Oracle Team USA put on a sailing masterclass to take the top two spots in the standings at the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco at the end of day two.
Fans flocked down to Marina Green as winds in the 12 to 16-knot range created perfect sailing conditions. A spectator friendly racecourse saw the sailors come within spitting distance of the crowd. The biggest cheers of the day were heard when the local crews of Oracle Team USA were spotted out in the swell.
The trip to San Francisco sees two-time Olympic bronze medallist Santiago Lange making his America’s Cup debut with Artemis Racing. Santiago summed up the emotions felt by both competitors and spectators at this festival of sailing.
“This type of racing is awesome. It’s the best I’ve ever done in any boat. I’m so happy to be here and it’s really what sailing should be about. I’m still getting used to steering while looking around to see the marks and the boundaries and all the lights, but this is really great racing.”
It was Oracle Team USA’s Russell Coutts who stamped his authority on the opening fleet race of the championship. The America’s Cup veteran accelerated powerfully over the starting line and held the lead until the end of the race.
“The start of the first race was critical and it was great to lead the fleet around that first mark. It was a tough racecourse and you had to keep your eyes open and pick your lanes well.”
In the second fleet race of the day it was the turn of Russell’s Oracle stablemate Jimmy Spithill to show his class. Spithill battled past the China Team vessel at mark two and held off the advances of both Artemis Racing crews to claim the win.
“We had a bit of a battle with the Artemis boats, the boys stretched us out there at the end. There’s a definite tide line up the course and the wind was difficult to read at the top end. Our manoeuvres were flawless so we end the day very happy and looking forward to tomorrow.”
Racing on Friday through Sunday (2:00 pm PDT start time Friday and Saturday and 11:30 am PDT on Sunday) will be broadcast live around the world on the America’s Cup YouTube channel.
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