AC WS1: final results in Cascais

The Cascais stage of America's Cup World Series went on Wednesday. There were some fleet races arranged to choose the best competitors who could enter the match race game. In this debut regatta of the AC45 class James Spithill (ORACLE) became the champion, followed by Dean Barker (Emirates Team New Zealand). The third place was achieved by Terry Hutchinson (Artemis Racin). Russell Coutts (ORACLE) concluded surprisingly just at the fifth place.

Perhaps it is worth remembering the sentence said by more of the helmsmen. " ... we learnt, developed a lot during the last race day ..." - this opinion returns even over middle of the regatta.

Day 3: here
Day 4: here
Day 5: here
Saturday, the Final here

(Table of results here)

Media communication on the event is excellent. The videos recorded and the digital race animations (Virtual Eye graphical animation) offer excitements for all of the fans. Thouse who wants to gain just an overview, can gain impressions about the races with playing them in accelerated mode. For thouse, who'd like to get more details, the Virtual Eye dashboard can be customized with a fair couple of switches and settings. You can choose from viewpoints of many video cameras allocated around the race course. The boats in the animation can be flagged with more indicators like direction and speed of movement, current ranking, etc. The insights gained is more than exciting: while the regatta is well-balanced in term of ships technology, racing skills, even more of wind conditions too, within a fairly small regatta area how large variations occur in a race.