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America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2013: Breaking Down Louis Vuitton Final

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With New Zealand and Italy battling for the right to square off against defending champion Golden Gate Yacht Club from the Unites States, intensity has engulfed the sport of boat racing. For casual and hardcore fans alike, here’s all the need-to-know information as Italy and New Zealands matchup begins to heat up. Where: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, Calif. When: Saturday, August 17 to Friday, August 30 (if needed) Watch: NBC Sports Network Italys Keys to Victory The Italian team is one of the best in the world, but gear malfunctions kept the team from finishing two of the last three races in the event. After winning the second race in the best-of-13 series, the Italians have fallen to 1-2 and must keep their boat out of trouble. There is still plenty of time for Luna Rossa to mount a comeback in this series, but with the New Zealand squad racing well and the wind continuously delaying the action, it will be hard for the Italian team to gain any momentum. Italy must win Race 4 on Friday and build off that success one event at a time. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images New Zealands Keys to Victory New Zealand’s 72-foot catamaran earned its spot in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup with hard work, and after taking an early lead against Italy, the team must keep its nose to the grindstone. New Zealand was able to avoid disaster early in the event when two crew members were thrown overboard in the first race, per Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle , and the intense battle in San Francisco Bay only looks to be heating up.

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The hashtag Sharknado had a recorded 5,000 tweets per minute. To break it down, thats 80 tweets per second! Check out the vid to see what the big to do is about the SyFy flick and watch omg! Insider for more of the latest in entertainment news. More The Fall/Winter 2013 shoe collection from the French luxury brand has arrived. Louis Vuitton announced the news by posting a photograph of the American model Dree Hemingway on Facebook . Elegance and chic style are in the mix for this new collection, which draws inspiration from the brand’s iconic luggage and handbag lines.

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Likewise in race one, the Kiwi boat was looking extremely quick before the damage incurred to their fairing slowed their progress around the course. If Team NZ can overcome the mishaps of the past two days it is likely we may see a new speed record set for the regatta during the Louis Vuitton finals. 3. Oracle look fast, too The Cup defenders have also been out on the race course flexing their muscle this week, putting on a show with some in-house racing prior to the finals races getting underway. They too suffered a minor glitch yesterday, with their rudder on Boat 1, helmed by Ben Ainslie, snapping in yesterday’s pre-start. But it is Boat 2 we should really be concerned with and the noise coming off the spectator boats is USA-17 is a very slick package indeed. Though they are not obligated to, Oracle opted to disclose their performance data from this week’s practice races during the official defender access period to the race course, but intriguingly, only from the first of the two races.

Louis Vuitton Cup: Predictwind – Strong winds expected to marr racing

Predictwind – Wind graph for 1315hrs on Wednesday 21 August, 2013. – PredictWind.com Click Here to view large photo The next two images are showing the same style of information except for an hour later around the time of the second race for the day. Winds are creeping very close to the limit, and bearing in mind that these are only average windspeeds with no accounting for gusts, it is likely that the wind limit will be exceeded on the current wind information. Predictwind – Wind graph for 1415hrs on Wednesday 21 August, 2013. – PredictWind.com Click Here to view large photo The fifth chart shows the wind expectations for the following day, Thursday, which shows a reduction in the strength of the breeze, allowing officials some scope to catch-up if required. Predictwind – Weather predictions for Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August, 2013 – San Francisco – PredictWind.com Click Here to view large photo Two weather feeds are used by Predictwind, the key to the accuracy of the forecast lies with the graphs, as when the two lines for the two feeds are quite close together and following each other in the trend, then the likelihood of the forecast is high. If there is separation to any marked degree, then there still some issues to be resolved but usually 24 hours from the race they are well aligned.

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