Jun 1, 2017

America's Cup 2017 @Bermuda: Louis Vuitton Day 6 Results

Day 6 video wrapup sent by Emirates Team New Zealand - All Live images by ACEA / Ricardo Pinto & Gilles Martin Raget , more later. -- Light winds conditions for the 6th Day of racing for the 2017 Louis Vuitton Series, Round Robin 2. Yesterday races were cancelled due to lack of wind.

- First race today Thursday was Barker speeding again over Cammas at the start. Team Japan continues their good velocity in every wind conditions. Average winds today were around 7knots.

- Later TNZ and GBR had a close start with Ainslie a bit ahead, at the reach mark Burling got him from behind forcing a gybe from BAR which literally dropped dead flat down after the it, was like throwing an anchor, "what happened!!" it was clearly heard onboard.
TNZ continued  foiling in marginal conditions while the British team struggled big time the rest of the course. With a gap of +6mins and the Kiwis almost lapping them, they decided to retire.
Tough defeat for Ainslie, they could not make the boat go in those light wind conditions.
Emirates Team New Zealand was a Tractor again on their drive and consistence, their gybes are incredible, no other team has that kind of handling and maneuvering.

- Third race, Barker won the start and Japan went  speeding again ahead of Oracle for around 3 legs. JPN has led many races till now but they are having problem on maintaining the lead.
Better tactics by Slingby made Oracle to catch Barker from behind , Sptihill also with plenty of speed at his disposal to secure the match.
Glad to see Oracle pushing for the win to leave no room for speculations. In their privileged position they have no margin to fool around in the Louis Vuitton Series they invited themselves as organizers.

- Fourth race BAR forced a penalty to Groupama France at the start, and led following legs, Cammas had more speed  surpassed them in light wind floating mode a la F18 technique downwind! France in control in sub foiling conds , but Ainslie found pressure and achieved surprisingly good tacks in  the final leg,  FRA leading but they dind't cover looking  or secure on superior speed,
Near the Finish line  a close crossing where Cammas had to bareaway giving race to Ainslie who fought hard in spite of clearly having a speed handicap.
Pity for Team France, they lost a feaseble race.
BAR will qualify on their ACWS series points, but looking forward better for them to race in +15knots.

- Day 6 report sent by Team New Zealand available here

Day 6 Results:
R1. JPN 1 vs FRA 0
R2. TNZ 1 vs GBR - (abandoned on time limit)
R3. USA 1 vs JPN 0
R4. GBR 1 vs FRA 0

Full results at www.americascup.com/en/results.html