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(C)update: Race 1 - Saturday 19 February

Note:  The 'live notes' were composed and posted during race 1.  They are presented undedited, with the reminder that sometimes when you play live you blow a false note.

1830  The prospects of getting a race appear better today.  Auckland's breeze is from the SW @ 6 to 16 knots depending on where the reporting station is located.

1856 Boats on TV with sails up.  Looks like there will be a race.

1915 Start- Italy starts at the line's pin end and is first over.   NZL 60 to windward.  Right maybe favoured.

1918 Prada looks to be progressing and gaining a good lee bow spot on NZL 60.  60 tacks away confirming an edge to Prada's ITA 45.

1922 ITA 45 covers.  NZL 60 on right hand of pair needs right shift to gain.

1926 Long port tack to right NZL looking to have stopped the bleeding.

1930 NZL 60 comes over to port.  Prada lee bows and forces NZL right.  Perhaps this is good as NZL seemed to do well on the right.

1931 Another convergence, again Prada lee bows.  Under 1 boat length of seperation.  Wind 10-15 knots.

1932 Both boats back on port.  By sticking right NZL gained, at the most recent cross slightly ahead.

1934 NZL now a boat length up with 1 mile to the initial windward mark.

Tremendously close sailing.  With much of the leg spent on the same tack there is not much of a speed difference.  Crews stay low to keep center of gravity low and to reduce windage.  Even the ships laptop computer is viewed from the cockpit sole by the afterguard.

1938 Prada tries dummy tack.  NZL holds and maintains lead and beneficial right side.  Left side should be favoured down wind.

1940 NZL flops for mark, Italy will trail them in.

1943 NZL 60 rounds 1st mark ahead by 22 seconds.  Next they bear away set a asymetrical spinnaker.  Their lead is equivalant to 3 boatlenghts.   Prada executes a jib set.  This may mean they again want the left side of the course.

NZL 60 was behind, but tenaciously and sucessfully worked the right to gain a lead.

1948 Both teams fly white asymetrical spinnakers down the first run.

1955 On NZL 60 Murray Jones is up the righ wind seeking.  From the onboard audio you can hear Jones' comments come from a speaker.

2003 At the 2nd mark Team New Zealand leads by 36 seconds, a gain of 14 seconds on Leg 2.  Wind has lightened to under 10 knots.  Is Prada faster?

Summary: Leg 1: NZL + :22 (3 boat lengths) Leg 2: NZL + 36 (6 boat lengths)

How will NZL manage their lead?  Will they go to the right for the starboard tack advantage and then cover?

2006 Both boats sail to the right on port tack.

2010 No sign of agression from Prada.

2012 Prada goes left and New Zealand lets them.  Again NZL likes the right.

2031 NZL 60's lead at 2nd windward= 1:03

2034 NZL looks comfortable downwind in the lead.

NZL 60 is a longer boat with less sail area, while conversly Prada is shorter with more sail.  So far the extra waterline length looks to be good for NZL 60.

2042 Prada gains down wind.  Both boats smooth when gybing their 'a kites'.

2048 Prada closes gap and trails by 25 seconds at mark 4.   Imeadiatley after rounding they tack.  Trying to get to the right first?

2051 Both on starboard NZL leeward and ahead, with Prada to the right.

2055 Straight lining with NZL on the left of the pairing.

2100 Italy does not quite initiate a tacking duel. 

2103 Finally a tack, NZL 60 still solid.  Italy not following the philosophy of you can't win by following.

2107 Most of the last upwind leg is done.  NZL continues to hold a good lead.

2114 At the final windward mark it's NZL 60 by 1:16.  The defender is 3.25 miles from accomplishing 1/5th of their job.

2121 Prada does not appear to be threatening on this last leg.

 

2137 It's handshakes, high fives and job well done mate time on NZL 60.

2138 Margin at the finish was 1:16.