America's Cup - BMW Oracle beats Luna Rosa and maintains the firs position

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BMW ORACLE Racing won the battle of the top teams over Luna Rossa Challenge in Flight 5, but the Italians recovered to win in Flight 6, climbing back to equal first place on points with the American team, who had a Flight 6 bye.

Just one point adrift is Emirates Team New Zealand. Two wins by the Kiwis Friday sees them as the only unbeaten team in Round Robin Two. At the other end of the spectrum, +39 Challenge remains winless in Round Robin Two, the only team yet to take a race.

America's Cup - BMW Oracle beats Luna Rosa and maintains the firs position

Racing took place in classic Valencia sea breeze conditions with 10 to 12 knot winds from the Southeast powering the Cup boats up and down the race course. The forecast for Saturday calls for slightly lighter sea breeze conditions.

Flight 5

BMW ORACLE Racing and Luna Rossa came into what was called the match of the day equal on points at the top of the leaderboard. Luna Rossa took an early lead up the first beat, although USA 98 was never far behind.

Down the run the Americans found better breeze on the right to draw almost level with the Italians at the leeward gate. James Spithill opted for the left mark, Chris Dickson the right, and USA 98 hooked into some better breeze on its side of the course. For the third race in a row, the American boat came from behind and, once ahead, never relinquished the lead, taking the win by 19 seconds.

Desafío Español 2007 gave Emirates Team New Zealand plenty to think about up the first beat, as the boats traded numerous tacks. However Dean Barker was first to the layline and he controlled the Spanish for the remainder of the match, easing away to a 43 second win.

America's Cup - BMW Oracle beats Luna Rosa and maintains the firs position

The other three matches were largely decided at the start. Victory Challenge nearly squeezed United Internet Team Germany out at the Race Committee boat and, although Jesper Bank found a gap, he was forced to tack away for clear air. When the boats came back together, Magnus Holmberg was comfortably ahead.

Jes Gram-Hansen steered Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia aggressively in the pre-start, pushing +39 Challenge over the line by just a fraction of a second. Iain Percy bore away to restart, but in the process the Umpires judged +39 to have infringed Mascalzone Latino. By the time +39 helmsman Percy restarted, with a penalty against him, there was no chance of taking the fight to Mascalzone, who posted an easy win.

China Team led Shosholoza into the start of their match, but inexplicably Pierre Mas kept steering for the line even when it was clear they would break the line early. They crossed three seconds early, and by the time they restarted, the South Africans were long gone up the race track, taking the win by 2 minutes 1 second.

Flight 6

Shosholoza and Emirates Team New Zealand had a bit of a tussle in the pre-start, but at the start gun they both came off the line at speed, the South Africans slightly faster. The teams exchanged a number of tacks up the first beat, with the Kiwis gaining the slightest of advantages as the leg progressed. At the first mark Dean Barker’s crew led by just 10 seconds as Mark Sadler and his crew kept up the pressure. It was a tight match all the way round, but the Kiwis held their nerve to win by 29 seconds.

America's Cup - BMW Oracle beats Luna Rosa and maintains the firs position

Victory Challenge was nearly shut out at start, as Iain Percy looked to squeeze the +39 Challenge boat up to the Swedes and send them the wrong side of the Race Committee boat. That didn’t quite happen but Magnus Holmberg sought refuge in an early tack, and found salvation with good breeze on the right. Superior speed carried the Swedes to an untroubled victory.

United Internet Team Germany kept the match with Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia tight, but the Italians never really looked threatened. There were easy wins too for Luna Rossa over Areva Challenge, and more than a kilometre’s lead for Desafío Español against China Team.


Results

America's Cup - BMW Oracle beats Luna Rosa and maintains the firs position

Flight 5

Team

Points

Team

United Internet Team Germany

0

2

Victory Challenge

BMW Oracle Racing

2

0

Luna Rossa Challenge

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

2

0

+39 Challenge

Team Shosholoza

2

0

China Team

Desafio Espanol 2007

0

2

Emirates Team New Zealand


Flight 6

Team

Points

Team

Luna Rossa Challenge

2

0

Areva Challenge

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

2

0

United Internet Team Germany

Victory Challenge

2

0

+39 Challenge

Desafio Espanol 2007

2

0

China Team

Emirates Team New Zealand

2

0

Team Shosholoza


America's Cup - BMW Oracle beats Luna Rosa and maintains the firs position

Temporarily ranking of America’s Cup

 

Team

Races

Won

Bonus points

Round Robin 1

Round Robin 2

Total points

1

BMW Oracle Racing

15

13

3

18

8

29

1

Luna Rossa Challenge

16

13

3

16

10

29

3

Emirates Team New Zealand

15

12

4

14

10

28

4

Desafio Espanol 2007

14

10

3

14

6

23

5

Victory Challenge

16

10

2

12

8

22

6

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team

14

8

2

12

4

18

7

Team Shosholoza

16

7

2

10

4

16

8

Areva Challenge

15

6

1

8

4

13

9

+39 Challenge

15

2

2

4

0

6

10

United Internet Team Germany

14

2

1

2

2

5

11

China Team

16

1

1

0

2

3


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