Oracle Team USA won race 12 to extend the series to at least one more race. After preparing for Race 13, all racing was postponed to Friday as the wind strength became too strong.
Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill completely outmaneuvered Emirates Team New Zealand in the pre-start, gaining a late hook with about 20 seconds to the start and forcing the Kiwis to tack away to avoid a foul. After all of that, however, Oracle led by only 5 seconds at the first turning mark.
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Oracle rounded the leeward gate on port tack and with an 11-second lead over ETNZ, which rounded on starboard and began heading inshore towards stronger ebb tide.
Oracle Team USA held its lead at the windward gate, rounding 10 seconds ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand. The two crews traded 10 tacks on the upwind leg, but Oracle maintained the lead all the way.
Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series 8-2 and needs one more point to win the America’s Cup. Oracle Teqam USA needs to win seven consecutive races to retain the trophy it won in 2010.
34th America’s Cup Standings (first to 9 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 8
ORACLE TEAM USA – 2
Race 12 Performance Data
Course: 5 Legs/10.16 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: OTUSA – 23:49, ETNZ – 24:20
Delta: OTUSA +:31
Total distance sailed: OTUSA – 11.8 NM, ETNZ – 11.6 NM
Average Speed: OTUSA – 29.90 knots (34 mph), ETNZ – 29.01 knots (33 mph)
Top Speed: OTUSA – 42.62 knots (49 mph), ETNZ – 41.24 knots (47 mph)
Windspeed: Average – 14.8 knots, Peak – 16.3 knots
Number of Tacks/Jibes: OTUSA – 10/6, ETNZ – 10/8
19 September 2013 21:46