2013 Louis Vuitton Cup

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8th Louis Vuitton Cup
Date July 4 – September 1, 2013
Winner Emirates Team New Zealand
Location San Francisco
Coordinates
Official Website http://www.americascup.com

The 8th Louis Vuitton Cup was held during July and August 2013, in San Francisco, California, United States of America.[1] The three contenders were Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), and Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy). After a preliminary round robin to determine seeding, Artemis Racing was eliminated in the semi-final round by Luna Rossa Challenge by four races to none. In the final, Emirates Team New Zealand beat Luna Rosa Challenge by seven races to one, and went on to challenge Oracle Team USA for the 2013 America's Cup.[2]

The teams[edit]

Twelve yacht clubs applied to challenge the America's Cup before the deadline, though their names were not originally disclosed. They included:

On August 2, 2012, the America's Cup Event Authority announced that, following withdrawals or failure to meet the eligibility criteria, only four challenging teams would compete: Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet's Artemis Racing, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Team New Zealand, Circolo della Vela Sicilia's Luna Rossa Challenge and Sail Korea Yacht Club's Team Korea[5][6]

In March, 2013, Team Korea withdrew, leaving three challengers. Shown in the order in which they applied, they are:[7]

Club Team Skipper Reference
Sweden Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet Artemis Racing United Kingdom Iain Percy [8]
New Zealand Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Emirates Team New Zealand New Zealand Dean Barker [9]
Italy Circolo della Vela Sicilia Luna Rossa Challenge Italy Massimiliano Sirena [10]

Artemis Racing (SWE)[edit]

The Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club and is led by Iain Percy (as skipper) and the America's Cup veteran Paul Cayard (as tactician).

Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)[edit]

Led by Grant Dalton and skippered by Dean Barker, Team New Zealand won the America's Cup in 1995 and 2000 and the Louis Vuitton Cup in 1995 and 2007.

Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA)[edit]

The Italian team previously won the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2000 and were runners-up in 2007.

Round Robins[edit]

The three yachts were scheduled to race ten times each, match-racing each competitor five times on a seven-leg course, with the winner of the Round Robins advancing to the final and the other two advancing into the semi-final.

On May 9, 2013, Team Artemis Racing's main boat capsized in strong winds, resulting in the death of crewmember Andrew Simpson.[11] Artemis Racing forfeited its ten Round Robin races, entering the competition in the semi-finals stage.

Per rules 60.5 and 44.1c, the Artemis boat was deemed to have abandoned each race after the event had run for 10 minutes.[12] While the Emirates and Luna Rossa boats earned black flag victories against Artemis, both boats chose to run a five-leg course for some (Luna Rossa) or all (Emirates, including one seven-leg) of these black flag races. Note also that Emirates and Luna Rossa only raced nine times, each forfeiting their final race against the missing Artemis as it could not change the final first-second standings of the Round Robins.

Emirates Team New Zealand won the Round Robins with nine points (4 race wins, 5 forfeit wins) to Luna Rossa Challenge's four points (4 forfeit wins) and Artemis Racing's zero points.

Round Robin Date New Zealand Emirates Team New Zealand Italy Luna Rossa Challenge Sweden Artemis Racing delta
1 July 7, 2013 46'26" 1 forfeit 0 0
July 9, 2013 45'28" 2 0 forfeit 0
July 11, 2013 2 28'58" (5-leg course) 1 forfeit 0
2 July 13, 2013 43'52" 3 DNF (49'15") 1 0 5'23"
July 14, 2013 25'56" (5-leg course) 4 1 forfeit 0
July 16, 2013 4 43'06" (5-leg course) 2 forfeit 0
3 July 18, 2013 23'01" (5-leg course) 5 2 forfeit 0
July 20, 2013 5 won (10' black flag) 3 forfeit 0
July 21, 2013 48'10" 6 50'29" 3 0 2'19"
4 July 23, 2013 46'53" 7 DNF (54'07") 3 0 7'14"
July 25, 2013 7 won (10' black flag) 4 forfeit 0
July 27, 2013 30'59" (5-leg course) 8 4 forfeit 0
5 July 28, 2013 45'05" 9 48'26" 4 0 3'21"
July 30, 2013 forfeit 9 4 forfeit 0
August 1, 2013 9 forfeit 4 forfeit 0

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals were a best-of-seven event held over the seven-leg course and won 4-nil by Luna Rossa Challenge over Artemis Racing.

Date Italy Luna Rossa Challenge Sweden Artemis Racing Delta Score
August 6, 2013 43'20" 45'20" 2'00" 1-0
August 7, 2013 54'26" 56'32" 2'06" 2-0
August 9, 2013 47'36" 48'54" 1'18" 3-0
August 10, 2013 47'11" 49'23" 2'11" 4-0

Finals[edit]

The finals were a best-of-thirteen event held over the five-leg course won by Team New Zealand over Luna Rossa.

Date New Zealand Emirates Team New Zealand Italy Luna Rossa Challenge Delta Score
August 17, 2013 31'03" DNF 1-0
August 18, 2013 DSQ 25'34" 1-1
August 19, 2013 22'28" DNF 2-1
August 21, 2013 25'39" 27'57" 2'18" 3-1
August 21, 2013 24'26" 25'53" 1'27" 4-1
August 23, 2013 28'03" 30'00" 1'57" 5-1
August 24, 2013 23'38" 25'36" 1'58" 6-1
August 25, 2013 33'49" 37'09" 3'20" 7-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.americascup.com/en/Discover/Race-Format/Louis-Vuitton-Cup/
  2. ^ Format defined for Louis Vuitton Cup americascup.com, July 2, 2011
  3. ^ "Energy Decides Not to Challenge This Time, Looks Toward 35th Defense". August 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Venezia Challenge excused from America's Cup". July 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ [1] Field of America's Cup challengers finalized for San Francisco races
  6. ^ [2] 2013 America's Cup program includes 55 days of racing/Four challengers entered in Louis Vuitton Cup Defender Trials to determine defense team.
  7. ^ "Challengers for the 2013 America's Cup in Order of Entry". CupInfo.com. May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Artemis Racing". 
  9. ^ "Emirates Team New Zealand". 
  10. ^ "Luna Rossa Challenge". 
  11. ^ "Andrew Simpson, GB Olympian, dies as America's Cup boat capsizes". BBC News. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Carlo Borlenghi and Luna Rossa (21 July 2013). "America's Cup - Luna Rossa scores a Black Flag win in Round Robin 3". TetraMedia Pty. Ltd. Retrieved 19 August 2013.