Kurrewa V and Sovereign opened their first series of trial races off Newport, Rhode Island on Monday (10 August).
Committee Boat - start signal is hoisted.
Sovereign and Kurrewa maneuvering before start
British Ensign on stern of Committee Boat (the Freeward of the RTYC)-
Spectator fleet (cutaway)
Start - Kurrewa over line first (several shots)
Sovereign going to windward (first leg) - small craft nearby with British ensign is the NANNY, sovereign's tender
Several shots, both yacths going to windward - tacking duel on first leg. Both yacths tack, etc. Roll ends with MS Sovereign.
Various MS's of Sovereign going to windward
Same for Kurrewa
NANNY and spectator fleet (cutaway)
Various MS's Kurrewa
Sovereign passes first mark
Kurrewa comes around first mark.
Cutaways of spectator fleet
Kurrewa and Sovereign racing, (K nearer Camera)
K, trailing, sets spinnaker (still on second leg)
K with spinnaker
Kurrewa, closer to camera, sets jib under spinnaer
Kurrewa and Sovereign jibe around third mark,
K and S on third leg,
Several shots, K takes S's wind and goes ahead
K, ahead, rounds third mark
Both yachts on windward leg (forth leg), several shots
Kurrewa rounds mark at end of fourth leg just ahead of Sovereign.
Both running downwind on fifth leg, several shots, K jibes, S. pulls ahead, K spinnaker rips and is replaced (not sure this can be seen)
K changes her torn spinnaker.
They round the fifth mark at the end of leg five) and start the boat up to the finish line. S goes ahead.
Several shots with red fil??er, hopefully very pretty shots, as both yacths work upwind.
Sovereign crosses finish line
MCU Sovereign just after finish.
SOME CONSUSION HERE ABOUT JUST WHERE REEL BREAK COMES
SOME CONFUSION HERE ABOUT JUST WHERE REEL BREAK COMES, MAY BE EARLIER
KURREWA V HAS LIGHT GREEN HULL, SAIL NUMBER 3. SHE CARRIES A SPINNAKER WITH A LIGHT COLORED THREE BLADED DEVICE THAT LOOKS LIKE A PROPELLER ON IT, AND ONE THAT IS DARK GREEN ON TOP, WHITE BELOW. (NOT AT THE SAME TIME, OF COURSE)
SOVEREIGN HAS A DARK BLUE HULL (MUCH DARKER THAN KURREWA'S) AND CARRIES SAIL NUMBER 12. HER SPINNAKER IS LIGHT BLUE (IN EARLY ROLLS) AND RED (WILL PROBABLY LOOK JUST LIKE THE BLUE ONE) WITH DARK CORNERS IN THE LATER ROLLS.
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: Kurrewa V and Sovereign opened their first series of trial races off Newport, Rhode Island on Monday (10 August). Sovereign won the opener after a tight battle that see-sawed back and forth.
Briefly, Scott Perry put Kurrewa over the starting line a few lengths ahead of Sovereign. On the first, upwind leg however, she was unable to hold the lead. After a series of tacks, Sovereign broke out and took the lead, leading by several lengths at the end of the first leg.
Peter Scott, sailing Sovereign managed to hang on to his lead throughout the second leg. Both yachts set spinnakers, with Kurrewa drawing closers and closer. They jibed around the mark at the end of the second leg quite close together. Kurrewa managed to overhaul Sovereign on the third leg, finally passing her. Kurrewa rounded the buoy at the end of the third leg somewhat ahead, managing to hold her lead on the fourth leg, but on this leg, as both yachts drove to windward, Sovereign again showed herself faster on this point of sailing, and the two were only seconds apart as they rounded the mark at the end of the forth leg. The fifth leg was once again a spinnaker run -- about half way down it, Sovereign pulled ahead of Kurrewa as Kurrewa jibed over, losing ground in the process. Shortly afterwards, Kurrewa's spinnaker split, and she replaced it. At the end of the leg, the two yacths rounded the mark virtually side by side, Sovereign, however, going through to windward. This gave her a slight lead for the last leg, a windward beat up to the finish line. She was never headed thereafter, Kurrewa dropping farther and farther behind.
Generally speaking, Sovereign seemed faster going upwind (to windward) and Kurrewa seemed faster to leeward. But Kurrewa's greater speed downwind wasn't enough.
The two will continue to race throughout the week, ending the first series of trials on the 17th. Later in August, they begin a final series of races. The Royal Thomas Yacht Club, early in September, will pick either Kurrewa or Sovereign to challenge for the America's Cup. The Cup races themselves will be held off Newport beginning 15 September.
A mosest sized spectator fleet was on hand to see the race. The breeze was moderate (10 knots) from the southwest.