After two thrilling races against Artemis Racing in the first day of the America's Cup Challenger Playoffs, SoftBank Team Japan returns to the racecourse today looking for two wins to bring them closer to advancing to the Playoff Finals.
The forecast looks very windy with gusts potentially pushing the windspeed close if not over the limit allowable for racing. Conditions will surely put boat handling and safety at a premium.
Racing will be broadcast LIVE in Japan on Sports Navi Live beginnning at 2am JST.
For live race blog updates, dont' forget to follow us on Twitter at @SoftBankTeamJPN where we'll be posting throughout the days racing.
SOFTBANK TEAM JAPAN RACE SCHEDULE:
1408 - Playoff Race 3 vs. Artemis Racing
1506 - Playoff Race 4 vs. Artemis Racing
SAILING TEAM ROSTER:
Skipper/Helm - Dean Barker
Tactician - Chris Draper
Grinder - Luke Payne
Grinder - Yuki Kasatani
Grinder - Jeremy Lomas
Grinder - Derek Saward
*Reserve Sailors: Ben Lamb, Yugo Yoshida, Kazuhikio Sofuku, and Simeon Tienpont
Windspeed is predicted to be top end 21-23 knots at race time from 210 degrees. Wave height 0.3 - 0.6m. Air temp 25 deg C.