More on the America's Cup


On Oracle's win, auto-rake mechanisms, media interest and a potential challenge of record
Just at a time when the WAGs had got to being on first name terms with the Auckland realtors, so Oracle Team USA bankrupted the bookies by coming from 8:1 down to reach 8:9, successfully defending the 34th America’s Cup in one of sport’s biggest turnarounds. Even if this result was unimaginable in the middle of last week with Emirates Team New Zealand dominating the regatta early on, given the subsequent strong performance of Oracle Team USA over the final week of the regatta, and her unbroken winning streak, Wednesday's outcome was not unexpected. In the final post-race press conference (see below), Grant Dalton said that his team had learned from Valencia in 2007 when they had peaked for the Louis Vuitton Cup final and on this occasion had geared their campaign towards peaking on the first day of the America’s Cup match itself, ie the sailing team’s performance and in particular their design effort. Unfortunately while the Kiwis started out with the upper hand in performance terms, during the America’s Cup match itself they seemed to be comparatively stagnant in upping their game, while Oracle Team USA proved able to successfully introduce many more developments, both in terms of how they were sailing their AC72 and the ability of their design and technical team to eek out more speed from their AC72.  As Grant Dalton observed: the upwind delta between the two AC72s changed by 1.5 minutes in Oracle Team USA’s favour over the course of week and a half. “That is a huge improvement that they have made. At the bottom end of one tack today we hit 14 knots - a month ago we were bottoming out at 10/11, so we have improved a huge amount as well, but I guess in the end we weren’t quick enough...” You have to

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