ACWS Naples – Day 3 News (+3 Videos)

Naples offered a new challenge to the nine crews competing in the America’s Cup World Series on Friday as light, shifty offshore winds battled an onshore swell, resulting in a race course where gains and losses were often measured in the hundreds of yards.

ORACLE Racing Spithill had the best day across the two fleet races, posting two second-place finishes. In contrast, each race winner (Energy Team, Emirates Team New Zealand) also carried a seventh place score on the day. As a result, Jimmy Spithill’s American team gained four points on the leading Kiwis, nearly cutting their lead in half over the course of the day.

Summary Day 3

(News Day 3 | total 2:38min | americascup channel)

More about Day 3

(Highlights of Day 3 | total 23:21min | americascup channel)

The Complete Race Day 3

(Complete Race Day 3 | total 02:00:03min | americascup channel)

Provisional Results from Friday’s Match Races

QF3 = Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand
QF4 – Luna Rossa Swordfish beat Energy Team

Emirates Team New Zealand finishes eighth in the Match Racing Championship; Artemis Racing advances to SF1.

Energy Team finishes fifth in the Match Racing Championship; Luna Rossa Swordfish advances to SF1

Fleet Race Six Report and Results

Emirates Team New Zealand didn’t start so well, but tactician Ray Davies picked his way through the holes in the light breeze, climbing up to 2nd and then poaching 1st place from arch-rivals ORACLE Racing Spithill on the final lap.

The two Luna Rossa boats sailed a solid race in front of the Naples sea front, Swordfish and Piranha finishing third and fourth respectively. In a big raft-up right at the finish Team Korea emerged from the melee best, claiming 5th place.

Provisional Finishing Order, Fleet Race Six

Emirates Team New Zealand
ORACLE Racing Spithill
Luna Rossa Swordfish
Luna Rossa Piranha
Team Korea
ORACLE Racing Bundock
Energy Team
Artemis Racing
China Team

Fleet Race Five Report and Results

Energy Team fought off the close attention of Team Korea early on to sail away and win the race in a soft, 5-10 knot north-easterly wind. ORACLE Racing Spithill were patient, chipping away and climbing up to finish in second place, overhauling Luna Rossa Piranha and relegating the Italians to third in the latter stages of the race.

After dominating both races yesterday, Emirates Team New Zealand struggled to recover from a penalty early, trailing the fleet for a long time and only stealing two places towards the finish to record a seventh place – “Every point counts,” was the chatter on board as the disappointed Kiwis crossed the line.

Provisional finishing order – Fleet Race Five

Energy Team
ORACLE Racing Spithill
Luna Rossa Piranha
ORACLE Racing Bundock
Team Korea
Artemis Racing
Emirates Team New Zealand
Luna Rossa Swordfish
China Team

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