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Nov 14 2010

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Race Summaries - Day One

The heat was on the first day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy 2010 with 4 of the teams confirmed for the next America´s Cup (BMW Oracle, Mascalzone Latino, Artemis, Synergy) competing in the event, the fifth and sixth team are Emirates Team New Zealand and All4One, lead by double America´s Cup winner, German Jochen Schümann.

The races in detail

Clear, hot, sunny skies in Dubai as racing gets under way after a short delay. Sea breeze at 6-8 knots but expected to build during the afternoon. Boats are racing twice around a windward-leeward course with a mid course start finish line that also serves as a gate for all legs.

Flight One, Race One
Mascalzone Latino Audi def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:27 – Both boats came to the line as the seconds ticked away with ETNZ splitting away on port tack and Mascalzone bearing off on starboard with an early lead. Gavin Brady, skippering the Italian boat seized the early advantage and controlled the race, leading at every mark and fending off the New Zealanders as they threatened to overtake at the leeward mark.

Flight One, Race Two
Artemis Racing def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:30 – It was all over before the start gun as Cameron Appleton on Artemis threatened to push Synergy above the committee boat as they approached on starboard tack. Francesco Bruni elected to squeeze into the narrowing gap between his opponent and the committee to cross first. Seconds later the umpires signaled a red flag penalty requiring an immediate penalty turn. The Swedish boat led comfortably and finished 122 metres ahead.

Flight Two, Race One

Emirates Team New Zealand def Mascalzone Latino Audi, ret – Dean Barker seized the leeward berth at the start, forcing Brady away, and was still controlling as the boats approached the weather mark. Barker kept the pressure on, carrying his opponent out far above the wrong side of the mark before leading back. Brady went on the attack with Barker fending him off as they returned and rounded. As the protracted confrontation continued, the Italian boat was close to head to wind and carrying a penalty as Barker attempted to duck behind him. The Kiwi spinnaker pole speared through the side of the Italian boat and the umpires landed a second penalty on Brady. Minutes later Mascalzone Latino was asked to withdraw to avoid further damage. Barker sailed on to take the point.

Flight Two Race Two
Synergy Russian Sailing Team def Artemis Racing, 00:31 – Both boats wanted the right at the start but it was Artemis who controlled and split off on port to claim the right hand advantage. Half-way up the first leg, the Russian boat clawed back to take a narrow 11 second lead at the top mark before extending and protecting their lead for the rest of the race.

Flight Three, Race One
BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:17 - James Spithill landed a penalty on the French/German boat and led it off the line with a 60-metre advantage after a spirited pre-start exchange. All4One helmsman Sebastien Col had attempted to duck below his opponent and hook him as they approached the line but his bow hit the safety wands on the stern of BMW Oracle Racing and the umpires’ flag went up. Still carrying the protest, Col kept it close on the weather leg to round 14 seconds astern. The margin was down to seven seconds after the spinnaker run and Col initiated a savage tacking duel before Spithill broke away. The rest of the race belonged to the Americans.

Flight Four, Race One
BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:24 - The Americans wanted the right and controlled the start but Sebastien Col started perfectly to leeward and the margin was seldom more than a metre either way as they sailed for three and a half minutes out to the layline. BMW Oracle rounded eight seconds ahead, gradually extended on the following legs and finished 85 metres ahead.

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