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Nov 24 2010

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Race Summaries - Day Ten

Racing started off the Dubai International Marina in a hazy 6-8 knot northwest wind today, but backed to the left as the day wore on. Round Robin 2 could be completed and the semi finalists are decided at the LVT Dubai.


Flight One, Race One

Emirates Team New Zealand def Synergy Russian Sailing Team 00:47
The Kiwis came from behind to win. Both boats were early, head to wind, before the start as ETNZ split away to the committee while the Russians went for the pin. Francesco Bruni and his Russian team got off the line going to the left and found more pressure to lead by nine seconds at the top mark. Dean Barker and the Kiwis made up ground on the run and trailed by just three seconds at the bottom gate. They split on the beat with Barker claiming the left and making dramatic gains. Benefitting from a shift and more pressure, ETNZ led by 1:12 at the top mark and coasted home to consolidate their second overall place. The Kiwi victory eliminated from the semi-finals the team that finished second at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena.

Flight One, Race Two

BMW Oracle Racing def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:15
In the pre-start, America’s Cup champion skipper James Spithill delivered a master class in starting to his rival Gavin Brady. Two minutes before the gun and with both boats almost stationary after a dialup BMWOR claimed and got a penalty as Mascalzone turned to get clear. “It was a good time to come away,” said Ian Moore, navigator for the American boat. “They tried to tack with us but they were slow so we were able to point right at them and claim the penalty." The Italian boat extricated itself and went right. It led for most of the first leg until Oracle spurted ahead in new breeze at the top of the first beat and never looked back. “We could have been more aggressive in the pre-start but a penalty for hard contact would have costs us points and we’re already into the semi-finals,” said Mascalzone Latino tactician Morgan Larson.

Flight Two, Race One

All4One def Artemis Racing, 00:22
The stakes were high with both boats facing the prospect of elimination. All4One used the advantage of the starboard entry to claim the right side of the course in a soft, shifty westerly breeze. They started in tandem on starboard with Sweden’s Artemis Racing to leeward. Sebastien Col immediately tacked the French/German boat to port, ceding the early going to Artemis’ Cameron Appleton. Three minutes later, Col crossed clear ahead by a boat length and a half to lead for the rest of the race and scupper Artemis' hopes for the semi-finals.   

Flight Three, Race One

Emirates Team New Zealand def All4One, 00:45
This final match of the Round Robin would have no impact on the final standings, which was just as well for All4One. The race was decided at the start when Emirates Team New Zealand elected to take the left side. Shortly after the start gun fired, a big left shift rumbled down the course giving the Kiwis a massive lead at the top mark. Game over

Provisional Results after RR2:

1.  BMW ORACLE Racing, 13-2, 17 pts  
2.  Emirates Team New Zealand, 9-6, 12.5 pts 
3.  Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-9, 8 pts * 
4.  All4One, 6-9, 8 pts
5.  Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 6-9, 6 pts *
6.  Artemis Racing, 5-10, 5 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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