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ETNZ started on port side, boats remaining bow to bow after first mark and OTUSA took a dip and veered but recovered. Racing to the boundary and 17 gybes, its bow to the stern of ETNZ and directly behind. Traveling 40 knots with 18 to 19 knots of wind. Heading downwind on second leg. OTUSA two boat lengths behind, OTUSA's Tom Slingsby calling out time. Heading to Gate Two, Kiwis and OTUSA split course. OTUSA just took lead by twenty meters on leg three upwind toward Golden Gate Bridge.
Kiwis take cross ahead of OTUSA and take lead. OTUSA has less current, ETNZ more current. Kiwis tack on left side, OTUSA stay right and close gap. Bows up but not foiling. Almost even on the water and foiling now. Crossing with OTUSA with right of way.
OTUSA foiling most of the time now at 27.2 knots, 162 meter lead.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill and OTUSA make history.
For more information: www.AmericasCup.com
Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
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