Special Photo Report: America’s Cup – Updated Sept. 9

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Oracle Team USA during a practice run earlier this week.
Oracle Team USA during a practice run earlier this week.

Oracle Team USA takes on Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th America’s Cup race which started on Saturday, September 7, held for the first time in San Francisco Bay.

Emirates Team New Zealand won both of Saturday’s races, and now needs to win seven more to claim the cup. New Zealand won their races by 36 and 52 seconds. The boats reached speeds up to 53 mph.

Oracle Team USA must win 11 races to retain the Cup because they were docked two points for illegally modifying catamarans in warm-up regattas last year and this year. This means they actually started the America’s Cup regatta at minus two.

NB Indy photographer Jim Collins is covering the race and will be filing photo reports. His photos highlight the new foiling catamarans, which lift up onto hydrofoils, thereby increasing speed.

Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA in a close race
Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA in a close race

 

Team New Zealand crew in action
Team New Zealand crew in action

UPDATE: Photos from day two below–Oracle Team USA wins one out of two races.

 

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  1. Well it looks pretty bad for Team Oracle, its obvious now why the team was adding weight in their boat, and that really set them back. The Team Oracle boat is off balance, and the forward section of the boat from the centerboard foil doesn’t rise enough, thus turning the boat into a submarine when tacking. The bigger jib isn’t helping either, if you notice when the Kiwi boat turns the hull lifts superbly, keeping the bows high, and they use a higher cut working jib which makes total sense, freeing lower sail pressure. It doesn’t take an naval architect to see this.
    Back to the drawing board? Trick up their sleeve? Flip the boat? miracle from the sailing gods? Anyway what a super-charged Americas Cup with these amazing wind driven platforms and crews.