- Published on Sunday, 26 August 2012 20:53
- Written by Carlo Caraluzzo
26 August 2012: USA’s Oracle Team electrifies the Crowd
It was all glory for the home team as they raced to lead the standings of the AC World Series by the end of day two. Their road two success was mapped out beginning with capturing of two spots in the first challenge.
With wind currents moderate at 12-16 Knots, the conditions remained viable to guarantee a good race without disappointing the hordes of fans that flocked Marina Green. The crowds cheered wildly for their favorite teams. With the racecourse just yards from the shoreline, the teams came to within a spitting distance from the crowds eliciting cheers. Thrilled fans were a tip on the icing in motivating the sailors.
Santiago Lange of Artemis racing was full of excitement and was quoted saying that it was the best racing yet in his racing career. He cited fun in the challenge and concurred it was what sailing ought to be about. The two times Olympic bronze medalist in the Tornado class of the Olympics was making his Debut in the America’s Cup. He added that he was still perfecting his steering skills while keeping in mind the boundary marks and the lights. This is what made the racing exciting.
Veteran Russell Coutts made a spectacular start to the race by staging a performance that show him take an early lead. The stunt included powerful acceleration moments before the start gun fired. At the explosion, his boat lurched forward speeding past the competitors. It was not all about the start but he maintained the lead to the end with his stablemate Jimmy Spithill hot in pursuit putting the two crews at the top of the standings.
Coutts confessed that the start of the race was critical. He added that he felt honored to lead the fleet and that the race was tough and involved good choice of lanes.
China team’s Phil Robertson and Team Korea’s Nathan outteridge were the center of attraction on AC youth series. These were the youngest skippers in the fleet. Robertson led the fleet for the better part of the first mark. Outteridge was on the winning trail in the challenge until a penalty slowed him in his tracks. He ended up in the fourth position just ahead of Ben Ainslie of J.P Morgan BAR.
After coming up second in the first race, Spithill of Oracle Team USA put extra efforts in the second race and beat China team to the second mark. He ferociously raced against the two Artemis Crews to clinch win the race.
Spithill expressed enthusiasm with his team commending them for a flawless sail. He acknowledged the fight against Artemis boats and ability of his crew to hold them off regardless of the tide and wind which was hard to read.
In the sudden death matches, Terry Hutchinson of Swedish Artemis Racing White crew triumphed against Luna Rossa’s Swordfish. The 2011-2012 Champions, Artemis Racing controlled the entire race.
Chris Draper Piranha team competed out against the titleholders, Oracle team USA. With an n amazing lead clinched from the start, the Piranha team fought to maintain its lead throughout the race to earn a ticket to the semis.
Live coverage of the event proceeds today through Saturday at 2:00 P.M PDT and Sunday at 2:00 P.M on America’s YouTube channel while TV coverage is available on 11.2 NBC Bay area. The broadcast is also available in California on Comcast Sportsnet California.
Be sure to catch the action on finals live from coast to coast across the United States on NBC from 11:30 A.M PDT.