Welcome to live updates of day 17 of the 34th America's Cup. I'm Cameron McMillan and I'll bring you all the latest from San Francisco. As it stands Team NZ lead 8-5 and need just one more win to claim the Auld Mug. But Oracle Team USA have won four straight and six of the last eight races....
The scheduled start of 8.10am for race 16 is in doubt due to light winds. They may only get one race in today.
Dana Johannsen reports:
The breeze forecast around the start time for race one is just 8-10 knots, building to about 14 in time for the start of the second. Regatta director Iain Murray said he won't start a race in anything under 10 knots, meaning there could be delays while the teams wait for the breeze to fill in. Just how long that delay is will determine whether they can get one or two races in today.
"It's a tricky day out there today, so we'll just go out there and set up and see where it takes us," said Murray.
"We are expecting the breeze to come - it's just when that happens."
Murray said while the official wind range for the event is 5-23 knots, the race committee will wait to the breeze to fill in to at least 10 knots before attempting to get a race away after the teams failed to complete the course within the prescribed 40-minute time limit on Saturday. That saw the race abandoned just as Team NZ were about to round the bottom mark for the final time with a 1.5km lead - much to the outrage of Kiwi fans, who thought they were about to witness a famous victory.
Not sure on that one Dave, will try and find out. Oracle have though.
"The forecast light winds have led to ORACLE TEAM USA reattaching its bowsprit for today’s racing. Murray said that ORACLE TEAM USA has been issued a new certificate for every race, 15 certificates in total, and Emirates Team New Zealand has had eight or 10 new certificates."
Here are the crew lists. Again no Dalton for Team NZ:
ORACLE TEAM USA Crew List
Skipper: Jimmy Spithill (9), Tactician: Ben Ainslie (12), Strategist: Tom Slingsby (10), Wing trimmer: Kyle Langford (8), Jib trimmer: Joe Newton (5), Off-side trimmer: Rome Kirby (4), Grinders: Shannon Falcone (1), Joe Spooner (2), Jono MacBeth (3), Gillo Nobili (6), Simeon Tienpont (7)
Emirates Team New Zealand Crew List
Skipper/helmsman: Dean Barker (14), Tactician: Ray Davies (10), Wing Trimmer: Glenn Ashby (3), Trimmer: James Dagg (9), Bow: Adam Beashel (2), Pit: Jeremy Lomas (8), Pedestal 1: Chris Ward (7), Pedestal 2: Rob Waddell (11), Pedestal 3: Winston MacFarlane (4), Pedestal 4: Chris McAsey (5), Float/Grinder: Derek Saward (12)
So as you can see there the wind is at 9.2kts with 30 minutes to go. Needs to get over 10kts at least.
It was at around 9 kts on Saturday when both teams couldn't complete the course under 40 minutes. Regatta director Iain Murray said today now they have the data modelling that teams cannot complete the course in time in anything under 10 knots, it would be silly to go ahead and start races if the breeze is not strong enough.
Of course a line from the next track The Tourist: "Hey man slow down, slow down," could be just as apt but I’m sticking with luck as an omen. Team NZ need to catch a break.
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There you go. Racing postponed as expected. Sounds likely that they'll get just one race in today.
Start pushed back even further to 8.45am now.
Dana reports that it is only 5 kts at the bottom of the course.