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MR.CLEAN

Friday 12 February Daily

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FWIW, USA definitely flew a hull a few times there even in the current breeze (or lack thereof).

 

+1

 

 

although the venerable Gary Jobson has stated that the secret to a good start is to never go slower than any other boat on the line, I suspect some degree of gamesmanship by BMWO here. . . their camp has been talking up A5's "advantage" in light air a bit too much in the press conferences. hopefully we find out soon....

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1424 AP down

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If he drops the AP now, based on the DoG, we are now into a 9:30pm finishing time limit.

 

The trouble is, if he starts in really light conditions and Alingi win, everyone will give him shit about being in their pockets...

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Well Aligngi found the lake they were looking for odds are this is going to happen. What a suprise .

 

tell me a reason for not racing....

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14:13

Still Alinghi are a sailing around at 15 to 16 knots of boat speed, occasionally flying a hull. They seem to want to go racing for sure, USA still holding fire cruising six or seven knots with their headsail away now. Breeze is 155 deg at the WW1 and start, 160 deg in middle of track and 155 at the start area, 3 knots at the startline area and 5 knots offshore at WW1 mark.

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14:18

 

So Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett confirms now that the breeze has settled again and he plans to drop the AP flag at 1424 local time, Attention signal 1425h, start planned 1435hrs. USA roll their headsail out again and away they go.

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AP down

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Did DZ just block CZs LoS to the AP drop?

Looked like CZ in the background.

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14:22

 

USA 17 have rolled their headsail away again and are on station at the committee boat as the AP flag comes down, game on.

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i guess we now know what is more important to oracle - they picked up the electronic box before the guy who jumped off the boat

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14:25

 

The excitement is palpable now, tension unbelievable. We are inside the ten minutes countdown. Breeze still around five to six knots. USA dropping the gennaker to the deck making a change and now have a light genoa and USA eject a back-up crew into the water at around 6min 30 to go.

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there's the first protest ......................

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penalty against Alingi

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14:29

 

Getting ready for entry to the start box at 5 mins, timing is crucial. Alinghi at 23 knots USA making 17 knots as the gun.

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fuck the boat speed, they just screwed them silly, nice work oracle, she looks fast too. :D:D

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14:32

Both very slow with two minutes to go, Alinghi pinned to the left of the box a little and USA have the upper hand for sure.

 

14:30

Alinghi cannot cross and USA take the immediate advantage, USA force penalty on Alinghi for failing to keep clear.

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HOLY SHIT!

 

DID YOU SEE THAT BOAT ACCELERATE?!

 

What's everybody watching. I'm on ESPN360, BUT THE LIVE FEED THING ON THE PINNED LINK HAS NOTHING BUT PRE RECORDED SHIT

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14:33

 

USA to the right and both boats are above the start line, Alinghi have the penalty. USA have stalled, flat footed and are stuck, Alinghi win the start and USA are all but stopped on the wrong side of the line.

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