May 21, 2012

AC45s @Venice: Terry Hutchinson leads overall Match Racing

Great Photo by Sander Van der Borch/Artemis -
--He might be one of the most experienced sailors right now in the acws, and although many, included me, have asked him for more time on two hulls besides the AC45s, Hutchinson is still dominating the key game for the next Americas Cup at SF.
After five events Artemis is leading the Match Racing scoreboard, the asset in the long term race to San Francisco.
Terry was calling the tactics on Team New Zealand in 2007, they were too close, and lost the last race by 1-2 seconds on an incredible final.
Artemis should put Lange at the helm of the second AC45 as Luna Rossa is doing, and then join the best crews for the AC72, Hutchinson will be there, but in my opinion if he conentrate on MR tactis delegating the helm to an experienced multi sailor, plus the Juan K design, Artemis will become a serious challenger.

The best thing of this format is that the game es quite leveled right now, again contradicting those criticizing Oracle on having an advantage. That advantage is gone thanks to these series.

Whatever yo have to say on LE and RC, only a long term vision can offer this kind of framework with the competition having the higher benefits.
If Artemis can use the Lange-Hutchinson alternative or if  Terry can polish his cat sailing skills to the max (he should race the A-Class and F18 Worlds in USA this season) Oracle is in deep trouble with 3-4 challengers ready to take the Cup from them. TNZ, Artemis, LunaRossa and Energy if they get the funds.

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Full Results at   www.americascup.com/Results/
ACWS Match Racing Championship - OVERALL STANDINGS - 
Place Team Cascais Plymouth San Diego Naples Venice TOTAL POINTS
Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1 Artemis Racing 3 8 3 8 4 7 1 10 1 10 43
2 ORACLE TEAM USA - Spithill 1 10 5 6 1 10 7 4 3 8 38
3 Emirates Team New Zealand 2 9 1 10 3 8 8 3 5 6 36
4 Energy Team 6 5 6 5 2 9 5 6 4 7 32
5 Team Korea 4 7 2 9 7 4 6 5 6 5 30
6 ORACLE TEAM USA - Bundock 5 6 4 7 6 5 3 8 8 3 29
7 Luna Rossa - Piranha DNC 0 DNC 0 DNC 0 2 9 2 9 18
8 China Team 9 3 8 3 9 3 9 3 9 3 15
9 Luna Rossa - Swordfish DNC 0 DNC 0 DNC 0 4 7 7 4 11

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