America’s Cup 35 Welcome to Cayard Sailing Email Reports

Monday, 29 May 2017

BAR and Softbank duel before the start Bermuda

The 35th America’s Cup got underway today with 6 matches.  The conditions were ideal with southwest winds of 11-13 knots and flats seas.  The race course is inside Great Sound and the America’s Cup village and bases are at Dockyard, the most western extremity of the island.

I will be down here for the entire America’s Cup which runs from today through June 27th.  I have two roles; for the first two weeks I am an onboard expert ( a nice way of saying a “has been”) for the yacht Rosehearty and her guests.  From June 9, I will join the ACTV team for the daily broadcasts.  Also, I will try to write something every day for you.

The racing today was better than I expected.  Four of the 6 matches were very closely contested and 5 of the 6 teams seemed fairly even with only the French off the pace. The boats are very fast, 35-40 knots today and it is impressive to watch them live.  Two of the matches ere spectacular; Match 2, Japan vs. Sweden and Match 5; New Zealand vs. Oracle Team USA. In Match 2, Japan (Softbank) got out to a strong start and built a lead of 20+ second only to be reeled in and passed by the Swedes (Artemis), on the second windward leg.  There were 30 degree wind shifts on the course and Artemis played them well.  Japan tried to tack on Artemis half way up the second windward leg but the Swedes simply powered through them and forced the Japanese to tack away.  That was pretty much the end of it as Artemis got to the right and had starboard tack advantage at the next cross. Artemis went on to win fairly comfortably.

In the rematch of the finals of the 34th Americas Cup in San Francisco,  Oracle led at the first mark only to be passed by the Kiwi’s who got a left shift upon the first windward leg.  The Kiwis held the lead down the first run but the American’s got the split at the bottom gate and stayed out of phase with the Kiwi’s but in phase with the wind up the second windward leg. At the windward mark, the Kiwis tried to tack onto starboard in front of Oracle but they were a bit late and the American’s shot through to gain room at the mark and luffing rights.  Oracle luffed the Kiwis rather aggressively but no contact occurred.  The American’s shot out in front and went on the win the race by 6 seconds.

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