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Nov 20 2010

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Race Summaries - Day Six

A 10-12 knot northerly provided excellent conditions for today's on-time start off the Dubai International Marine Club as Artemis raced Emirates Team New Zealand in the final match of Round Robin One. As the breeze continued to build, the rest of today's races were Round Robin Two matches for double points.

Flight One, Race One

Artemis Racing def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:27 -The Swedish boat steered by Kiwi Cameron Appleton won handsomely, claiming second place overall for Round Robin One, half a point ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand, his opponents in this race. The New Zealand afterguard performed dismally in the pre-start, gifting the race to the Swedish team. The Kiwis were trailing Artemis on starboard 20 seconds before the gun when Dean Barker tacked onto port. He was late. Unable to lay the committee on port, he tacked onto starboard on the line three boat lengths behind Appleton, losing the right-hand advantage and any chance of redemption. From there, it was a procession.

Flight Two, Race One

BMW Oracle Racing def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:48 -Oracle’s James Spithill held Francesco Bruni away from the start line as the seconds ticked down. At the start gun the boats were still luffing head to wind well below the committee. The Russians made an attempt to hook Spithill and the umpires flagged a penalty. Spithill took another 43 seconds to gather momentum and cross the start line, with the Russians tucked away three boat lengths astern. Bruni never got close and finished still carrying the penalty.

Flight Three, Race One

Mascalzone Latino Audi def All4One, 00:24  -Gavin Brady skippering the Italian boat held Sebastien Col above the start line before circling the committee, making a perfect start and claiming the right side of the course. Col and the French/German boat were delayed getting back and conceded a boat length as racing started. Col drew level in fresher conditions at the top mark but Brady was again able to push him away from the mark to round first. Col kept it close on the run and was only one a half boat lengths behind as they gybed for the bottom mark. Then the French/German spinnaker pole went overboard in an untidy spinnaker drop that left sail plastered all over the foredeck.

Flight Four, Race One

Emirates Team New Zealand def Artemis Racing, 00:32 –After losing their first race today to Artemis Sailing, Emirates Team New Zealand lined up for their second start side by side with the Swedish team. Both boats were head to wind nine seconds before the start and they started together on starboard with Artemis to leeward. Dean Barker had claimed the right side of the course and he quickly split away. When they met again at the weather mark the Swedish boat had slightly overstood and Barker he used his starboard tack advantage to herd Cameron Appleton away from the mark. The delta was ten seconds.

Provisional Results after Day One of RR2:

1.  BMW ORACLE Racing, 10-1, 11 pts   
2.  Emirates Team New Zealand, 6-5, 6.5 pts *   
3.  Artemis Racing, 5-6, 5 pts 
=4.  All4One, 4-7, 4 pts   
=4.  Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 4-7, 4 pts *
=4.  Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 4-7, 4 pts

* A scoring penalty has been assessed by the umpires

In Round Robin One, each team sailed every other team twice, with each win worth one point. In Round Robin Two, each team will sail every other team once, with each win worth two points.

At the conclusion of Round Robin Two, the top four teams will advance to the semi finals. The bottom two teams are eliminated.

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