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The scuttlebut on Team New Zealand’s scuttling of hope

Via the tipline

So here be what Oracle apparently did:

From a guy at Oracle who dined with a mate of mine last night having returned from San Fran told my mate what they did to Oracle’s boat:

– On third day of racing Oracle had jumbo at Auckland Airport, kit and machinery and ovens loaded on to San Fran with staff;

– Larry hired a Navy flow tank and they put the second boat in it and worked on foils and foil mechanicals;

– The result was two different foils – one for up wind foiling and one for down wind so they could only be fast in one direction on upwind and likewise on downwind;

– Mechanical device created that could use stored power/hydraulics to shift pitch of foil so that guys didn’t have to pump it themselves to make boat go up onto planning on foils but allowed it to be mechanically pitched faster;

– Fixed wing sail twist;

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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America’s Cup 34. The last race. [Open Post]

Morning everyone.

From 8am TVNZ is streaming it here.

Peter Montgomery will be calling it live on Radio Sport here.

America’s Cup Virtual Eye is here.


To be truthful, when I started this live blogging gig on these races, I didn’t expect it would become such a burden, both in the commitment to be at my desk every time, and in the end, the utter disappointment that we’re probably not going to take that cup home.

One thing is for sure:  If we get a race in today, one of the teams will have an Epic Win.

Let’s see how it unfolds.

We are on for a 8:15 start with  18-22 knot winds.

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TNZ have the port entry in this final race.

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America’s Cup – Races 17 and 18 [Open Post]

Morning everyone.

From 8am TVNZ is streaming it here.

Peter Montgomery will be calling it live on Radio Sport here.

America’s Cup Virtual Eye is here.


Before we get started today, one of our readers sent us this

Hey Cam,

I was reading blog just now on WO about AM Cup. Had a mate call me this morning asking about it as he arrived home early hours from Thailand where no coverage of racing on TV.

He asked why I thought we were losing now after a good run to start.

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America’s Cup – Race 16 and 17 [Open Post]

Morning everyone.

From 8am TVNZ is streaming it here.

Peter Montgomery will be calling it live on Radio Sport here.

America’s Cup Virtual Eye is here.


Personally, I’m finding this hard. I have no idea how the boys on the boat and the extended team and families are processing this.

In the unlikely event we lose this cup 9-8, this will be a worse defeat (to me) than The 2007 RWC Quarter Final loss to France in Cardiff.  Let’s hope today makes that fear unwarranted.

The start to the first race has been delayed to 8:45am.   I wonder if that leaves enough time for a 2nd race today if one is needed.  There just wasn’t enough wind to start the race and complete it in 40 minutes.

The conditions do appear to favour Team New Zealand.

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Let’s hope Poseidon is smiling on Team New Zealand today.

Oracle left TNZ for dead at the start as they accelerated away at 5 knows more boat speed to lead 5 seconds around the first mark.

Halfway down the leg, Oracle lead by 200m.

Oracle had a bad gybe as they approach the 2nd mark, allowing TNZ to close to 70m.

Team New Zealand trail by 13 seconds as they go on a split course up to the 3rd gate.

Oracle slowly extend their lead to 170m halfway to the third mark. It is hard to see this becoming a proper boat race from here, although anything is still possible.

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Oracle lead Team New Zealand by 19 seconds at Mark 3 as their lead fluctuated between 140 and 160m.


I experienced an Internet outage and wasn’t able to live blog the rest of the race.

Team New Zealand lose, and as I suspected, there is no time for a 2nd race today.

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Kiwis stop backing Team New Zealand at the TAB

The nation has hit a crisis of confidence it seems

”It’s been rare for us to see a bet on Team New Zealand this morning,” [yachting bookmaker Kieran] McAnulty said.

It is a dramatic change for TAB, which the Friday before last thought the America’s Cup was all over and closed off betting.

But than Oracle made a ”dramatic turnaround” and TAB reopened its books.

While the tide of betting was very much in Oracle’s favour today, things were a little more optimistic yesterday, when a $16,000 bet was placed for the Kiwis to win.

Even so.  One Kiwi punter thinks the money is good betting Team New Zealand is going to lose

Team New Zealand may still have the lead in the America’s Cup, but one punter has bet $10,000 the Kiwis will lose.

As more and more punters placed their money on a victory for United States team Oracle in the America’s Cup, the TAB today drastically reduced its odds of a New Zealand victory, [] McAnulty said.

Following Team New Zealand’s double-loss this morning, Oracle was paying $3 to win against $1.33 for the kiwi team.

Are we a country of chokers?

Are they a country of cheaters?

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Americas Cup – Race… the last one, dammit [OPEN POST]

Morning everyone.

From 8am TVNZ is streaming it here.

Peter Montgomery will be calling it live on Radio Sport here.

America’s Cup Virtual Eye is here.


The news wires are full of the possibility of a whole new threat to a race delay: The Whale.

Instead of a malicious smear on this blog (and let’s face it, we’re not quite that powerful, yet), it turns out a whale is cruising the San Francisco Bay, and if it strays into the race area, there will be another postponement.

I’ve just seen Oracle do a run up to 38 knots, so there seems to be enough wind for a race.

It’s currently foggy and there is a 14 knot wind for the race.

Do we dare say it? This wind strength has previously favoured TNZ.

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America’s Cup – Race 14 and 15 [Open Post]

Morning everyone.

From 8am TVNZ is streaming it here.

Peter Montgomery will be calling it live on Radio Sport here.

America’s Cup Virtual Eye is here.

Well, the weather has been in the way for some time, and the current earliest start time is 9:30am.  One source says that if they can’t start by 9:40, there will be no racing today.

Start delayed to 9:40 now.

Racing is cancelled for today.  See you tomorrow at 8am.

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America’s Cup – Race 13 and 14 [Open Post]

Morning everyone.

From 8am TVNZ is streaming it here.

Peter Montgomery will be calling it live on Radio Sport here.

America’s Cup Virtual Eye is here.

First up, this photo was sent  to us from one of the Portaloos at the AC village in LA yesterday.

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America’s Cup – Race 12 (and only race 12, we hope) [OPEN POST]

Morning everyone.

From 8am TVNZ is streaming it here.

Peter Montgomery will be calling it live on Radio Sport here.

America’s Cup Virtual Eye is here.

(Sorry for the late start – life got in the way)

I joined the race with Oracle ahead by 140m halfway towards the 3rd mark.

Oracle still lead by 140m as they approach the 3rd mark, the difference having fluctuated betweem 140 and 10 meters, but TNZ couldn’t find a way past.

Oracle lead TNZ at 10 seconds as they round the mark and both boats are off on a split tack.

Halfway down the beat, Oracle now lead by 500m.  Amazing difference compared to the other day.

Oracle lead TNZ by 28 seconds at the 4th mark as Oracle sprints to the finish to make the score

TNZ 8 – Oracle 2  (with a difference of 30 seconds)

It appears we will need Race 13.


Sailing is “doubtful” for Race 13 as the wind is too strong.

Oracle will get the favoured Port entry again next race, so we could see an 9-3 score line by the time we get to push the start advantage home.

Wind is still too strong. Looks like the race will be abandoned until tomorrow.

The wind has cooperated, and we’re 2 minutes before the start to race 13.

And no sooner did I write that, and the race has been postponed until 8:15 tomorrow.

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