America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, England
July 25-26, 2015


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Photos(4):©2015 R. Steven Tsuchiya, Oracle Photo: ©2015 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget


  Fleet Racing practice in Portsmouth. Photo:©2015 ACEA

America's Cup World Series
Portsmouth 2015

Racing Days: Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26

Land Rover BAR wins ACWS Portsmouth 2015 after heavy wind and waves cancel Sunday's racing.
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Thursday, July 23  Event Day 1 - Practice

 



Land Rover BAR taking flight during Thursday's practice racing. Photo:©2015 R. Steven Tsuchiya
 

Portsmouth Race Day 1: Saturday July 25


Close action as Spithill slips ahead of the Kiwis on Saturday in Race 1. Click image to see more photos.
 Photo:©2015 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

Program:
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

Conditions:
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.

Schedule | Race Area | Where to Watch
Live Audio: Sailradio UK

Race 1:
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.

Race 2:
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. 

Portsmouth Final Race Day: Sunday July 26

Due to severe weather conditions, Sunday's Racing Schedule has been abandoned.  No Racing.

High winds raised doubts about safety for spectators and competitors.  The remainder of the racing schedule will not take place.  The Portsmouth Regatta is concluded.  Standings will remain as they were following Saturday's races, with Land Rover BAR taking first place.
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Standings: Final
1 Land Rover BAR (19 points)
 2 ETNZ (18)
 3 Oracle (16)
  4 Team France (13)
5 Team Japan (13)
 6 Artemis Racing (11)
Saturday's races awarded 10 points for first place, 9 points for second, and so on.  Sunday's races would have earned double the points for each finish.

Sunday Outlook: Race Day 2 (Final Day)
Two Fleet Races (Races 3 and 4)
Race 3 start: 1:40 pm in UK/8:40 am ET US
Race 4 start: approx 2:25 pm/9:25 am ET US
(Racing has been abandoned due to weather.)

Conditions:
Winds SSE at 17 kts (Wunderground); Winds S to SSE at 21 kts, gusts to 28 (Windfinder); Winds S at 19 kts, gusts to 25 (Windguru).

Schedule | Race Area | Where to Watch
Live Audio: Sailradio UK
 



Ben Ainslie to the fore in Portsmouth. Photo:©2015 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

 

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