SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2013 — After a day of race postponements due to high winds, the America’s Cup action returns today, with a distinct chance of crowning a new winner.
Tuesday’s races, numbers 11 and 12 in the series, were postponed due to winds in excess of the prescribed limit. At the time of postponement, the wind speed was 25 knots.
Emirates Team New Zealand leads Oracle Team USA with a score of 7-1 wins. The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to score 9 points. For the Kiwis, this means two additional race wins to take the America’s Cup from the defender.
During the series, Oracle has won three races, however the team began with a 2-race deficit due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury for illegally modifying three AC 45 boats used in the America’s Cup World Series in 2012. The cheating saga has thrown unwelcome attention on Oracle Team USA and cost the team two points in the America’s Cup final, a ban of three crew members, and a $250,000 fine.
On Saturday, Emirates Team New Zealand had a near capsize on the upwind leg during Race 8, which Oracle Team USA won with a 52-second victory. “We got about as close as you can possibly get to having the thing end up on its side,” said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker.
Today’s races kick off at 1:15 p.m. PST (Race 11) and 2:15 p.m. PST (Race 12). If Oracle Team USA gets even one win today, the next races are scheduled for Thursday, Sept 19. If the Kiwis win both races today, the team is the new defender of the America’s Cup.
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