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May 19 2012

Energy Team at the Top After Day One in Venice
Venice, Italy: Youth and experience won on the opening day at the America's Cup World Series in Venice, Italy. Team Korea's Nathan Outteridge, at 26 years old one of the youngest skippers in the fleet, won the first fleet race. Then, Loick Peyron, 52, rallied his team for a come-from-behind win in race two to top the day's leaderboard.
It was beautiful racing weather in Venice on Thursday. The sea breeze was in the 8 to 11 knot range, under crystal clear, sunny skies. Not surprisingly given the conditions, the local spectator fleet was out in force to enjoy the competition.
Overall AC World Series leader Jimmy Spithill and his ORACLE TEAM USA crew had a difficult day in the fleet racing Thursday, posting an 8-4 scoreline to sit in seventh place on the leaderboard. Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand, second in the overall Series, wasn't able to take full advantage, underperforming their own high expectations in fourth place, just three points clear of Spithill.
"It was a lot of little mistakes, and they all just added up," Spithill lamented. "We've just got to sharpen up..."
The local favorites, Luna Rossa, had mixed fortunes on the day. The Piranha team, led by Chris Draper, battled to a sixth place finish on the day. But Paul Campbell-James' Swordfish crew, with skipper Max Sirena, had two finishes in the top four, and holds down second place.
In the opening races of the Match Racing Championship, China Team was eliminated in a one race qualifying match by ORACLE TEAM USA - Bundock. Then, all of the Quarter Final pairings were 2-0 sweeps with Energy Team, Artemis Racing, ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill, and Luna Rossa Piranha advancing to the Semi Finals. The losing teams have been assigned their final finishing positions as per the Sailing Instructions.
Fleet Racing Championship - Provisional Results (after two races)
1. Energy Team, 18 points
2. Luna Rossa Swordfish, 16
3. Team Korea, 15
4. Emirates Team New Zealand, 13
5. Artemis Racing, 13
6. Luna Rossa Piranha, 12
7. ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill, 10
8. ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock, 7
9. China Team, 4
Match Racing Championship - Qualifying and Quarter Final Results
Qualifier 1 - ORACLE TEAM USA - Bundock defeated China Team
QF 1 - ORACLE TEAM USA - Spithill defeated Luna Rossa - Swordfish; 2-0
QF 2 - Luna Rossa - Piranha defeated Team Korea; 2-0
QF 3 - Artemis Racing defeated Emirates Team New Zealand; 2-0
QF 4 - Energy Team defeated ORACLE TEAM USA - Bundock; 2-0
The winners of the Quarter Finals advance to the Semi Finals. The losers are assigned final finishing positions (5th to 9th) as per the Sailing Instructions.
5. Emirates Team New Zealand
6. Team Korea
7. Luna Rossa Swordfish
8. ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock
9. China Team
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Marinepool Partner Energy Team at the Top After Day One in Venice

Venice, Italy: Youth and experience won on the opening day at the America's Cup World Series in Venice, Italy. Team Korea's Nathan Outteridge, at 26 years old one of the youngest skippers in the fleet, won the first fleet race. Then, Loick Peyron, 52, rallied his team for a come-from-behind win in race two to top the day's leaderboard.

"Look at that! Beautiful weather in Venice, snow on the mountains, and Energy Team (FRA) at the top of the mountain today," said an effervescent Peyron following his win. "The team did a tremendous job as usual. We still made mistakes, but a few less mistakes than the others, which is how you win."

It was beautiful racing weather in Venice on Thursday. The sea breeze was in the 8 to 11 knot range, under crystal clear, sunny skies. Not surprisingly given the conditions, the local spectator fleet was out in force to enjoy the competition.
Overall AC World Series leader Jimmy Spithill and his ORACLE TEAM USA crew had a difficult day in the fleet racing Thursday, posting an 8-4 scoreline to sit in seventh place on the leaderboard. Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand, second in the overall Series, wasn't able to take full advantage, underperforming their own high expectations in fourth place, just three points clear of Spithill.
"It was a lot of little mistakes, and they all just added up," Spithill lamented. "We've just got to sharpen up..."

The local favorites, Luna Rossa, had mixed fortunes on the day. The Piranha team, led by Chris Draper, battled to a sixth place finish on the day. But Paul Campbell-James' Swordfish crew, with skipper Max Sirena, had two finishes in the top four, and holds down second place.

In the opening races of the Match Racing Championship, China Team was eliminated in a one race qualifying match by ORACLE TEAM USA - Bundock. Then, all of the Quarter Final pairings were 2-0 sweeps with Energy Team, Artemis Racing, ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill, and Luna Rossa Piranha advancing to the Semi Finals. The losing teams have been assigned their final finishing positions as per the Sailing Instructions.

Fleet Racing Championship - Provisional Results (after two races)

1. Energy Team, 18 points

2. Luna Rossa Swordfish, 16

3. Team Korea, 15

4. Emirates Team New Zealand, 13

5. Artemis Racing, 13

6. Luna Rossa Piranha, 12

7. ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill, 10

8. ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock, 7

9. China Team, 4


Match Racing Championship - Qualifying and Quarter Final Results

Qualifier 1 - ORACLE TEAM USA - Bundock defeated China Team

QF 1 - ORACLE TEAM USA - Spithill defeated Luna Rossa - Swordfish; 2-0

QF 2 - Luna Rossa - Piranha defeated Team Korea; 2-0

QF 3 - Artemis Racing defeated Emirates Team New Zealand; 2-0

QF 4 - Energy Team defeated ORACLE TEAM USA - Bundock; 2-0

The winners of the Quarter Finals advance to the Semi Finals.


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