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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Racing Day Ten - BMW ORACLE Racing leads the fleet

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Source: www.americascup.com

Sea breeze conditions returned to Valencia on Tuesday allowing two full flights of races to be completed at the Louis Vuitton Cup. There was plenty of action on the race course where the South African Team Shosholoza earned an impressive victory over Luna Rossa Challenge. The Italian Luna Rossa team began the day undefeated, but eventually lost both races on the day, dropping their second match of the afternoon to BMW ORACLE Racing.

America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Racing Day Ten - BMW ORACLE Racing leads the fleet

By the end of racing on Tuesday, it was the American boat that would be at the top of the table, undefeated in five matches.

The leaderboard is beginning to take shape at the Louis Vuitton Cup after five flights of racing. BMW ORACLE Racing is the only challenger to remain undefeated, posting five wins in five starts, including a tense match on Tuesday over Luna Rossa Challenge.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa fill out the top three, as expected, and further down, the leaderboard is extremely tight as teams vie to remain in the top four, where that all-important trip to the Semi Finals lies.

In fact, Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team, Victory Challenge and Team Shosholoza are all equal in fourth place on eight points, with Desafío Español lurking just one point back. The team to string some wins together is the one that will emerge from the pack.

America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Racing Day Ten - BMW ORACLE Racing leads the fleet

The confident South Africans face a stern test in Flight 6 against Emirates Team New Zealand while Victory Challenge meets +39 Challenge and Mascalzone faces the German squad. But Shosholoza has shown it can beat Luna Rossa and compete with BMW ORACLE Racing, so they shouldn’t be intimidated.

For the second consecutive day, good racing conditions blessed the waters off Port America’s Cup in Valencia and two full flights of racing were completed. Conditions were ideal for America’s Cup racing with winds up to 13 knots on the south race course and between six and 10 knots on the north race area.

BMW ORACLE Racing remains the only team to be undefeated at the Louis Vuitton Cup, today securing a win over Areva Challenge in Flight 7. The Americans are at the top of the table, one point ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand.

It was also a big day for the home team of Desafío Español who earned two wins to climb the leaderboard. The Spanish side made a nice passing move over Shosholoza in the last match of the day, diving inside the South African team around the windward mark to eke out a small advantage. The Spanish extended to win the race and move into fifth place overall.

America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Racing Day Ten - BMW ORACLE Racing leads the fleet

Flights 8 and 9 of Round Robin One are scheduled on Thursday when a frontal system is expected to bring cloudy skies, the possibility of rain and an Easterly 10 knot breeze.


Results


Flifht 1

Team

Points

Team

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

2

0

Emirates Team New Zealand

+39 Challenge

0

2

Areva Challenge

United Internet Team Germany

0

2

BMW Oracle Racing

Team Shosholoza

0

2

Victory Challenge

China Team

0

2

Luna Rossa Challenge


America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Racing Day Ten - BMW ORACLE Racing leads the fleet

Flight 2

Team

Points

Team

Desafío Español 2007

2

0

+39 Challenge

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

2

0

Areva Challenge

United Internet Team Germany 

0

2

Team Shosholoza

China Team

0

2

BMW Oracle Racing

Victory Challenge

0

2

Luna Rossa Challenge


Flight 3

Team

Points

Team

Luna Rossa Challenge

2

0

United Internet Team Germany

Victory Challenge

2

0

China Team

BMW Oracle Racing

2

0

Team Shosholoza

Areva Challenge

2

0

Desafío Español 2007

Emirates Team New Zealand

2

0

+39 Challenge


America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Racing Day Ten - BMW ORACLE Racing leads the fleet

Flight 4

Team

Points

Team

Areva Challenge

0

2

Emirates Team New Zealand

Desafío Español 2007

2

0

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

United Internet Team Germany

2

0

China Team

Team Shosholoza

2

0

Luna Rossa Challenge

Victory Challenge

0

2

BMW Oracle Racing


Flight 5

Team

Points

Team

+39 Challenge

0

2

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

Emirates Team New Zealand

2

0

Desafío Español 2007

Victory Challenge

2

0

United Internet Team Germany

Luna Rossa Challenge

0

2

BMW Oracle Racing

China Team

0

2

Team Shosholoza


America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Racing Day Ten - BMW ORACLE Racing leads the fleet

Flight6

Team

Points

Team

Areva Challenge

0

2

Luna Rossa Challenge

+39 Challenge

0

2

Victory Challenge

China Team

0

2

Desafío Español 2007

United Internet Team Germany

0

2

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

Team Shosholoza

0

2

Emirates Team New Zealand


Flight 7

Team

Points

Team

BMW Oracle Racing

2

0

Areva Challenge

Luna Rossa Challenge

2

0

+39 Challenge

United Internet Team Germany

0

2

Emirates Team New Zealand

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

2

0

China Team

Desafío Español 2007

2

0

Team Shosholoza


Temporarily Ranking

Ranking

Team

Races

Bonus points

Round Robin 1

Total points

1

BMW Oracle Racing

6

3

12

15

2

Emirates Team New Zealand

6

4

10

14

3

Luna Rossa Challenge

7

3

10

13

4

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

6

2

10

12

5

Desafio Espanol 2007

6

3

8

11

6

Victory Challenge

7

2

8

10

7

Team Shosholoza

7

2

6

8

8

Areva Challenge

6

1

4

5

9

United Internet Team Germany

7

1

2

3

10

+39 Challenge

6

2

0

2

11

China Team

7

1

0

1



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