America’s Cup. Oracle: “Surprises” Waiting In The Crew

Posted on Sep 15 2013 - 10:53am by Admin

“Surprises” are to be expected when the holder of the America’s Cup Oracle Team USA will announce his team Thursday morning before the two races of the day against the Kiwi challenger revealed Philippe Presti, the French coach of the U.S. team .


Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) gave up running the second race Tuesday using his joker, after being severely beaten in the first by Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ). Party in mind, the American AC72 catamaran crossed the finish line 1 min 05 sec behind ETNZ-a-pit, largely because of a tactical mistake in passing a course marks.

The responsibility for this blunder, recognized by the Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill, was charged to American tactician John Kostecki and, according to various sources, it could be the cost of the operation. “There will be some surprises,” said simply Presti said in response to a question about possible changes in the crew of 11 people.

The French, Finn world champion in 1993 and 1996, also said that the “defender” had tested other appendages (foils) during a training ride on Wednesday. “The atmosphere was studious. We try to optimize the boat, he said, to go around the various options. “

“A Nightmarish Race”

“We had a nightmarish race, you should not put the cover,” said Presti about the lost race Tuesday, justifying the choice not to run a second in the process. “The decision not to run a taken on board and has received support from Russell Coutts, “the New Zealand director of Oracle Team USA.

After a debriefing on the ground, “we realized what had happened and was likely to win the next, he said. If we leave after cagade we pâlichotte makes a copy and start again on a bad dynamic. “

On Tuesday, the New Zealanders’ we have a fly. They are excellent to near “(against the wind, ed), admitted Presti.” We realized quite late to missing horses near. Downwind, they have the ability to go much faster, but you can fly earlier and they go lower (in the wind). “

“The Addition Of Small Things”

Asked about the reasons for this laborious begins in the America’s Cup (the Kiwis led by four wins to one Tuesday evening), Presti responded that “when things are not going well, it is an addition of small causes. “

In the case of OTUSA is “linked to the history of the team, he said. We lost a lot of time with the desalting (first Oracle AC72 in October 2012) and then with history AC45 “, the U.S. team being punished for cheating in racing America’s Cup World Series, in preparation for the” Cup “.

“Time can not buy it, he said. We do not make excuses but we lack the time and it’s hard to make good decisions. “

“Getting Into The Bacon”

“We are in a curve upward progression, however Presti said, and must now use all the time available.”

The coach OTUSA has excluded all cases a change of boat (the American team two) “You can not do that if it is used has a major problem preventing it from running:. This is not at all relevant. We now turn to the dice, enter the bacon “New Zealanders, concluded Presti.

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