Re: America's Cup opening races

Thanks Minne I knew I had to be missing something
09-22-2013 06:57 PM
Minnewaska
Re: America's Cup opening races

Great racing today for OTUSA. Wow. They simply outraced ETNZ, no other way to describe it.
09-22-2013 06:54 PM
Minnewaska
Re: America's Cup opening races

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.....When I sail the wind is often coming from a less than ideal direction but I go anyway. Seems to me this is supposed to be a test of sailing ability and to me that means dealing with less than ideal conditions. I am not a racer so can someone please explain the logic of this to me.....
Exactly the opposite. They only want wind that comes up and down the course, requiring tacking and jibing. They don't want ideal wind where both boats just reach up and down. It is supposed to be a test of skill.
09-22-2013 05:24 PM
delite
Re: America's Cup opening races

Yesterdays races were cancelled due to the wind direction being 20-30 degrees off the preferred direction rather than windspeed being too high. When I sail the wind is often coming from a less than ideal direction but I go anyway. Seems to me this is supposed to be a test of sailing ability and to me that means dealing with less than ideal conditions. I am not a racer so can someone please explain the logic of this to me. Would it have made it impossible to complete a race within the allotted 40 minutes?
09-17-2013 05:46 AM
Omatako
Re: America's Cup opening races

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Originally Posted by SchockT View Post
Imagine if it got REALLY light and they found themselves without a sprit to fly a code zero!
You better believe they can re-install the bowsprit in less time than it needs to reach the next start line. They almost certainly are not getting enough advantage from removing it to warrant the risk of a light air race without a code zero.

As Julie said, the wind speed in the SF Bay are pretty rock solid predictable -they are very unlikely to change that significantly during one race. I would be astonished to find a code zero stowed on board along with it's continuous line furler. That's an awful lot of weight to schlep along just in case. The sail bag is probably about as big as a family sedan.
09-17-2013 03:01 AM
SchockT
Re: America's Cup opening races

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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!
09-16-2013 11:51 AM
Minnewaska
Re: America's Cup opening races

ETNZ was ahead, at least, when the race was scrubbed on Sat for high winds.

Still, this has been a more interesting series than I expected. I still think that seeing sailors in body armor and helmets is silly, but there is enough competitiveness to make this worth watching.
09-16-2013 08:49 AM
JulieMor
Re: America's Cup opening races

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.)
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