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Nov 28 2010

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Finals Summary
No delay today as racing started in a shifty and light north westerly breeze. The winner of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai will be the first boat to win two races.
Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def BMW Oracle Racing, 00:17 – New Zealand’s Dean Barker landed the opening punch in his race with James Spithill.  Just over two minutes before the start, with both boats almost stalled in a dialup, Barker turned sharply away. The Kiwi boat’s stern struck the side of the BMWOR boat. Spithill was penalized for failing to keep clear. The American boat went up the right side of the course, shutting out New Zealand attacks until the weather mark where Barker turned inside and drew almost level. The Kiwis kept the pressure on all the way down the run but made a slow mark rounding with their spinnaker momentarily in the water. On the beat, New Zealand went out to the port layline while the Americans worked the shifts up the middle of the course. With a 150 metre lead, Spithill unwound his penalty but left the door open for Barker to again get inside at the top mark and claim the right side of the course on the run to the finish. The Americans had it in the bag until the Kiwis gybed into a shift and more pressure in the closing minutes to overtake and win.
Race Two, Emirates Team New Zealand def BMW Oracle Racing, 01:37 – The Kiwis claimed the pin end of the start and had a small lead up most of the course but Oracle enjoyed the benefit of the right side and overtook to lead by 11 seconds at the top mark. However, they lost ground when their spinnaker was stuck in the hatch for vital seconds during the hoist. Barker was able to get right on the run and stalked the Americans, helped further when they had to shed a ripped spinnaker in a gybe peel.  With better pressure on the right, Barker kept closing on the run and crossed clear ahead on port tack just before the leeward mark.  New Zealand covered their opponent and worked the shifts for the next two legs to finish 350 meters in front. The second victory confirmed Emirates Team New Zealand as winner of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.

Finals Summary

No delay today as racing started in a shifty and light north westerly breeze. The winner of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai will be the first boat to win two races.

Race One

Emirates Team New Zealand def BMW Oracle Racing, 00:17 – New Zealand’s Dean Barker landed the opening punch in his race with James Spithill.  Just over two minutes before the start, with both boats almost stalled in a dialup, Barker turned sharply away. The Kiwi boat’s stern struck the side of the BMWOR boat. Spithill was penalized for failing to keep clear. The American boat went up the right side of the course, shutting out New Zealand attacks until the weather mark where Barker turned inside and drew almost level. The Kiwis kept the pressure on all the way down the run but made a slow mark rounding with their spinnaker momentarily in the water. On the beat, New Zealand went out to the port layline while the Americans worked the shifts up the middle of the course. With a 150 metre lead, Spithill unwound his penalty but left the door open for Barker to again get inside at the top mark and claim the right side of the course on the run to the finish. The Americans had it in the bag until the Kiwis gybed into a shift and more pressure in the closing minutes to overtake and win.

Race Two

Emirates Team New Zealand def BMW Oracle Racing, 01:37 – The Kiwis claimed the pin end of the start and had a small lead up most of the course but Oracle enjoyed the benefit of the right side and overtook to lead by 11 seconds at the top mark. However, they lost ground when their spinnaker was stuck in the hatch for vital seconds during the hoist. Barker was able to get right on the run and stalked the Americans, helped further when they had to shed a ripped spinnaker in a gybe peel.  With better pressure on the right, Barker kept closing on the run and crossed clear ahead on port tack just before the leeward mark.  New Zealand covered their opponent and worked the shifts for the next two legs to finish 350 meters in front. The second victory confirmed Emirates Team New Zealand as winner of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.

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