It is getting very tough for Team USA in the America’s Cup 2013. Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 5 of the 34th America’s Cup convincingly, and then Defender ORACLE TEAM USA used its one and only “postponement card” to try and put a halt to the Kiwi’s winning ways. Emirates Team New Zealand leads the series 4-0 after yesterday’s victory by 1 minute, 5 seconds. The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to win 9 points. For the Kiwis that means five additional race wins and for ORACLE TEAM USA it means 10, due to a penalty imposed by the International Jury.
The rules allow the teams one postponement card and it may be used only to postpone a day’s second race, regardless of the reason. ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill said it was a collective decision by the onboard crew to request Race 6 is postponed until Thursday. Racing resumes on Thursday with Races 6 and 7, scheduled for 1:15 pm PT and 2:15 pm PT.
For those of you who want to watch the action: In the U.S., the America’s Cup Finals will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Replays will be available on the America’s Cup YouTube channel. Internationally, the America’s Cup Final can be viewed in more than 170 territories on America’s Cup YouTube channel