Newport, Rhode Island, is hosting the America's Cup World Series
through July 1, 2012. Artemis Racing, Luna Rossa, and ETNZ
above, racing off Fort Adams.
Photo:©2012 Daniel Forster/Artemis Racing
America's Cup World Series Newport
Results and Standings
Scroll down or click for daily Race Reports, photos, and more:
Wednesday: Final Practice Day
Day 1 Report | Friday:
Day 2 Report
Saturday: Day 3 Report | Sunday:
Final Day Report
Onboard Artemis Racing:
See Gallery from photographer Daniel Forster
Where to Watch the Racing:
Live on NBC Sunday, July 1, 2:30 pm ET, plus
America's Cup YouTube Channel |
Read more about ACWS TV/Online Broadcasts
Animated Virtual Coverage:
More Sailing-related Newport Activities:
America's Cup Charters |
Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame |
Museum of Yachting |
Americascup.com Newport Page
On this page (click links or scroll down):
Newport Day 4: Sunday
The AC500 Speed Trial was a crowd pleaser on Saturday.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Sunday July 1: Newport Final Day
Applied Fluid Dynamics: Oracle4 crew celebrates a season overall
Match Race Final followed by Fleet Race Final. Match
Race start 2:40 pm, duration approximately 18 minutes.
Fleet Race start 3:10 pm, duration approximately 40 minutes.
Newport Match Race Final:
One Race: Complete
Oracle5 (Coutts) beats Oracle4 (Spithill)
Newport Fleet Race 5:
This is the final fleet race of the Newport regatta, with
increasing scoring bonuses for the higher placed finishers, up to
30 points for first place.
Race Underway: Oracle
Coutts leading, followed by LR Swordfish and Piranha. ENTZ
trailing in eighth with daggerboard problems. Coutts
leading at the bottom of Leg 6 by 8 seconds over LR Piranha, but
a boundary penalty on Oracle5 early on leg 7 puts Piranha into
the lead. LR Swordfish 40 seconds back in third, followed
by Artemis, Energy, Korea, Oracle4, and ETNZ.
Onto the last full leg downwind,
Piranha rounds ahead in first at a delta of 35 seconds over Coutts,
and Swordfish 41 seconds off the lead. ETNZ has gained into 7th,
while Artemis has lost ground with gennaker furling problems.
Luna Rossa Piranha wins by 30
seconds! Oracle5 Coutts is second, LR Swordfish 3rd, Team
Korea 4th, Oracle4 (Spithill) 5th, ETNZ 6th, Artemis 7th, and
With 30 points won today, Chris
Draper and Luna Rossa Piranha win the
Newport Fleet Race Championship.
Oracle4 with James Spithill is
the overall ACWS Season Champion! Artemis Racing wins the
Season Match Race title.
See Final Season Standings
Fisher: "Jimmy was not prepared to give anything away and chased
hard but by the leeward mark Coutts was nine seconds ahead and
while that may not seem much, it proved too much for Spithill to
Fisher's View at Sail-World
Russell wins a big one, knocking off teammate Jimmy Spithill who had been
red-hot in Newport. Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
“You’re too young to know some of those tricks,”
50-year-old Coutts told his youthful opponent James Spithill
after beating him in the Final.
More Quotes from the teams:
Read Sunday Statements
Russell Coutts: “Today just
happened to work out for us. We got some nice breaks, but I
wouldn’t give us too much credit for it,” Coutts said. “As a
team, we’re really happy. Jimmy and his guys won the World Series
and that’s what we came here to do… We’re always out there to
win, we’re not there to just sail around the buoys -- we want to
Coutts on Oracle5 led the fleet early, but Chris Draper on Luna
Rossa Piranha kept on top of Russell and pounced on an Oracle
boundary penalty to take the lead.
Conditions: SSW winds rising into 12-18 knot range and
becoming SW (ACEA). High Tide 6:37 pm, flood tide again for
Russell Coutts says that even though the team has been training
on their AC45's in San Francisco this year, he and Oracle4
skipper James Spithill haven't match raced against each other at
all in practice. After Oracle5 bobbed the nose off the mark
boat Saturday, his shore crew brought the boat back up to 100%,
ready for today's match. Coutts came out very aggressive
against Team Korea in the quarter-finals while Spithill's been a
winning machine in Newport, so there is every reason to expect
that the Oracle Team USA boys will put on a good show given the
Newport Day 3:
The AC500 Speed Trial was a crowd pleaser on Saturday.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Saturday June 30: Newport Day 3
After two difficult days, ETNZ was back at the front of the pack
Photo:©2012 Chris Cameron/ETNZ
AC 500 Speed Trial (2 runs per team), followed by Fleet Races
3 and 4. The Speed Trial is expected to start at 1:50 pm,
duration about 24 minutes. The first Fleet Race is expected
to start at 2:36 pm, with each fleet Race lasting about 30
Winds SW 7-10 knots, gusting 11-14, and backing to SSW
Winds 10 kts SW becoming SSW (Weather
Underground). Winds WSW becoming SSW 8 kts (NOAA
Marine Forecast). Tides: High Tide at 5:37 pm, near max
flood at scheduled race time (NOAA
Wind has filled in, even more southerly at race time and
stronger than predicted, with puffs into the mid-to-high teens.
Fleet Race 3:
Spithill gets a hat trick with three straight #1 finishes.
Team Korea is back on form with second place, ETNZ third, Artemis
4th, Luna Rossa Piranha 5th, Luna Rossa Swordfish sixth, Energy
7th, OR Coutts Did Not Finish (DNF). Coutts withdrew after
striking the bowsprit of the mark boat on rounding, and is back
at the dock unable to start Fleet Race 4 starting shortly.
After swapping out a dagger board and replacing a shroud, the
team says that Oracle5 is expected to back at 100% tomorrow for
the Match Race Final against their teammates.
Fleet Race 4:
Complete. Spithill leading early, ETNZ breathing down their neck
on Leg 3, Energy fighting for Third. Spithill and Energy
trade places back and forth. ETNZ into the lead and then
pull away on Leg 7, going on to win readily! Energy stomps on the
gas and overtakes Spithill on the final reach to the finish to grab
2nd. Spithill 3rd, Team Korea 4th, Luna Rossa Piranha 5th
and Swordfish 6th, Artemis 7th, Oracle Coutts DNS.
See Newport Fleet Race Standings
The Fleet Races offer a fresh chance for Emirates Team New Zealand
and Team Korea after unfortunate finishes on
Friday. The frustration was more than evident yesterday on
the faces of their skippers, Dean Barker and Nathan Outteridge as
they tried to be philosophical at the post-race briefings.
These guys are good, more than that they are some of the best
anywhere. They sailed very well in the warm-ups this week, and a
better result will clearly be on their chalkboards for Saturday.
Today the flood tide again
brings risk of boats being across the starting line early, and
the penalties in Fleet Racing can be costly. ETNZ has won
from that spot though in the past, so even on fast boats racing
these relatively short courses, nothing is over until it is over
(to apocryphally quote famous Yankee sailor Yogi Berra).
The SW winds off Fort Adams have
been quite a tactical challenge for the crews, with significant
changes in pressure and periodic shifts as they come up the bay
into Newport. In such conditions downwind the trailing
boats bring the new wind with them; sailing upwind even being slightly
out of phase with a leader can offer the chance for gains from
behind; and neither side of the course has been consistently
favored. Big leads haven't looked as safe here as they
As for the standings, with the
minimum points guaranteed for a second place finish in the
Newport Match Race Final, Spithill will have at least an 8-point
lead over rival Emirates Team New Zealand on the season
leaderboard. With an eight team field in fleet racing, first place
wins 10 points while eighth place wins 3 points, making a maximum
of 7 points left to gain over any rival. Which means Oracle4 has
clinched the ACWS overall season championship!
Likewise, Artemis Racing, even
with their 4th place finish in the Newport Match Race
competition, secures a total of 50 points for the season, 3
points ahead of second place Oracle4 (Spithill) even if Oracle4
beats Oracle5 on Sunday. Well-earned by a very tough
looking crew that until yesterday didn't lose a match race in the
last three regattas, Artemis will take home the ACWS 2011-2012
season Match Race title.
Newport Results and Standings and
ACWS Season Standings
ETNZ shows off their winning form on Saturday, placing 2nd
and 1st in the Fleet Races.
Photo:©2012 Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Newport Day 2: Friday
ETNZ led most of Friday's Fleet Race, only to have their pocket
picked by Oracle4 at the final mark.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Friday June 29: Newport Day 2
Two Semi-Final Matches consisting of one race each, followed by
Fleet Race 2. Match Race starts expected 2:36 pm and 2:52
pm, duration of races approximately 13 minutes each. Fleet
Race start expected at 3:15 pm, duration approximately 30
Match Race Pairings:
Oracle4 (Spithill) defeats Artemis Racing
Oracle5 (Coutts) defeats Luna Rossa Piranha
The Final Match on Sunday will be all-Oracle Team USA.
See Newport Match Race Brackets
Race Report SF1:
An OCS penalty on Artemis at 5 seconds before the start left the
Swedish team in James Spithill's wake to start the
single-elimination Semi-Final. A couple extra tacks on Leg
3 didn't help the cause for Artemis, either, and they trailed
Oracle early with the delta holding at 34-35 seconds into legs 4
and 5. Oracle went right at the second leeward gate,
Artemis went right at the gate trying to split, then taking the
left-hand side of the course. Oracle tacked to cover
upwind, with the lead at 120 meters. Artemis tacked to
starboard at the left boundary, then soon tacked back again in
the center of the course, managing to get slightly out of phase
with Oracle4. With Oracle approaching the port layline,
Artemis closer to the center of the course picked up a little
more breeze, cutting the lead to 90m by the end of Leg 5.
Downwind on the final leg Artemis runs out of race course before
reeling Oracle4 in any further, and Oracle4 (Spithill) wins the
Semi-Final. Artemis picks up their first match race loss in
the last three World Series and will finish 4th in the Newport
Match Race Standings.
Race Report SF2:
An even start with Oracle (Coutts) to windward of Chris Draper
and Luna Rossa Piranha. Coutts gets aggressive and holds LR from
gybing even way past the first mark, letting Oracle choose the
timing and preserving the stronger-looking right-hand side for
themselves downwind. Coutts holds a narrow 8 second lead at the
first leeward mark, taking the left-hand gate, LR taking the
right, followed by a loose cover upwind with both boats keeping
to the right side on Leg 3. A 14 second lead at the top mark and
Coutts extends to 150m downwind on the 4th leg, and a 17 second
lead at the bottom. Both boats go right. The wind gets lighter,
but Luna Rossa closes a bit, the lead dropping down to 100m, down
to 60m. Despite the distance, the delta is stubbornly at 16
seconds at the final windward mark. Heading downwind to the
finish, Piranha starts to make gains, staying slightly right of
Oracle, carrying better speed aided by wind building again from
behind. The finish comes too fast, though, and Oracle5 (Coutts)
goes into the Match Race Final, winning by 9 seconds over Luna
Fleet Race 2:
ETNZ leads most of the race, but Oracle 4 (Spithill) steals it on
the last downwind leg. ETNZ is second, Artemis third,
Energy Team 4th, Luna Rossa Swordfish 5th, Team Korea 6th,
Oracle5 (Coutts) 7th, and Luna Rossa Piranha 8th.
ETNZ and Team Korea, seen here turning the first Mark, got a jump
on the rest of the field with a great start in Friday's Fleet
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Winds: SW 10 knots gusting to 15 (WindFinder).
SSW 10 knots (Weather
Underground). Tides: Nearing maximum flood at scheduled
race time, with high tide approximately 4:30 pm (NOAA
Tides). 20-30% chance of mid-day rain or thunderstorm (NOAA
weather forecast and
current radar loop).
A great set of pairings for the Semi-Finals with a re-invigorated
Russell Coutts going up against a sharp looking Luna Rossa
Piranha skippered by Chris Draper. Artemis has been running
like clockwork lately, so sending them head-to-head against James
Spithill and Oracle4 gives the Swedes a welcome chance to show
they can take the season standings leader down a notch. Of
course, after placing sixth in the match race portion of the
regatta, if ETNZ is going to have a chance to edge into first for
the season by the end of ACWS Newport, they'll want to see
Spithill stopped sooner rather than later, hoping to only give up
two points in the process.
Both of today's pairings have
met only once previously in AC45 match racing. In
Cascais, gennaker problems forced Artemis to withdraw from their
Semi-Final match against Spithill, who then went on to win the
match race regatta. Luna Rossa Piranha with Chris Draper on
the helm met Oracle5
skippered by Darren Bundock in the
Naples Semi-Finals, with the
Italians prevailing. Coutts and Draper have met, though,
with Draper skippering Team Korea to victory over Oracle5 in the
Oracle4 crew's day to shine, beating Artemis in the Match
Race Final, then gutting out a Fleet Race win, too.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Newport Day 1:
Photo:©2012 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA
Thursday June 28: Day 1 of
America's Cup World Series Newport'
ETNZ capsized in their first match race against Luna Rossa,
damaging the wing and canceling any social plans for their shore
crews tonight. The crew was not injured. Click image for
more photos. Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
One Seeding Fleet Race followed by Four
Quarter-Final Matches. The Quarter-Finals are each a
best-of-three series, so between 8 and 12 match races are
Fleet Race start scheduled for
12:00 pm, expected duration is 30 minutes. First Match Race
start scheduled for 12:40 pm, expected duration of each match
race is 13 minutes.
Wind WSW 8 knots, gusts to 14 (Windfinder).
Winds WSW 10 knots becoming SW 9 knots (Wunderground).
High Tide 12:55 pm, relatively slack water during racing. Clear
Sam Newton fronting up on Oracle5. Both Oracle boats were
in the hunt Thursday, taking 1-2 in the Fleet race and winning
their Semi-Final matches. Photo:©2012 Guilain
Grenier/Oracle Team USA
Fleet Race #1: Oracle4 (Spithill) wins Fleet Race1! Oracle4
(Spithill) wins Fleet Race1! Oracle5 (Coutts) is 2nd, Luna Rossa
Piranha 3rd, Artemis 4th, Energy 5th, Emirates Team New Zealand
6th, Luna Rossa Swordfish 7th, Team Korea 8th.
Artemis defeats Energy (2-0)
Luna Rossa Piranha defeats ETNZ (2-0)
Oracle5 (Coutts) defeats Luna Rossa Swordfish (2-1)
Oracle4 (Spithill) defeats Team Korea (2-1)
Artemis will face Oracle4
(Spithill) in the semi-finals while Oracle5 (Coutts) will face LR
See Match Race Brackets
ETNZ was DNF and DNS after an
early capsize that damaged their wingsail. The crew is not
seriously injured, but the wing sustained damage to the frames
and Clysar film covering, and the shore crew is working to repair
the wing for Friday, borrowing parts from other teams where
necessary. The capsize was the first AC45 incident with the
wing extension installed, and while waiting to be right the
extension filled with water before separating from the main
See ETNZ capsize photo gallery
Quotes of the Day:
Russell Coutts: “We want to try to get a better
result for Boat 5 this week, that’s the objective. And so far,
frankly, we didn’t show any form in practice, so I didn’t have
any big expectations today.
“I thought we started okay in the match racing,
but otherwise, personally, we didn’t have a great day. We made
a lot of mistakes, that’s probably just lack of match fitness.
I’m still getting the feel of the boat again. It’s one thing to
practice in San Francisco where it’s 20 plus knots every day, and
then come here and it’s shifty and lighter, it’s got more
subtleties in the technique. By Sunday, I think we’ll be going a
Newport wraps up the first season of AC45 racing for
the America's Cup World Series. The story throughout the
year has been the learning process for the sailors, with some
being able to spend a great deal of time in training,
particularly if their team has a spare set of boats.
But after five regattas, the field is leveling out.
Wednesday's practice saw Team Korea leading the fleet in tricky
conditions, testimony to a lot of effort and some good personnel continuity
throughout the year. Energy Team clicked again in Venice,
leveraging their extensive multihull experience with
increasing time spent on the AC45. Luna Rossa's Chris
Draper and Paul Campbell-James came hot off the helms of other
boats and helped push the Italian team to podium finishes. Can
they perform that trick in the USA, too?
Meanwhile, the Big Three of
Oracle, Artemis, and ENTZ are at the top of the season standings.
Artemis has looked formidable under some tough conditions, but
also found some hard luck at unexpected times. The Swedes
could dominate the regatta, and have enough local experience
onboard to do it, but would need to sail perfectly to have a
mathematical shot at the season championship.
Russell Coutts, back again on
the helm of Oracle5, would probably like to get in the groove and
chalk up a few wins against his in-house rival James Spithill,
even if there's not a season championship in the offering.
The marquee showdown though is
Oracle4 (Spithill) versus Emirates Team New Zealand, who have
been neck-and-neck for overall leads throughout the 2011-2012
season. Currently separated by 4 points in the
season standings with up to 20 points still on the table,
they are the two contenders for a first place season finish.
Boats that get eliminated in the Quarter-Finals will have their
match race points fixed by the end of the day today, with the
oddity that sailing well in the Fleet Race could earn a low
numerical seed for match racing, but with the high-low match pairings
comes the risk
that in the next round a Quarter-Final loss could shunt the eliminated team into
the Match Race Points cellar. Nobody sails with the goal of
finishing 4th or 5th, but those seeds are actually the lower
risk result in the opening fleet race.
See Match Race Bracket
ACWS Newport Racing Begins
(June 28) Newport starts
Thursday slightly more humid and a bit less windy than yesterday,
but the crowds have turned out. The town has the usual
summer-weekend gridlock, but on a weekday morning. Was
there ever a day that you've seen thousands of people pay to
watch a sailboat race in person? Well, that day is
certainly here and with the start of the fleet race just minutes
away, and after filling fields of parking, paying spectators
continue to stream into Fort Adams for Day 1 of ACWS Newport, and
it's not even the weekend yet.
Practice Makes for a Perfect Wednesday
Truth in advertising for Emirates Team New Zealand.
(June 27) There’s a long and
storied romance between Newport and the America’s Cup, and it’s
been rekindled into full flame here on the eve of the ACWS
regatta starting Thursday. Challengers and the Defender are here
to race, and even though the defense of yachting’s most historic
trophy isn’t until next year in San Francisco, Cup racing in
Newport makes everything shine. The town hasn’t looked better in
decades, and the America’s Cup as an event is back with cutting
edge technology on and off the water, plus a re-invented
spectator experience. And Sunday will see live national
broadcast TV coverage in the USA for the first time since the
Wednesday’s solid southwest winds in the
mid-20-knot range let the cats shoot off the start line and carry
eye-opening speed into the mark roundings, with the downwind gate
barely spitting distance from an excited crowd packing the shore
on the western side of Fort Adams. Practice Race One was under a
wind regime marked by numerous strong puffs, and spiced up by
substantial wind shifts from leg to leg that kept both sailors
and crowds on their toes for the unfolding tactical battle.
Practice Race Two saw winds drop into the teens early on, the
boats sailing a bit more confidently, before the wind filled in strong from the left-hand side and the spray started
flying again. Practice Race Three saw a couple of withdrawals
due to gear issues, including Team Korea and Luna Rossa, with
discretion being the better part of having a boat to race
The fans were more than enthusiastic, and
if you’ve never seen a successful inside position at the mark
draw spontaneous applause, or a wingsail cat catch a gust after
gybing and make people on shore audibly gasp, then you might be
skeptical of the “stadium sailing” underlying the ACWS format.
But if you were here on Narragansett Bay for a day that all the
smartphone photo filters in the world couldn’t make look any more
beautiful, you would need no convincing. This is fun. Racing
Starts Thursday. Let’s Regatta!
Ready to Launch
Piranha on the hook. Photo:©2012 CupInfo.com
(June 27) Craning in the AC45's
draws a crowd in Newport, Wednesday, the day before official
racing begins on June 28. That didn't stop a sizeable crowd
from making their way to Fort Adams even hours before the
practice racing began on a near-perfect Rhode Island afternoon.
Racing kicks off Thursday with
the first fleet race, which also seeds the
Match Race Brackets, and is followed by the best-of-three
Quarter-Finals matches, a total of 8 to 12 match races on the
America's Cup Hall of Fame
Click image to enlarge and read press release.
Photo:©2012 Carlo Borlenghi
(June 30) Patrizio Bertelli,
Jonathon Wright, and Gerard Lambert -- The 2012 America's Cup
Hall of Fame Class was celebrated in style Friday night in
Press Release and See Photos
(June 5) Oracle
Team USA will continue its crew rotation for the
America’s Cup World Series later this month in
Newport, R.I., as Jimmy Spithill pushes to win the
2011-’12 season championship and Russell Coutts
returns to helm boat No. 5. “The rotations are
fundamental to our long-term plan of building a
really strong in-house racing program to be ready
for the 2013 America’s Cup,” said skipper Jimmy
Spithill. “Newport will be a fantastic event, and
it will be great to see the America’s Cup back in
Read Oracle Team USA Press Release
Investments to Sponsor ACWS Newport, Fan
Experiences, and Volunteer Work
(June 4) An
Official Sponsor of the Newport regatta, Fidelity
Investments is also the presenting sponsor of the
AC World Series Newport Exploration Zone and the
Volunteer Program. The Exploration Zone,
located on the north lawn at Fort Adams, will
offer an interactive experience for children and
adults of all ages. The 100-foot x 40-foot
tent will showcase more than a dozen exhibits from
the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School
of Oceanography (GSO), the America’s Cup Healthy
Ocean Project partners, and local nonprofits.
In addition, there will be a small theater off the
main tent, where attendees can enjoy a variety of
short lectures given by scientists and students.
Investments is proud to be part of bringing
America’s Cup racing back to Newport and the state
of Rhode Island after nearly 30 years,” said Ron
O’Hanley, president, Asset Management and
Corporate Services for Fidelity Investments.
“The attributes and skills of a competitive sailor
mirror those of a great investor.
strong leadership, detailed planning, disciplined
behavior, a thirst for knowledge and a persistent
pursuit of performance, which is why our employees
are so excited to be partnering in this historic
Read Fidelity /ACEA Press Release
Racing Returns to Newport
America’s Cup racing returns to the United States
next month when the AC World Series brings nine of
the top sailing crews in the world to Newport,
R.I. The American team, Oracle Team USA,
currently leads the AC World Series by one point
and so the final stop on the 2011-2012 AC World
Series circuit will determine the overall winner
of the first-ever season.
has been extremely close since the first event in
Portugal last summer,” said Jimmy Spithill,
skipper of Oracle Team USA. “I won’t be
surprised to see it come down to the final race,
on the final day in Newport. And that’s the
way it should be.”
Read ACEA Press Release
as ACWS Regatta in 2012
(Aug 12, 2011)
Newport, RI was unveiled today as the final stop
of the 2011-2012 AC World Series, which promises
to be a dramatic finish to the first season of the
new AC45 professional circuit. Designed to expose
millions more people to the sport of
high-performance racing, the new professional
circuit was created to bring the America’s Cup
experience to top international venues.
In addition to
being the first American host of the high-tech
AC45 wing-sailed catamarans in 2012, Newport also
has the honor of seeing the first AC World Series
circuit champion crowned. The highlight of each AC
World Series stop is the spectacular,
winner-takes-all, fleet race on final Sunday,
where teams put points on the board to take the
overall title, so the final race on Sunday, July 1
in Newport could be the ultimate decision maker
for the AC World Series champion.
Read Newport Regatta Announcement
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