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Disqualification brings James Spithill’s Oracle Racing to 4th place: 2011 America’s Cup World Series

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Disqualification brings James Spithill’s Oracle Racing to 4th place: 2011 America’s Cup World Series
Oracle Racing had a marvelous first day under the leadership of the youngest skipper in the sport, James Spithill, as they grabbed two first positions on the first day of 2011 America’s Cup World
Series on Cascais waters. Unfortunately, they finished fourth overall with 20 points as they were disqualified in the first race due to a problem in the communication system.
Spithill and crew would have been on top of the standings, had they not been disqualified in the first race. However, they still managed to grab two first-place finishes in the second and third race
of the day despite the extremely unpredictable weather conditions prevailing at the racing area, as the wind gusted around three knots on Cascais waters.
Speaking to the local media, Spithill said, “We had a problem with the system. We were outside of the boundary with two minutes to go but our screens were blank. The screens came back on after we
went around the first mark and obviously it said ‘You’re disqualified.’ I was like, really? Anyway, that’s just sorting out a few bugs in the system and us getting used to the boundaries.”
The overall points table at the end of Day One of Cascais races is given below:
1. Emirates Team New Zealand, (R 1 - Place = 3, Points = 8), (R 2 - Place = 2, Points = 9), (R 3 - Place= 2, Points = 9) - Total Points = 26
2. Artemis, (R 1 - Place = 1, Points = 10), (R 2 - Place = 4, Points = 7), (R 3 - Place= 3, Points = 8) - Total Points = 25
3. ORACLE Racing Coutts, (R 1 - Place = 4, Points = 7), (R 2 - Place = 3, Points = 8), (R 3 - Place= 5, Points = 6) - Total Points = 21
4. ORACLE Racing Spithill, (R 1 - Place = DSQ, Points = 0), (R 2 - Place = 1, Points = 10), (R 3 - Place= 1, Points = 10) - Total Points = 20
5. Team Korea, (R 1 - Place = 5, Points = 6), (R 2 - Place = 7, Points = 4), (R 3 - Place= 4, Points = 7) - Total Points = 17
6. China Team, (R 1 - Place = 6, Points = 5), (R 2 - Place = 6, Points = 5), (R 3 - Place= 6, Points = 5) - Total Points = 15
7. Energy Team, (R 1 - Place = 2, Points = 9), (R 2 - Place = 8, Points = 3), (R 3 - Place= 8, Points = 3) - Total Points = 15
8. Aleph, (R 1 - Place = 7, Points = 4), (R 2 - Place = 5, Points = 6), (R 3 - Place= 9, Points = 3) - Total Points = 13
9. Green Comm Racing, (R 1 - Place = 8, Points = 3), (R 2 - Place = 9, Points = 3), (R 3 - Place= 7, Points = 4) - Total Points = 10

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