Race 11 was another amazing battle between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA. Both boats were late to the start, but Dean Barker came out ahead and by Mark 1 had a 3-second lead. By the second mark ETNZ’s lead had only grown to 6-seconds. On the upwind leg, a good tactical call put Oracle ahead, but a tacking duel erupted and it was ETNZ who won it–although OTUSA took some pretty serious bites out of their lead (at one point the gap between the boats was only 30 meters).
Although Oracle managed to stay close, New Zealand prevailed by sailing a tactically great race. The delta between the two boats at the finish was only 14 seconds. New Zealand now stood at match point–one more race and the America’s Cup was heading to New Zealand.
Here is today’s trivia question:
Race 11: On Friday September 13th, 2013, what odds were Los Angeles bookies rumored to be laying against Oracle Team USA winning the Cup?