Louis Vuitton Cup finalists disheartened but show spirit in first races (Photos)

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New Zealand sped around the mark quietly and alone again and then back to the barn. The boats are suffering different problems from each other. Helmsman Dean Barker met the press in dry clothes, shorts and athletic shoes and an Emirates jersey with his sunglasses on his head. He seemed serious rather than victorious and quite human rather than a gladiator, a gentleman who seemed to be quietly pulling more for the Cup as a whole. All for one and one for all. The Italians aren’t afraid to stick it in there Barker said in conclusion. What Barker and Sirena have in common is heart. Sirena even sails Luna Rossa with a Swedish flag as well as his own in honor of Artemis Racing. One difference is while the affable and muscular Sirena shaves his head smooth, the aristocratic, tall and lean 40 year old Barker with the baby smooth skin and flashing blue eyes has started letting a little soft scruff of beard grow. Barker tried to keep things optimistic and wants his time on the water.

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Skipper Dean Barker (14), of Emirates Team New Zealand, looks on as grinders Rob Waddell (11) and Chris Ward, center, float after after they fell during a sharp turn past the windward marks during the first race against Luna Rossa Challenge, of Italy, in their Americas Cup challenger series final sailing event on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in San Francisco.

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Thats about as hard as you can probably push it and get away with it. The Kiwis still emerged victorious because their competition bowed out from their own mistakes. The Italians scrambled to fix a bracket that holds the lines around the right daggerboard of their 72-foot catamaran just before the scheduled start. They caught a break when officials delayed the race 20 minutes waiting for the wind to drop below the 18.9-knot limit (21.74 mph). Luna Rossas broken board wobbled up-and-down seconds after crossing the start line, and the team dropped out as it made more repairs. The Kiwis quickly had their boat foiling above the water, and they seemed to be flying away with an uncontested win until the near catastrophe. As Barker made a sharp turn around a marker going 41 knots, or about 47 mph, he said a strong gust of wind occurred.

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Both races started as scheduled and both crews completed the course without incident. Luna Rossa had some shining moments, particularly in the second race, but Emirates Team New Zealand is just too fast. We had a solid day all around. The guys sailed really well, really happy with how the boats going in these conditions, said Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies. In the second race, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand had a near even start, with Luna Rossa to windward.

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In the second race, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand had a near even start, with Luna Rossa to windward. The Italian crew was seconds away from getting to the first mark in the lead, but then the Kiwi crew popped up onto their foils and led by 3 seconds around the mark. 34th Americas Cup – Louis Vuitton Cup Final, Day 4, Race 4 -A ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget Click Here to view large photo The Kiwis extended the lead to 18 seconds on the ensuing run, but Luna Rossa had the better approach to the leeward gate, rounding on starboard and heading into shore. Emirates Team New Zealand lost most of its advantage when it rounded on port and then had to tack to starboard to cover. ‘They did a nice job of jibing at the moment they did on the run to create a split,’ said Davies. ‘We had a moment we couldave taken that lane off them, but decided to go for left gate with an early tack around the mark, and covered them hard from there.’ The two crews traded seven tacks on the three-nautical-mile beat in true match racing fashion. ‘We played well to take the right gate at the bottom,’ said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena.

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“And to beat them, we have to do everything 200 percent better and they probably need to make some mistakes.” Just completing real races was a major success for the troubled regatta. Only one boat finished the first three races of the challenger finals. And officials had to call off the second race each of the first three days because of wind that exceeded the safety limit. With lighter wind and a blue sky, the latest competitions ended almost before they began. In the first race, Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Draper moved his 72-foot catamaran too close to the start line. He had perfect inside position but had to pull back so he didn’t cross before the clock started, and by the time he picked up speed again, Emirates already had a large lead. Barker’s patient tactic allowed Emirates to hit the start line at full acceleration and leave Luna Rossa difficult air in its path. The Kiwis hit a top speed of nearly 44 knots, or about 50 mph, by the first mark and pulled off several smooth foiling gybes when a boat changes direction while sailing downwind and stays on the foils, without the hulls touching the water. “Momentum goes a long way in these boats,” Barker said.


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