34th America’s Cup: Will this ever end?
Published on September 19th, 2013
San Francisco, CA (September 19, 2013) – After challenger Emirates Team New Zealand missed their chance to close out the 34th America’s Cup in the twelfth race earlier in the day, the conditions got a bit too windy for the thirteenth race.
With the ebb tide increasing, and the wind limit reduced to 20.3 knot from the 23 knot rule, the race committee delayed the start in hopes that conditions would moderate. And for a period they did, but with less than 2 minutes to the start, a gust pushed it over the limit again. With their backs against the 1440 start deadline, the Race Committee called it for the day.
For those keeping score, this was the ninth race day, and the sixth scheduled race (out of 13 races) that has either been postponed or abandoned.
It’s impossible to know how many of the 4,474,910 people in New Zealand have been watching the America’s Cup, but it is quite likely many more will be watching when racing resumes tomorrow. In New Zealand, tomorrow is Saturday, and nobody parties like they party on the weekend.
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Twelve Completed Races – First team to 9 Points Wins
Emirates Team New Zealand: 8
Oracle Team USA: 2*
* Began series with -2 points due to International Jury penalty from AC World Series.
America’s Cup Final schedule
Thursday, Sept. 19: Race 12 (1:15 pm PT), Race 13* (2:15 pm PT) Race 13 postponed
Friday, Sept. 20: Race 13 (1:15 pm PT), Race 14* (2:15 pm PT)
Saturday, Sept. 21: Race 15* (1:15 pm PT), Race 16* (2:15 pm PT)
Sunday, Sept. 22: Race 17* (1:15 pm PT), Race 18* (2:15 pm PT)
Monday, Sept. 23: Race 19* (1:15 pm PT)