34th America's Cup preview


Our takeon the Oracle Team USA versus Emirates Team New Zealand competition
The 34th America’s Cup sets sail today, with race one between the Larry Ellison-backed defender, Oracle Team USA, and the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, starting at 1315 local time (2015 UTC, 2115 BST). Two races are to be held each day with the competition continuing tomorrow, Tuesday and Thursday until the Kiwis hit nine wins or Oracle Team USA reach 11 (thanks to their two point penalty). While at least from a year out, it was easy to predict how the Louis Vuitton Trophy would unfold: that Emirates Team New Zealand would come out on top among the challengers, Luna Rossa being too late and campaigning a first generation boat, while, despite having a gazillion PhDs in their employment, Artemis Racing was painfully slow to twig that getting your AC72 foiling was essential, the Swedish campaign then being dealt the cruel blow of Andrew Simpson’s loss. Finally with the America’s Cup match itself due to kick off imminently, we are pleased to report that we have finally come up against part of the competition where the outcome is hard to predict and we return to some sport, which has been sorely lacking from this event so far. So who do we think is going to win? After much soul searching and contemplation – we think it will be Oracle Team USA. This is purely because we think their boat is faster and throughout the history of the America's Cup this has usually proved the winning factor. There are rumours of the Oracle AC72 having cruised above 50 knots while the Kiwi’s top speed during training is allegedly a fraction of a knot short of 50 knots (it is surprising how we talk so easily of these previously unimaginable speeds). However part of it could be weather dependent with the feeling that

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