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Nov 19 2010

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Race Summaries - Day Five

Racing started on time in Dubai in perfect conditions, with a clear blue sky, temperature at 30 deg. C and a northeast breeze at 6-8 knots.

Flight One, Race One

Synergy Russian Sailing def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:14?? - Synergy’s light nudge into the safety wands extending from the stern of the Kiwi boat was all it took to give an initial advantage to Emirates Team New Zealand in the pre-start. Kiwi skipper Dean Barker went for a start at speed at the committee boat end, only to be called back for breaking the line a split second too soon. Francesco Bruni sailed away carrying a penalty and led around the course before he expunged his black mark with a penalty turn on the finish line.

Flight One, Race Two

BMW Oracle Racing def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:41?? - James Spithill exploited a starboard entry to lead off to the left at the start with a half boat length lead over the Italian boat. Gavin Brady split away and took Mascalzone Latino off to the right but there was no magic there and Spithill was never really threatened.

Flight Two, Race One

Emirates Team New Zealand def Synergy Russian Sailing, 00:33?? - After a long dialup, Barker chased the Russian team off to the pin end of the start line, hooking his bow below their port quarter to control and push Francesco Bruni over the line early. The Kiwi skipper tacked and started at speed as Bruni returned to start properly before trailing 100 metres in the wake of the New Zealanders. After that, Synergy never got close.

Flight Two, Race Two

BMW Oracle Racing def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:45 -Gavin Brady wanted the left and sailed off to an early lead as Spithill and the American team split away on the right to eventually round the top mark half a boat length in front. More lead changes followed in the shifty, spotty breeze but BMWOR led at every mark, extending on the final run to win by 200 metres.

Flight Three, Race One

Artemis Racing def All4One, 00:05?? - Cameron Appleton split away at the start of the closest race of the day. He took Artemis out to the right side of the course but  the French/German boat made early gains before it fell into his wake. Sebastien Col, steering All4One, kept the pressure on and this was anything but a procession. At the leeward mark the boats were overlapped but Col couldn’t break through.

Flight Four, Race One

All4One def Artemis Racing, 00:37?? - The first half of this race was very tight. The boats split at the start, with Artemis again going right. When they closed for the first cross, All4One on port tack feinted and drew level to claim a safe weather berth as Artemis tacked below them. The French/German team proceeded to sail the Swedish team out beyond the starboard layline and led by eight seconds around the top mark.  Cameron Appleton pulled back alongside approaching the midline gate but again Col held him out, sailing past the mark before leading back. Col’s margin was still only ten seconds at the leeward gate but after that, French/German team pulled away on the beat.

Provisional Results:

1.  BMW ORACLE Racing, 9-1, 9 pts    
2.  Emirates Team New Zealand, 5-4, 4.5 pts * 
=3.  Artemis Racing, 4-5, 4 pts 
=3.  Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 4-6, 4 pts  
=3.  All4One, 4-6, 4 pts    
6.  Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 3-7, 2 pts *

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

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