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34th America's Cup 2013 San Fransico Harbour California Racing Stats
Results Summary.

Race 8 Almost Diaster for Emirates Team New Zealand and also incurred a penalty for impeeding Oracle.

Did the Americans cheat in 1851??

Most people know that the America’s Cup is named for its first winner, the Schooner America, and not for the country from which she came.
But not so many know that the Auld Mug could still be named the 100 Guineas Cup and that would mean that the British would actually have won the thing.
When the gun went America was hanging back but she quickly moved through the fleet until there were just four boats in front of her. But she was being
jostled by the pack and Brown decided to head for clear air and sailed her inside the Nab light vessel that marked the eastern end of the course, thus giving himself the lead.

The race had taken seven-and-a-half hours.

The next day the owner of Brilliant formally protested America for going the wrong side of the mark. However the Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Earl of Winton,
explained that ‘by mistake’ America had been given two sets of sailing instructions and anyway there had been an observer from the Squadron on board.
The protest was diplomatically withdrawn and the Cup was awarded to the New York Yacht Club.

The simple fact was that the American boat was a better and faster design and was assisted by a bit of incompetence from the organising committee.
Two themes that would be repeated pretty much untill this day and onwards.

04 Sep 2013

The International Jury has released its findings in the protest by the America's Cup Event Authority against Oracle Team USA over the addition of illegal weights to two of the team's
AC45s during the World Series. Oracle was charged under Protocol Article 60.1 ( protecting the reputation of the America’s Cup) and individuals were charged under Rule 69 of the
ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (gross misconduct ). The jury has come down heavily on the team, deducting them two points from the America's Cup Match Races.
This means they will need to win 11 races while Emirates Team New Zealand has only to win nine.

Oracle has also been fined $250,000 which will be donated to charity - $125,000 to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and $125,000 to aid homeless youth in San Francisco.

But perhaps the biggest blow for the team is that wing trimmer Dirk de Ridder has been found guilty of instructing a shore crew member to insert the weights and has been
disqualified from any participation in the Match. Shore crew and one other sailor have also been sanctioned and reported to their individual national sailing bodies.

What Happened

When Oracle handed over their AC45s for the Youth America’s Cup, illegal weights were found to have been added near the main king post.
The measurers drew this to the attention of regatta director Iain Murray who promptly protested Oracle Team USA.
This began a long a torturous process which has been hanging over the event ever since.

ETNZ almost meet with disaster during the Louis Vuitton Cup 2013 leading on to be the Challenger.

          34 th Americas Cup Races Performance Data           

  Race 1 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/9.71 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 23:30, OTUSA – 24:06
  Delta: ETNZ +:36
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.7 NM, OTUSA – 11.4 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 30.07 knots (35 mph), OTUSA – 28.58 knots (33 mph)
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 43.54 knots (50 mph), OTUSA – 42.51 knots (49 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 16 knots, Peak – 21 knots


  Race 2 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.11 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 22:46, OTUSA – 23:38
  Delta: ETNZ +:52
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.3 NM, OTUSA – 11.3 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 30.12 knots (35 mph), OTUSA – 28.92 knots (33 mph)
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 46 knots (53 mph), OTUSA – 42.87 knots (49 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 16 knots, Peak – 21 knots


  Race 3 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/9.94 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 25:00, OTUSA – 25:28
  Delta: ETNZ +:28
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.8 NM, OTUSA – 12.1 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 28.57 knots (33 mph), OTUSA – 28.62 knots (33 mph)
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 42.25 knots (49 mph), OTUSA – 41.37 knots (48 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 16.8 knots, Peak – 19.3 knots


  There were two major differences today. Spithill started much better and led around the top mark in both races.
  The Kiwis were able to climb back during the beat in the first race but several unforced errors in the second cost them dearly.
  The day off has come at a good time for both teams and there will be huge anticipation ahead of Tuesday’s two races.


  Race 4 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/9.94 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 22:42, ETNZ – 22:50
  Delta: OTUSA +:08
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.7 NM, ETNZ – 11.7 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 30.99 knots (36 mph), ETNZ – 30.92 knots (36 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 45.97 knots (53 mph), ETNZ – 44.98 knots (52 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 19.5 knots, Peak – 23.3 knots


  Oracle went left gate and headed inshore 16 seconds ahead. The Kiwis split and went right.
  The wind was well over 20 knots and the boats were a lot less stable.
  Spithill was the picture of concentration at the wheel as he crossed ahead and gybed.
  The Kiwis were 100 metres down and closing. There were two gybes left each. All four were perfect.
  Spithill emerged from the fog at the reach mark five seconds in front and Barker had run out
  of runway. Oracle won by eight seconds and the Kiwis had some work to do.


  Race 5 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.27 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 22:45, OTUSA – 23:50
  Delta: ETNZ +1:05
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.4 NM, OTUSA – 11.5 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 30.21 knots (35 mph), OTUSA – 29.17 knots (33 mph)
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 46.94 knots (54 mph), OTUSA – 44.93 knots (52 mph)


  There was a suspician that there was a problem on board Oracle it was confirmed.
  Oracle waited, hoping for the wind to build above the race limits but when that didn't happen
  they played their "get out of jail" card. This is a situation where each competitor has one
  opportunity to postpone the next race. Jimmy Spithill said there was no structural problem,
  but the team needed time to think. "We need to go back and regroup. We think they've got a
  bit of an edge here," he said. "We need to up our game. We're not going to hide from the fact."
  He said it was a team decision to play the card and everyone was in agreement.


  Race 6 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.14 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 31:39, OTUSA – 32:26
  Delta: ETNZ +:47
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 12.3 NM, OTUSA – 12.3 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 23.43 knots (27 mph), OTUSA – 22.91 knots (26 mph)
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 38.55 knots (44 mph), OTUSA – 40.21 knots (46 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 11.6 knots, Peak – 13.4 knots


  In this race Spithill and Ainslie nailed the start, winning by a big margin, but they were unable to stay with the Kiwis upwind.
  It was a repeat of the races against
  Luna Rossa in the Louis Vuitton – stay out of trouble in the pre-start and blow them away with superior speed.
  Dean Barker apologised to the team for the start: "I was completely asleep," he admitted.


  Race 7 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.14 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 24:48, OTUSA – 25:54
  Delta: ETNZ +1:06
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.6 NM, OTUSA – 12.0 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 28.32 knots (32 mph), OTUSA – 27.86 knots (32 mph
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 44.73 knots (51 mph), OTUSA – 41.00 knots (47 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 16.3 knots, Peak – 17.8 knots


  The race score is now 6-1 and the points score is 6-0 owing to Oracle’s two-point penalty. Unless something dramatic happens in the Oracle shed during the lay day tomorrow,
  the greatest show on water could
  be over after the first race on Sunday. Jimmy Spithill was his usual aggressive self at the post-race interview. "We won't give up. I'm still convinced we can win races," he said.
  Then he threw the curve-ball. "Imagine if they lose it from here," he said. "I'd like to be part of a come-back like that."


  Race 8 Performance Data

  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 23:09, ETNZ – 24:01
  Delta: OTUSA +:52
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.4 NM, ETNZ – 11.7 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 29.90 knots (34 mph), ETNZ – 29.32 knots (34 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 44.58 knots (51 mph), ETNZ – 47.02 knots (54 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 16.6 knots, Peak – 19.6 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 8/8, ETNZ – 9/7


  At the first cross the margin was 90 metres but when the Kiwis came back on starboard the lead had closed. Barker tacked on the Oracle bow and Ainslie was
  forced to take the American boat back towards the shore. Barker tried the slam dunk again and almost lost the lead, but the fast-acceleration of the big cat again forced Oracle to tack away.
  This time the Kiwis got the wind shift and crossed comfortably ahead, but the margin was nowhere near what it had been two days earlier.
  Whatever Oracle did to their boat yesterday seemed to have worked.Then came the major drama. Trying a third lee-bow, Barker badly overcooked the tack, the wing didn’t pop and ETNZ
  hung ponderously in the air for about five seconds as a whole nation NZ held its breath. Barker had come within millimetres of flipping and losing the Cup. To add insult to injury, he copped a
  penalty for obstructing Oracle, who raced past and rounded the mark 200 metres ahead. Later it was revealed that a lack of hydraulic pressure caused the wing to stay "hinged" the wrong
  way and it was only because the grinders continued to grind power into the system that Barker and trimmer Glenn Ashby were able to get control again and save the boat.
  Once Spithill got his nose this far in front he wasn’t going to give it up and he led a rattled Kiwi crew home by 52 seconds. He said after the race that he was "getting ready to duck"
  as the Kiwi boat hung above his head and he was about to call for a crash tack to avoid a collision. “We’re all good; disappointed to let the lead go,” said Barker. “
  They got nicely out of phase and chipped away. We didn't get the hydraulics and if the wing doesn't tack when the boat does, you're in trouble... Fortunately the boat came up and no
  collision with the other guys.” It doesn't get much closer to disaster than this - the interest now turned to whether the Kiwis could regain composure in time for Race Nine.

8Th Race 34th Americas Cup ETNZ Flip Sept 2013

   Race 9 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.02 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 21:53, ETNZ – 22:40
  Delta: OTUSA +:47
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.3 NM, ETNZ – 11.5 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 31.63 knots (36 mph), ETNZ – 31.32 knots (36 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 42.52 knots (49 mph), ETNZ – 42.54 knots (49 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 17.6 knots, Peak – 20.8 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 8/6, ETNZ – 8/8


  Race 10 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.02 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 22:00, OTUSA – 22:16
  Delta: ETNZ +:16
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.8 NM, OTUSA – 11.7 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 32.25 knots (37 mph), OTUSA – 31.76 knots (36 mph)
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 43.01 knots (49 mph), OTUSA – 44.98 knots (52 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 18.3 knots, Peak – 22.3 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: ETNZ – 7/7, OTUSA – 7/7


  At the first cross the Kiwis on port led by 150 metres. They were comfortable with their lead and carried on towards Alcatraz before tacking back at the boundary to cover.
  Oracle, meanwhile, tacked early and came back towards the right and the stronger current. Ray Davies let them go and the defender made a small gain. Another cross and again
  Davies called to continue in a straight line. The lead had dropped to 120 metres. ETNZ on starboard slid across Oracle’s bows. The lead was less than 100 metres
  and Oracle was going the right way. This would be close! Barker was first to tack but Spithill had found more speed on the right. He crossed in front with two tacks each left to
  make the mark. ETNZ was coming back on starboard and the right had paid again. It was Spithill’s turn to duck. This was amazing match racing. Coming into the mark, Oracle was back in front.
  Barker ducked Spithill’s stern and the lead was a single second as Oracle went towards the city and ETNZ towards Alcatraz. Both boats had sailed opposite sides of the course all race. Coming
  together at a combined speed of 80 knots, the Kiwis were on starboard gybe and Oracle had to give way. This was the decisive cross of the day and by swinging to avoid the enemy, Oracle had
  cost themselves both speed and position. Ray Davies looked nervous as he loaded up the mainsheet winch for Glenn Ashby, glancing over his shoulder to keep an eye on Oracle. But the lead
  was now a comfortable 150 metres and ETNZ would gybe wide for a better angle into the turning mark. Spithill roared around at full speed, but that decisive gybe had cost him the
  race 17 seconds. The Kiwis had broken the sequence and were just two races away from winning the Cup."We got it but not a pretty start," said Barker. "We just managed to muscle it
  across the line."Jimmy Spithill said there wasn't much they could do at the vital cross because if he had gone the other way the Kiwis could have pinned him down in the corner.
  However, he said that they were still improving every day. If there is more improvement left, the Kiwis still have a lot of work to do before the Cup goes back down Under.


  Race 11 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 23:41, OTUSA – 23:56
  Delta: ETNZ +:15
  Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.7 NM, OTUSA – 11.5 NM
  Average Speed: ETNZ – 29.88 knots (34 mph), OTUSA – 29.04 knots (33 mph)
  Top Speed: ETNZ – 44.57 knots (51 mph), OTUSA – 42.70 knots (49 m
  Windspeed: Average – 15.4 knots, Peak – 18.0 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: ETNZ – 10/6, OTUSA – 10/8



  This race put them on match point. When Emirates Team New Zealand led ORACLE TEAM USA 8-1 in the 34th America's Cup many thought it was as good as over as the Kiwis simply needed to
  win one race to win.Oracle had some soul searching to do and looked like they where gone or so the Kiwi news media thought with preparations, headlines celebrations ect, in the NZ press and posible
  sites where being sourced for the future defence in Auckland NZ. However the call was made to replace the tatician on Oracle, John Kostecki. with 5 times Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie
  who was recruited by Sir Russel Coutes Oracles CEO who was also known for his spotting talents in spotting future up and comming pivotal way above the rest of sailors. This Gave the defender a
  Tactician Sir Ben Ainslie ( GB ) as well as Strategist Tom Slingsby ( AUS ) that communicated well together.

  Race 12 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 23:49, ETNZ – 24:20
  Delta: OTUSA +:31
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.6 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 29.90 knots (34 mph), ETNZ – 29.01 knots (33 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 42.62 knots (49 mph), ETNZ – 41.24 knots (47 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 14.8 knots, Peak – 16.3 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/6, ETNZ – 10/8


  This race the Kiwis were running out of room and options. At the next cross Spithill had a big enough lead to drop a lee bow on Barker and the Kiwis were forced to tack away. But Oracle had sent the enemy
  into a wind shift and ETNZ crossed much closer the next time. There was no panic on the Kiwi boat, where the grinders were going about their business with methodical precision. But the shoreline was still paying
  and again Spithill could lee-bow them. The lead was out to 150 metres and we were destined to watch at least one more race. By now all Spithill had to do was keep his boat between the Kiwis and the mark, which he
  was able to accomplish with ease. Finally tactician Ben Ainslie called, “Let’s go to the layline” and USA 17 turned for the top mark. The Kiwis were only 10 seconds down when they rounded the inshore buoy, but it may
  as well have been 100 seconds. No-one has come back when they have trailed around the windward mark and so it was that afternoon. Spithill had the luxury of carrying well past the layline to the reach mark and
  swept to his fourth start-to-finish victory by 31 seconds. After the race, Spithill seemed relaxed and agreed that the "nothing to lose" situation appeared to have worked for his crew, who had been almost perfect.

  On ETNZ Grant Dalton said that the start was the crucial part, with the starboard entry being "a significant disadvantage". He confirmed that he would be advancing Winston Macfarlane in his grinding role.
  This was because I suppose he probably accepted the remaining races from then on would involve tacking duels and would require a stronger younger person if they where to have a chance at winning the cup.
  Raced in Races 17 & 19 though.


  Race 13 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.08 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 27:20, ETNZ – 28:44
  Delta: OTUSA +1:24
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 10.9 NM, ETNZ – 10.8 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 24.16 knots (28 mph), ETNZ – 22.63 knots (26 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 33.90 knots (39 mph), ETNZ – 33.74 knots (39 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 9.8 knots, Peak – 13.2 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 5/7, ETNZ – 6/8

                21 Sep 2013

  Morning race Time limit expires with ETNZ holding a 1000 metre lead around the last mark when the figure 40.00 minutes came up on the race committee boat. There was an audible obscenity on the
  ETNZ boat and on Oracle a huge sigh of relief. The race was restarted sometime later the same afternoon when there was more wind as the five minute signal went up the mast – but not much.
  The official call was 11.5 knots which ORACLE won by 1 minute 24 secs.


  Race 14 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.22 nautical miles   Delta: OTUSA +:23
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 12.8 NM, ETNZ – 13.1 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 23.31 knots (27 mph), ETNZ – 22.58 knots (26 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 36.60 knots (42 mph), ETNZ – 35.41 knots (41 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 11.4 knots, Peak – 14.9 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 8/12, ETNZ – 8/12

  Race 15 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.22 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 27:34, ETNZ – 28:11
  Delta: OTUSA +:37
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 12.0 NM, ETNZ – 11.9 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 26.23 knots (30 mph), ETNZ – 25.40 knots (29 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 41.80 knots (48 mph), ETNZ – 40.35 knots (46 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 12.9 knots, Peak – 18.0 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 7/7, ETNZ – 7/9


  The flood tide had almost peaked so current was unlikely to be a factor.
  Owing to a quirk in the sailing instructions, Spithill again had the port entry and again was a little late but
  arrived at speed. He threw a late tack and headed for Barker, catching him dead in the water and calling
  for a penalty. It was not paid.


  Race 16 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.21 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 30:43, ETNZ – 31:16
  Delta: OTUSA +:33
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.7 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 23.21 knots (27 mph), ETNZ – 22.46 knots (26 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 38.05 knots (44 mph), ETNZ – 36.61 knots (42 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 12.0 knots, Peak – 14.1 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/10, ETNZ – 10/10


  Race 17 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.11 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 24:04, ETNZ – 24:31
  Delta: OTUSA +:27
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.6 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 29.62 knots (34 mph), ETNZ – 28.63 knots (33 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 44.02 knots (51 mph), ETNZ – 46.33 knots (53 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 16.8 knots, Peak – 20.0 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 8/6, ETNZ – 7/5


  Race 18 Performance Data

  Course: 5 Legs/10.11 nautical miles
  Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 22:01, ETNZ – 22:55
  Delta: OTUSA +:54
  Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.7 NM, ETNZ – 11.9 NM
  Average Speed: OTUSA – 31.92 knots (37 mph), ETNZ – 31.23 knots (36 mph)
  Top Speed: OTUSA – 45.79 knots (53 mph), ETNZ – 47.57 knots (55 mph)
  Windspeed: Average – 19.3 knots, Peak – 21.8 knots
  Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 7/7, ETNZ – 10/6


  Both boats raced towards the gate at 40 knots and Oracle went for the first gybe, heading for the right-hand mark.
  New Zealand swept around the favoured left-hand mark and led by 7 seconds as they beat towards Alcatraz.
  Oracle went for an early tack and   headed across on port and the Kiwis went for the lee bow and blew it!
  Barker tacked too early, Oracle pulled alongside and when they had to tack to give ETNZ room at the boundary, they had the lead by 35 metres
  The Kiwis were forced to throw two quick tacks to get clear air and Oracle now led by 150 metres.
  The Kiwis had touched the Cup again, but immediately handed it back. By the next cross they were out of the race.
  At the top mark Oracle turned a massive 57 seconds ahead, the race could not be called off even if the wind climbed
  above the limit and Spithill had won seven races in a row When Oracle swept through the finishing gates with a delta of 54 seconds,
  both teams were now on match point NZ viewing TV public where gobbed smacked and still the KIWIS ETNZ where defiant.
  The Kiwis even had a poster on a hoarding board by their base that the team walked past on the way to the boat with a pic of their boat flying the
  red code zero sail with a large pic of Americas cup
  on it with ORACLE trailing on the harbour with a back drop scene Golden Gate Bridge .


        25 Sep 2013 (ca) and 26 Sep 2013 (nz)

  Race 19


  This time it's a comeback story of unbelievable proportions, the unexpected success of the most outrageous yachts seen in the
  history of the sport, the added spice of that GBR super sailing maestro Sir Ben Ainslie, Tom Slingsby, mother nature intervention
  and the defiant team of Dalton and Barker. Will mother nature intervene again will be going through the full gamut of emotions that
  only cliff hanging sporting events like this can produce before a final to give the sponsors unbelievable free tv exposure.
  Will the KIWI TEAM eat humble pie. Will the USA Team no 17 say thanks IF the Kiwis REFUSE TO EAT IT.

  For Oracle Team USA's Jimmy Spithill and his dream team Olympic afterguard tactician of Ben Ainslie and Australian stratagist
  Laser ace Tom Slingsby, they're on an adrenaline-fuelled high having come from 8-1 behide and staring at the barrel of ignominious
  defeat to being on the brink of the biggest comeback in sailing and arguably international sporting history.

  THE RACE AND MOTHER NATURE TURNS IN FOR NO 17 as The KIWI's decided not to Eat Pie.

  The Kiwis have been on match point since Wednesday 18 September, 2013 AD and its now the 26-09-2013. At the last mark Oracle was well ahead and headed to the
  finish where the huge crowd cheered and waved. The fire-fighting tug sprayed water and superyachts tooted their horns.
  The America’s Cup is staying in America. The crew pumped their fists and waved as Spithill took the big boat back along the pier to accept the adulation from the teams fans.
  For the Kiwis who crossed 44 seconds later Oh Why Oh Why Oh Why didn't they eat Humble Pie. If the time limit had been 42 minutes instead of 40, none of this would have happened ?
  They would have won [ No ] the Cup comfortably and would now have the right to decide what boats should be designed for future challengers? Brilliantly that did not happen as both teams
  had wasted more than a Billion Dollars each [ during the 33 rd & 34 th Cup races on designs involving extreme Multihulls. Dalton ( ENTZ ) stated publicly if ETNZ won the boats would never see
  the light of day ever again. This 34 th Americas cup some will say that the ORACLE achieved the greatest come-back in the history of sport. The Americas cup will always be a billionairs
  extravagant waste in resources in an effort to gain personal glory even though they in most instances they buy it with common peoples skills.


Oracle Name will appear on the Cup 2013


ETNZ AC 72 Grant Dalton and Dean Barkers Americas Cup Race Record Stats.

Grant Dalton has been attempting to win the Americas Cup for more than a decade and hasn't succeeded.


Grant Dalton has just overseen arguably the biggest choke in sporting history.
AS CEO why didn't Dalton spot the time limit rule. As CEO on $ 2 million Dollars a year Salary he should have thrown a computer software analysis application program over the course at all wind
strenghts and angles. If he had on done that, he would have discovered it was impossible to complete a race during those lower wind speeds and should have, with the challengers fought to
have the time limit increased. Because ETNZ was more capable over all wind speeds with their boards that no other boat had. The Jury ruled in ETNZ Favour re the boards that gave them an advantage
at low wind speeds.

Why oh Why Have A lower wind speed limit for lower wind speeds and not for heavy high wind speeds even if they have passed the dangerous mark? Excellent binkmanship on the part of
SIR RUSSEL COUTTS. There was no such rule for wind increasing above the wind speed limit once the race had started. The defender makes the rules but have changed them previously if there is enough
loud protesting.

Oracle had approx 17 different foiling boards and obviously had the wrong foiling boards on for that race. Another 2 minutes it would have been all over rover, but the wind gods where against Dalton.

Why was ORIACLE allowed to use the tidal current to their favour when ETNZ tacticians made calls when the tides where against them? 2 crucial races Spithill Won. Dalton should have had the tide lines
and currents on their Race track charts with the flow directions high lighted and speeds . Spithill hung on to Port to gain the tide advantage whilst ETNZ went site seeing to get a better look at
the famous Alcatraz Jail- Island. Surely this is a standard proceedure for top world racing yachts when so much is at stake. It is for ocean racing, even amateur navigators realise this.

Dalton should never agreed to oracles call for a GET OUT OF JAIL CARD TO BE USED THE NEXT RACE and he did so without Barkers input / consultation / knowledge. What sort of CEO does that?
It should have been the Skipper Barkers sole right to make the call seeing he had a reputation as being 100% for New Zealand, dedicated and a good honest sailor / person without question.
Because why. When things go wrong it is always the helmsman that gets the blame, made to be the scape goat. Hope he does not cope it solely because it was the Tacticians on ETNZ and the CEO that
where so lacking. Did Oracle use Ben Ainsly or Tom Slingsby as helmsman to replace Spithill ? No. 5 times Olympic Champion and Sailing Mestro Tom briliant Strategists and Tacticians. When Coutts won and
defended the AC he had also a world unbeatable Navigator and tactician Butterworth. It is Tacticians, navigators, strategists and wind gods support that win races. Dalton declined, help and support to win the AC Cup.
Probably a good thing because what would Real estate prices rise to, perhaps $3 million for a average house - Auckland NZ by 2020 AD.

Dalton should not have been on the boat as grinder. Sir Russel Coutts agreed at the time, Coutts remarked re this with public comments to try and give him additional clues.

Why did Dalton not proceed with the appeal after making a public statement he would? There was some doubt some time later after the final race that ORACLES electric Servo was illegal. Experts in this
field have stated that in their opinion it was not legal. A decision against Oracle and they forfeit the cup. The experts opinions can be found at Boatdesign.com a website with knowledgeable opinions
and boat designers. After this was discussed on the forum at some length it was the unaminious opinion their design was illegal. A public challenge to the jury / inspectors that they where unqualified to
make such a decision and where hood winked to give Oracle the certificate. [ Legality ] No denying from the head measurers / jury regarding the statement but a statement that said "it's to late to look at this
aspect as the appeal time limit had expired, No case for them to answer." Another time limit rule blown.

Is the Americas Cup like Indian cricket.?

Dean Barker and his TEAM has lost more Americas Cup races since it began over 150 years ago than
any other helsman / Captain, 23 final Cup Races and Won only 10 races


Dean Barker has blown three Americas Cup finals series whilst Grant Dalton has been the CEO.

Dean Barker Demise and Press Report 26 - 02 - 2015

Dean Barkers Reply to ETNZ Version on his Dumping. Press Report 11 - 03 - 2015

Is there much difference between soft sails & a Wing sail ?      34th Americas Cup Boat Design Discussions

Are grinders needed on an Americas Cup Boat?      Kiwi grinder Matt Mitchell and Kiwi Joe Spooner Sue AC TEAMS - ORGANISERS

Old world fastest sailing record holder with Soft sails



Sir Russell Coutts Americas Cup Race Record Stats.

New Zealander

As a CEO and as Skipper / Helsman with Sir Russell Coutts the Americas Cup has been won 5 Times

As skipper / helmsman in America's cup racing, the number of races that have been won a perfect record with
15 wins and 0 losses (1995, 2000, 2003).

As CEO of the Oracle Team the America's Cup has been defended successfully twice with 13 race wins
and 8 race losses (2010 and 2013, both times with James Spithill as skipper / helmsman) .

33 th Americas Cup Racing Race Results Statstics Valencia, SP 2010

    2010    BMW Oracle Racing (USA)    Sir Russell Coutts / J.Spithill.    Giant Trimaran 90ft by 90ft    


    Alinghi     (SUI)    E.    Bertarelli / Butterworth     2-0

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