AC45 SF Oct 5 Oracle update

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – With the sun setting beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, ORACLE TEAM USA wrapped up the first day of racing at the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 4. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL and ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS join Artemis Racing - Red in a three-way tie for second place with three more days of racing remaining on the schedule.

    ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL, skippered by Jimmy Spithill, opened with an eighth-place finish in the first of two fleet races on the day. The crew bounced back in the second race, starting strong off the line and extending to finish 37 seconds ahead of second-place Artemis Racing – White.

    “We got off the line badly and just got caught up in the pack in the first race. The second, we got off the line fine and were able to extend away,” Spithill said. “It’s early in the regatta, so we still have time to get it together. We didn’t sail well and made too many mistakes around the track, and we paid for it. But, it was good to see the boys dig deep – they were fired up – and get the result in the second race. It really comes down to the team that sails well. Ben [Ainslie] did a fantastic job and he deserves to be leading the day.”

    Helmsman Russell Coutts guided ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS to two solid starts, as they finished third in the first fleet race and fifth in the second. Coutts’ crew featured a new mix, including Tom Slingsby, who returns to the team after winning a gold medal in the Laser class at the London 2012 Olympic Games; and Rome Kirby, who made his America’s Cup World Series racing debut.

    “We had a big opportunity at the start of the race, and it’s a little disappointing – could have had a top three result in the second race as well,” Coutts said. “We have three more days to go, and third and fifth are two keepers. You can’t afford a mistake in this format – you lose one race and you’re out. But, it’s good; it adds pressure, it adds importance. We have to come out fired up tomorrow.”

    J.P. Morgan BAR with Ben Ainslie at the helm leads the fleet standings with 21 points. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL, Artemis Racing – Red and ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS follow with 16 points apiece.

    Friday’s racing schedule opens with the first two match races of the regatta for the two ORACLE TEAM USA boats. Coutts faces Artemis Racing – Red at 4:05 pm local; Spithill and crew are matched up against J.P. Morgan BAR at 4:22 pm. The third and fourth fleet races follow at 4:50 pm and 5:30 pm. This week’s ACWS is being held in conjunction with Fleet Week, and celebrations are taking place throughout the day on Marina Green.

    The week’s racing will be broadcast live on the America’s Cup YouTube channel. NBC will broadcast the “Super Sunday” fleet racing final live nationwide on Sunday, Oct. 7. Racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be broadcast by the America’s Cup regional media partner NBC Bay Area on its digital channel California NonStop (channel 186 on Comcast and 11.2 on over-the-air digital).

    The same 11 boat-fleet returns from the August ACWS event, including: Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), Team Korea (Peter Burling), Energy Team (Loick Peyron), Luna Rossa Swordfish (Iker Martinez), Artemis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson), Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker), Artemis Racing – Red (Nathan Outteridge), J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) and China Team (Phil Robertson).

    CREW LISTS

    ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL – Jimmy Spithill (helmsman), Dirk de Ridder (wing trimmer), John Kostecki (tactician), Joe Newton (headsail trimmer), Jonathan MacBeth (bowman).

    ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS – Russell Coutts (helmsman), Sam Newton (wing trimmer), Tom Slingsby (tactician), Rome Kirby (headsail trimmer), Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (bowman).

    2012-13 ACWS – SAN FRANCISCO – ROUND 2

    FLEET RACING

    Team (Country): R1, R2 – Total

    J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR): 1(12), 3(9) - 21

    ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL (USA): 8(4), 1(21) - 16

    Artemis Racing Red (SWE): 4(8), 4(8) - 16

    ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS (USA): 3(9), 5(7) - 16

    Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL): 2(10), 8(4) - 14

    Artemis Racing White (SWE): 10(2), 2(10) - 12

    Energy Team (FRA): 6(6), 7(5) - 11

    Team Korea (KOR): 5(7), 9(3) - 10

    Luna Rossa Piranha (ITA): 9(3), 6(6) - 9

    China Team (CHN): 7(5), 10(2) - 7

    Luna Rossa Swordfish (ITA): 11(1), 11(1) - 2

    (Scoring: 1st place = 12 points, 2nd = 10, 3rd = 9, 4th = 8, 5th = 7, 6th = 6, 7th = 5, 8th = 4, 9th = 3, 10th = 2, 11th = 1)
  2. BGL Administrator

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – On the first full day of racing for ORACLE TEAM USA, the two crews remained in the hunt for the fleet racing championship at the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco on Friday. ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL also advanced to the match racing semifinals, while ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS was tagged with the loss following a missed mark.

    Skipper Jimmy Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL took the early lead against J.P. Morgan BAR and helmsman Ben Ainslie in their quarterfinal match race. J.P. Morgan BAR faced a penalty early in the race after making contact, and ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL remained in control down the race course to win by eight seconds. In both of Friday’s fleet races, ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL gradually improved position to finish sixth and fifth in races No. 3 and 4, respectively.

    “It was a mixed day,” Spithill said. “We’re happy to be back in the semis for match racing – it was a good solid race and a tight battle with Ben. We won this one, but it certainly won’t be the last time we face him.

    Spithill later described the crew’s fleet performance: “We got hammered on the first start, but it was another good test. The guys fought hard, battled around the track, and salvaged a good result. It’s still all up for grabs. We’re looking forward to a good day tomorrow, and it will all come down to Sunday.”

    In the first match race on the day, ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS faced Artemis Racing – Red and led off the start, holding position down the course. After the third gate, Artemis was plagued by challenges with their sail, while skipper Russell Coutts and crew appeared to cruise across the finish line. But, the race committee later disqualified ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS for passing the wrong mark at the final gate.

    “It looked as though it was the right boat to us – it was confusing,” Coutts said. “We sailed well in that match race, so it’s disappointing to finish like that. But, you can’t change it. We’ll focus on tomorrow and see if we can do better.”

    ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS closed out the day with eighth and seventh-place finishes in the fleet races.

    In the overall fleet race standings, ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL sits in fourth place with 29 points, and ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS is tied for sixth at 25. J.P. Morgan BAR leads the fleet with 43.

    Match racing finals will highlight Saturday’s schedule. The day starts with two semifinals, and ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL faces Artemis Racing – White in the first match at 4:05 pm. The two teams advancing will then get off the line for the finals to close the day at 6:10 pm. Two fleet races will fill between the matches, beginning at 4:50 pm and 5:30 pm. This week’s ACWS is being held in conjunction with Fleet Week, and an air show and celebration take place earlier in the day on Marina Green.

    The week’s racing is broadcast live on the America’s Cup YouTube channel. NBC will broadcast the “Super Sunday” fleet racing final live nationwide on Sunday, Oct. 7. Racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be broadcast by the America’s Cup regional media partner NBC Bay Area on its digital channel California NonStop (channel 186 on Comcast and 11.2 on over-the-air digital).

    The 11 boat fleet : Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), Team Korea (Peter Burling), Energy Team (Loick Peyron), Luna Rossa Swordfish (Iker Martinez), Artemis Racing – White (Terry Hutchinson), Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker), Artemis Racing – Red (Nathan Outteridge), J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) and China Team (Phil Robertson).

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