Portsmouth Race Day 1: Saturday July 25
Close action as Spithill slips ahead of the Kiwis on Saturday in Race 1. Click
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Two Fleet Races (Races 1 and 2)
Race 1 start: 1:40 pm in UK/8:40 am ET US
Race 2 start: approx 2:25 pm/ 9:25 am ET US
Winds 11 kts NW, clear (Wunderground);
Winds 13 kts NW, gusts to 17 kts. (Windfinder);
Winds 12 kts NW with Gusts to 16 kts WNW (Windguru).
Tides: running approximately W to E.
Where to Watch
Complete. Good start for Oracle Team USA, leading at Mark 1. Emirates
Team New Zealand is 1st at Mark 2. Land Rover BAR is second, as teams that
have the angle to sail deep enough make gains flying Code Zeros. At leeward gate, Mark 4, BAR now leads, ETNZ
second, followed by Oracle, Artemis Racing, Softbank Team Japan, and Groupama
Team France. BAR carries the lead around Mark 5, onto the final downwind
leg, splits with ETNZ, and extends their lead for a bit. Approaching the
final downwind turn, Oracle finds an extra gear and sneaks ahead of ETNZ at the
mark, just 40m behind leader BAR heading for the finish.
Land Rover BAR wins Race 1! Oracle in 2nd by delta of 10 seconds, ETNZ third,
Team Japan 4th, Artemis 5th, Team France 6th.
Complete. Course is shortened. Guns goes off at 2:30 UK
time. Lots of tussling at the line, Groupama pushes Oracle, penalty on Oracle.
Artemis and Team Japan at leeward end have more room and start better.
BAR narrowly leads Team Japan around Mark 1. Fleet splits, Japan, Team
France, and Artemis to the right. At Mark 2, the first downwind gate, ETNZ
leads, Team France 2nd, BAR 3rd, Oracle trails fleet. Upwind, Team France
presses ETNZ for the lead, but has to make an extra tack at the windward gate,
Mark 3, ETNZ keeps the lead. ETNZ struggles with foils, but still
maintains lead, helped by a split that hurt Team France. Japan third, BAR
rounds fourth, with Artemis close behind.