America's Cup World Series 2011-2012:
San Diego Regatta Schedule and Format


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America's Cup World Series San Diego Format



ACWS San Diego, USA, November 2011:


Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:05 pm Pacific Time each day.  All match races are 18-minutes long.  The Port Cities Challenge features one 40-minute fleet race followed by two 18-minute fleet races.  The MRC Seeding Fleet Races follow the same long-short-short pattern.  The Fleet Racing Championship Race is 40-minutes long. 

The primary change from the Plymouth schedule and format is reducing the number of seeding races from six to three, over one day instead of two, though the structure of the Match Racing Championship brackets is essentially the same.

Click images or scroll down to learn more:
 
See Thursday, Friday and Saturday below for details of Match Race Brackets and Qualifying. 

Also available: ACWS San Diego Sailing Instructions (pdf, 893 kb)
Match Race Championship Format Match Race Qualifying Brackets
     

Basic Format Day-by-Day:

First Saturday and Sunday:

Port Cities Challenge:

Three fleet races will be sailed each day on the Opening Weekend.  The Port Cities Challenge features one 40-minute fleet race followed by two 18-minute fleet races.  Five of the nine teams competing will be designated to represent local cities. See Port Cities Challenge Results

Monday and Tuesday:
Rest Days, no Racing.
 


San Diego Match Racing Championship:

Fleet Racing and Speed Trial: Wednesday

Three Fleet Races:

Three Fleet Races are planned, the first race 40-minutes in length and the second and third races to be 18 minutes long.  The results of the Fleet Racing set up seeding for match racing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.   All Match Races are planned to be 18-minutes in length.

AC 500 Speed Trial: Two runs for each team.
 

Match Racing Brackets: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:

Thursday:
Qualifying Brackets

Five Qualifying Match Races (Seeds #4 through #9, based on Wednesday results) determine which team will advance to face the #1 Seed in the Semi-Final.  Each Qualifying Match is one race.
 


For Actual Teams: See Qualifying Pairings in San Diego Results
 

Friday:

Semi-Final Matches:

Semi-Final Match 1 (Seed #2 vs. Seed #3).  Semi-Final Match 2 pits the winner of the Qualifying Round against Seed #1.  The Semi-Finals are a best-of-three series.  All Match Races are planned to be 18-minutes in length.


Saturday:

Placing Matches, and Finals. 

The Placing Matches allow the losing teams from the Qualifying and Semi-Finals to sort out final placings. The Placing matches are single-race.

The winner of Semi-Final Match 2 faces the Winner of Semi-Final Match 1 from Friday in the best-of-three series Final to decide the San Diego Match Race Championship.   All Match Races are planned to be 18-minutes in length.
 


Sunday:

AC 500 Speed Trial:
Two runs for each team. Scheduled to begin at 1:05 pm PT.

San Diego Fleet Racing Championship:

One 40-minute fleet race will be held.  Points from finish position in this race are carried through for a Season Fleet Race Championship. Scheduled to begin at 1:55 pm PT.
 


Additional Links and Info:

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