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America's Cup: Round Robin One finished whit a surprising victory

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The remaining races of Round Robin One were sailed on Saturday at the Louis Vuitton Cup and BMW ORACLE Racing split its matches on the day to stay at the top of the table. The home team, Desafío Español, beat the American team in Flight 10, handing BMW ORACLE Racing its first loss of the round. But skipper Chris Dickson and his crew recovered to beat Emirates Team New Zealand, securing first place.

Luna Rossa Challenge won both its matches on the day, to finish clear in second place, with the Kiwi team dropping to third. Desafío Español rode its victory over BMW ORACLE Racing to a fourth place finish in Round Robin One.

Conditions were excellent for racing with a 10 knot Northeasterly breeze on the race area set up just outside Port America’s Cup. A large spectator fleet enjoyed the sunny Saturday weather along with some excellent Louis Vuitton Cup match racing. All of the matches featured fierce pre-starts followed by some classic match racing, as befits racing among the top six challengers.

America's Cup: Round Robin One finished whit a surprising victory

Flight 10

Of the three matches the biggest upset came when Desafío Español thrilled the weekend spectators by being the first team in Round Robin One to beat BMW ORACLE Racing. While Chris Dickson’s crew had their bow in front coming off the starting line, at the first cross the Spanish were ahead and slowly extended on the left side of the beat to round the weather mark with a 14 second advantage. From here Karol Jablonski at the helm of the Spanish team managed to extend on the run reaching the leeward gate 32 seconds ahead. Desafío Español continued to increase its lead over the next two legs to take a great win for the Spanish team.

One of the closest races was between the two top Italian teams: Luna Rossa and Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team. Jes Gram-Hansen, behind the wheel of Mascalzone Latino’s ITA 99, got the better of Luna Rossa’s James Spithill in the pre-start, winning the right and starting with an early lead. Up the beat after a lengthy tacking duel the Latin Rascals managed to hang on to their advantage, rounding 23 second ahead. Luna Rossa closed on the run, and finally on the second beat Luna Rossa prevailed by making gains on the left hand side of the course. Spithill’s team rounded the top mark 35 seconds ahead and extended on the final run to take the win by 49 seconds.

The pre-start between Emirates Team New Zealand and Victory Challenge was an unusual one with no dial up. Eventually, Victory Challenge luffed the New Zealand team as both boats were early to the line. Emirates Team New Zealand gave up a lot to start to the right, but this strategy paid off quickly and the Kiwis held a slim advantage up the beat, which they extended the rest of the way around.

America's Cup: Round Robin One finished whit a surprising victory

Flight 11

In one of the most aggressive starts seen in Round Robin One, both boats were early to the starting line, closer than normal to the pin. Chris Dickson at the helm of BMW ORACLE Racing managed to lock Emirates Team New Zealand the wrong side of the line, and then took them well beyond the pin at the time of the start gun. While the New Zealanders tacked around to start, BMW ORACLE gybed and stalled in the process, allowing Barker and his team to end up getting the upper hand off the start line.

BMW ORACLE made small gains up the beat and were first to the port layline. Here Emirates Team New Zealand tacked inside them and the two boats rounded simultaneously with BMW ORACLE on the outside – the closest rounding we have seen in this round robin. The New Zealanders mistake was to gybe to the left as BMW ORACLE stuck to the right and with big separation between the two boats, the Kiwis could do nothing as their rivals benefited greatly, reaching the leeward gate 27 seconds ahead. Despite a long tacking duel up the second beat, Emirates Team NZ were unable to get back into the match and Chris Dickson’s team finished ahead by 38 seconds, to take first place in Round Robin One, relegating Emirates Team New Zealand to third overall.

The most competitive race, came between Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team and Victory Challenge. The Swedes held a small lead up most of the first beat until the boats swapped sides, the Italian team gaining the right side, to round just three seconds ahead. While the run was close between the boats, with Victory briefly taking the lead, Mascalzone pulled ahead at the final stage to round 19 seconds in front. Mascalzone defended well up the second beat until allowing the Swedish team to take the right where they drew level and then pulled ahead as they headed for the port layline. Victory Challenge led around the weather mark with an 18 second advantage, pulling out an extra 10 seconds on the final run to secure its fifth victory of the first Round Robin.

The final match between Luna Rossa and Desafío Español could not have been more different. Instead of massive tacking duels up the beat, both boats opted for a long drag out to the left of the course before tacking back in, the Italian team slowly easing itself ahead to round the weather mark 19 seconds in front. From here the Spanish didn’t manage to re-engage and Luna Rossa crossed the line with a 37 second final delta.


Results

America's Cup: Round Robin One finished whit a surprising victory

Flight 10

Team

Points

Team

Luna Rossa Challenge

2

0

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

Emirates Team New Zealand

2

0

Victory Challenge

BMW Oracle Racing

0

2

Desafio Espanol 2007


Flight 11

Team

Points

Team

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

0

2

Victory Challenge

Luna Rossa Challenge

2

0

Desafio Espanol 2007

Emirates Team New Zealand

0

2

BMW Oracle Racing


America's Cup: Round Robin One finished whit a surprising victory

Ranking of America’s Cup Round Robin One

Ranking

Team

Races

Bonus points

Round Robin 1

Total points

1

BMW Oracle Racing

10

3

18

21

2

Luna Rossa Challenge

10

3

16

19

3

Emirates Team New Zealand

10

4

14

18

4

Desafio Espanol 2007

10

3

14

17

5

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

10

2

12

14

5

Victory Challenge

10

2

12

14

7

Team Shosholoza

10

2

10

12

8

Areva Challenge

10

1

8

9

9

+39 Challenge

10

2

4

6

10

United Internet Team Germany

10

1

2

3

11

China Team

10

1

0

1



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