America’s Cup: Catamarans Play To Scare

Posted on Sep 15 2013 - 10:52am by Admin

It should display all the phlegm Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand to comment calmly made ​​race that nearly destroyed the Kiwi boat, a few minutes earlier, in the bay of San Francisco.

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On a tack, while defender Oracle Team USA approached at high speed from the bow of challenger , the impressive catamaran AC72 (22 m long with a mast 40 m high) New Zealand has raised a float, then slowly shifted to achieve a degree of near-vertical slope, leaving gaping thousands of spectators watch from the docks in the second weekend of racing for the 34th America’s Cup.

The 6-ton boat, at the edge of capsizing, finally managed to straighten his plate, falling violently in chop. The miracle then resumed the race but lost in the second loss of control took the Kiwis to victory, distanced nearly a minute at the finish mark.

“This is the first time we are so close to capsize our AC72. With a degree more, the worst could happen , “admitted the Kiwi skipper explains this misadventure by a problem with the hydraulic system controlling the wing mast and a disagreement on a given edge set. The accident, if it had occurred, would have severely handicapped the challenger , forced to arm his second boat for the next races.


Remains a scare that makes Oracle business. “This win on the first race encourages our efforts said James Spithill, Oracle’s Australian skipper. Were more motivated and hungry as ever, we will do everything that for we can not let these guys we take the Cup. ” This 34th edition will not conclude to Sunday, as would the consider if new kiwi success this weekend, and the famous Cup reserve probably still surprises.

After the dangerous pendulum Team New Zealand in the first race, the audience could follow , live on giant screens deployed in the America’s Cup Village, the cancellation of the second round, several minutes after his departure, Due to deteriorating weather conditions.


As the boat ahead of seven Oracle seconds at the first mark of the course, the race committee stopped the race. The wind had put on weight in the bay and at that time exceeded 23 knots (about 43 km / h), the maximum limit adopted after the death on May 9 in training, a British crew member of the Swedish boat Artemis.

After eight races contested since September 7, Team New Zealand leads six regattas 2, but 6-0 in the official score since Oracle was penalized two points penalties for cheating, prior to the final. Nothing to disturb the phlegmatic Dean Barker.

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