New Zealand again looked unassailable in 14 knots of breeze yesterday, blowing out Barker and Cammas and mathematically eliminating the French from competition regardless of Saturday’s action. Artemis also showed she’s not done just yet, holding out Spithill at the start and camping on him all the way around the course. Oracle was hampered by sheering off the end of their rudder shortly before their race was scheduled to begin, and it seemed they never quite got the settings on the replacement rudder right, but Outerridge looked quick when it mattered.
The final races today are all irrelevant, except of course for the opening heavyweight brawl – Burling(NZ)/Ashby(AUS) vs. Spithill (AUS)/Slingsby(AUS), and in breeze. If the Kiwis take it, they’ll carry a 1-point advantage over the Defender when they face off in a couple of weeks. Should Oracle win, she’ll take the same advantage into the Only Match That Counts.
In more sobering news, the first on-the-water casualties of the 2017 AC season in Bermuda aren’t on the foilers at all; Kiwi tourist Mary Elizabeth McKee, her 69-year-old husband Arthur, and a 26-year-old British tourist were flung from an inflatable in a collision with a powerboat returning to shore in Hamilton. McKee died from her injuries, while the other two people are in hospital. According to BDA police, “the male operator of one of the vessels involved has been arrested on suspicion of operating a vessel while impaired.”
Watch the racing at 1:00 PM (ET) today
on your major TV networks if you can make one of the geoexclusionary, restricted, poorly-rated, cobbled-together digital solutions work. In the US, watch out for the commercials!
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