Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ enjoy a good day in the Finals

Emirates Team NZ noses out Luna Rossa and takes the inside at the first mark. - America’s Cup 2013

Emirates Team New Zealand had a good day on the water today, winning two races in the Louis Vuitton Cup final clash against Luna Rossa.

The regatta also had a good day. For the first time in the finals both teams completed the course without breakdown and both races scheduled went ahead.

More important - both for the teams and the spectators – there was some close racing.

While the deltas to Emirates Tem New Zealand suggested otherwise - 2min 18sec in race four and 1min 28sec in race five – today was no easy cruise for Dean Barker and crew.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads Luna Rossa Challenge up the beat in race five on day four of Louis Vuitton Cup finals . 21/8/2013.
Luna Rossa did well in the pre-starts; the starts were even and ETNZ had only small margins at the first mark.

Boat speed and handling were paramount. And once again the AC72 and crew delivered and they extended the delta on every leg.

Today the breeze never got above 17 knots.

The team was happy with the close racing, especially on the third leg of the second race when the Italians cut back a lead of 300 metres to 70 metres and engaged New Zealand in a tacking duel close inshore.

Well-practiced crew work won out and Barker extended again and was never seriously threatened.

The next race is on Friday – one race on a reserve day; two races are scheduled for Saturday and two for Sunday.

The final is a best of 13 races – a team needs seven wins to advance to the America’s Cup match.



Louis Vuitton Cup Final Standings (first to 7 points wins)

• Emirates Team New Zealand – 4
• Luna Rossa Challenge – 1

Luna Rossa Challenge hot on the heels of Emirates Team New Zealand rounding the first mark in race five on day four of Louis Vuitton Cup finals . 21/8/2013.
Race 4 Performance Data
• Course: 5 Legs/10.18 nautical miles
• Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 25:39, LR – 27:57
• Delta: ETNZ +2:18
• Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.5 NM , LR – 11.7 NM
• Average Speed: ETNZ – 26.94 knots (31 mph), LR – 25.29 knots (29 mph)
• Top Speed: ETNZ – 44.04 knots (50 mph), LR – 39.99 knots (46 mph)
• Wind Speed: Average – 14 knots, Peak – 17 knots

Race 5 Performance Data
• Course: 5 Legs/10.18 nautical miles
• Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 24:26, LR – 25:54
• Delta: ETNZ +1:28
• Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.5 NM , LR – 11.7 NM
• Average Speed: ETNZ – 28.44 knots (33 mph), LR – 27.29 knots (31 mph)
• Top Speed: ETNZ – 43.77 knots (50 mph), LR – 39.23 knots (45 mph)

Louis Vuitton Cup Final schedule (best-of-13 series)
• Friday, Aug. 23: Final Race 6 (1:10 pm PT)
• Saturday, Aug. 24: Final Race 7 (1:10 pm PT), Final Race 8 (2:10 pm PT)
• Sunday, Aug. 25: Final Race 9* (1:10 pm PT), Final Race 10* (2:10 pm PT) (* If necessary)

Emirates Team New Zealand rounds the first mark in race five on day four of Louis Vuitton Cup final against Luna Rossa Challenge. 21/8/2013.

Emirates Team New Zealand reaches to the first mark in race five on day four of Louis Vuitton Cup final against Luna Rossa Challenge. 21/8/2013.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge start race four on day four of Louis Vuitton Cup finals racing. 21/8/2013.

Luna Rossa Challenge in race five against Emirates Team New Zealand on day four of Louis Vuitton Cup finals . 21/8/2013.

Emirates Team New Zealand leads Luna Rossa Challenge up the beat in race five on day four of Louis Vuitton Cup finals . 21/8/2013.

Oracle Team USA practice race on the Louis Vuitton race course in San Francisco. 21/8/2013