Friday's Louis Vuitton Cup 2013 Finals Race 6 was another victory for Team Emirates in a cloudy, warm San Francisco as a 1.8 knot tide and high winds made for a perfect race day. The enormous AC72 catamarans made a stunning spectacle as they raced at high speeds up to 40 knots downwind from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island and back in a loop course that ends on Pier 45 at the Embarcadero just past Pier 39.
Race 6 of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2013 Finals began at 1:10 p.m. as a solo race today (4:10 p.m. ET), and again, the kiwi team took a fast start and left the Italians well behind, as high-stakes racing unfolded before an international crowd on the sandy beach at Crissy Field. The final stretch of the race and finish line winds around Alcatraz to Pier 45, where fans watched the kiwi team cross the finish line at the AC Village, several minutes ahead of the Italians once again. The Oracle Racing team and their catamarans were on hand also to watch the action.
Despite high hopes for the Luna Rossa team, they were still struggling to match the world-class performance of Team Emirates, who made a tactical move early in the race that left Luna Rossa in its wake. Compounding matters, Luna Rossa is using the equivalent of last year's model, as Team Emirates is racing a newer version of the same catamaran. Whether it's better design, better navigation or better sailors, Team Emirates is far ahead in the overall race which could continue until August 30 if they do not reach 7 wins soon.
Viewers can either watch tomorrow's race 7 starting at about 1:10 p.m. on ESPN3 live in high definition, or onsite with a special live2media app that allows audio play of the race teams onboard their massive catamarans as the race of the decade takes place on U.S. waters for the first time in decades. Look for seating at Crissy Field, Marina Green, or the new AC Village at the Embarcadero.
Sailing fans can catch either the ESPN3 DVR replay, the international coverage on America's Cup YouTube channel, or the replay of Race 6 available on YouTube now. Plan ahead for the real thing by booking a stay at the Cavallo Point Lodge, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin County coastline at Fort Baker. Say hi to my friend Ryan, the head waiter, while you're there.
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