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FORMAT SIMPLIFIED AHEAD OF AUGUST EVENT
POSTED ON 11 AUGUST 2012
The event format for the AC World Series San Francisco (August 21-26) has been tuned-up ahead of racing this month.
The updated format features a clear separation between the match racing and fleet racing disciplines and preserves the importance of the ‘Super Sunday’ fleet race.
“What we’ve done is keep the fleet racing and match racing championships completely separate,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. Previously fleet races were used to seed the teams for match racing. “Now, the seven fleet races will be scored together, with the final Super Sunday race heavily weighted in the final results. These fleet race scores will also carry forward throughout the season.
“In the match racing, the teams will be seeded into this event based on their match racing ranking from last season. The top five teams get a bye into the quarterfinals, while the new teams, and lower ranked crews, will race on Wednesday for the final three spots.”
Importantly, the format for the quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches is one-race elimination, putting a premium on performing under pressure.
The match racing qualifiers are on Wednesday, which has no fleet racing. The qualifiers are a ‘best-of-three’ format (first team to win two points advances).
Racing on Thursday through Sunday has a similar format, opening with match racing and concluding with fleet racing. Racing starts at 14:05 Wednesday through Saturday.
On Sunday, both the match racing and fleet racing champions will be determined. The day’s program will be broadcast live, coast to coast, on NBC, beginning at 11:30.