Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Valencia: Agian surprises

It was a day of close racing and surprise finishes at the Louis Vuitton Cup where the bottom ranked China Team earned its first win of the competition over the leader, BMW ORACLE Racing, when the American team lost its headsail on the first upwind leg.
That wasn't the only upset of the form guide however. The French Areva Challenge, disappointed with its Round Robin One performance, went out and won its first two matches of Round Robin Two, while +39 Challenge suffered two devastating losses in matches that were desperately close right up until the finishing line.
Conditions on Monday were excellent for racing, with sea breezes of up to
15 knots on both race courses. The wind eased later in the day, but never dropped below 9 knots.

Ranking after LVC RR2 Flight 2
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 23 points
1. Luna Rossa Challenge, 23
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 20
4. Desafio Espanol, 19
5. Victory Challenge, 16
6. Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team, 14
6. Team Shosholoza, 14
8. Areva Challenge, 13
9. +39 Challenge 6
10. United Internet Team Germany 3
10. China Team 3

Tuesday's Schedule:
Desafio Espanol vs. AREVA Challenge
+39 Challenge (ITA 85) vs. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92)
United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) vs. Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94)
China Team (CHN 95) vs. Victory Challenge (SWE 96)
Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) vs. BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98)

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