June 18, 2018: BERMUDA - On day two of the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, the wind freshened a bit to 12 knots. With wind out of the east Race Director Iain Murray set up an L-shaped course, a new course for both boats, but what the race director called a fast course. Both boats went clean at the start side-by-side, but ORACLE Team USA appeared to have greater speed on the reach and edged out a short lead into Mark 1.
At the first downwind gybe ORACLE Team USA came off foils and instantly handed the lead to Emirates, albeit only 100 meters. But the Kiwi's continued to demonstrate better downwind speed and increased their lead to 214 meters coming into Mark 3. At the mark, ORACLE Team USA didn't have the layline and had to tack a second time to make the mark. Coming out of Mark 3 the Kiwi's lead by 350 meters and 32 seconds.
"Emirates Team New Zealand flying down the racecourse" - photo credit © Richard Hodder | Emirates Team New Zealand
On the upwind leg to Mark 4, the upwind speed advantage that ORACLE enjoyed on Day-1 simply wasn't there. Both boats matched speed evenly with Emirates Team New Zealand rounding the Mark 4 with a 294-meter lead.
Downwind, Emirates continued to show blistering boat speed, at times more that 3 knots faster than ORACLE, and the lead stretched to almost 500 meters. After rounding Mark 5, Emirates Team New Zealand came dangerously close to fouling ORACLE who was barreling into the opposite mark at full speed. Peter Burling just avoided the penalty by altering course. Although Jimmy Spithill switched on the protest light, the umpires ruled there was no foul. At the mark Emirates had stretched the lead to 49 seconds and 635 meters.
The Kiwi's then kicked it into overdrive on the upwind leg and extended the lead to 867 meters at the finish. The Kiwi's sailed a flawless race on foils 100% of the race. ORACLE Team USA looked rusty and continued to make mistakes. The glaring discovery was they simply and couldn't match speed upwind or downwind.
The Match stands at New Zealand 2 / USA 0.
Randy White reporting live from the 35th America's Cup