Match Race Format:
Matches for this regatta are one race per match.
The format for the match racing has been adjusted since
August. The early Qualifying Round now gives the
low seeds a second chance, known as a repechage
round. Additionally, changing each match to a single
race instead of best-of-three allows greater certainty
of schedule for the organizers and teams. The
Final Match Race has been moved to Saturday instead of
Sunday just for the October ACWS to accommodate the
logistics of sharing the water with the safety zone
required for the airshow portion of Fleet Week.
The basic structure of a Qualifying Round followed by
straight QF, SF, and Final bracket is consistent over
the last few ACWS events. Most of the the recent
changes to the format have involved the qualifying
process. For this event, all matches will be a
single race, but the qualifying round is not
CupExperience: "Three teams are seeded into the
quarterfinals: Coutts, Spithill (both Oracle boats) and
Hutchinson (Artemis White). The other eight teams fight
for the remaining five quarterfinal slots in qualifying
races on Wednesday. Two quarterfinals on Thursday, two
on Friday. Both semi-finals and finals on
Saturday. All quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are
one race, single elimination. Note that on
Saturday, the semifinals are before the two fleet races
and the finals are after the fleet racing."
Newport last June used an initial fleet race to seed
the bracket, and Venice used two seeding fleet races.
The August ACWS in San Francisco dropped that and
seeded the teams according to Match Race Standings as
does this event.
The schedule, start times, durations, course locations, race
sequence, and other details are subject to change at
any time without notice at the discretion of Race