Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsized in Race 8 of the America’s Cup on Saturday 14 September. A tacking duel between ETNZ and Oracle Team USA produced the most dramatic moment of the America’s Cup. ETNZ, on port tack, tried to tack in front of OTUSA but did not have enough hydraulic pressure to change the camber in their wing from port to starboard. OTUSA, with right of way, needed to make a quick maneuver to avoid the Kiwi boat, resulting in a penalty on the Kiwis. OTUSA took over the lead and extended to take the win by 52 seconds – over 1,000 meters.
The LiveLine data showed they came to 44.8° of heel. When asked in the press conference how much they had heeled over, skipper Dean Barker said he did not know, but that it was within half a degree of the point of no return.
Watch the video of near capsize in America’s Cup Race 8