April 28, 2007

America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin 1. Finally concludes

After 13 days of racing and postponements, Round Robin 1 finally concludes. With a slow start to racing in the 1st week and 6 days out of the 7 cancelled due to lack of wind, the second week of the cup proved to be more reliable in terms of enough breeze and only one day, Monday was without racing. With wind range for the cup rated at a minimum 7 up to 25 knots max, the breeze was always in the most part in the lower slower range. Flights where held in an average of a 9 knots breeze, with only a very few of the match races going over the 10 knots range. This slow wind range in the start of the cup allowed for a few surprises like the victory of Shosholoza RSA83 over Luna Rossa ITA94 and showed a tighter competition between the big rich Top Teams and small New Teams, with every race being a full action affair no matter who is racing who.
 Comments after Round Robin1:
BMW Oracle Racing defeated only by Desafio in flight 10, fast boat and aggressive team nearly unbeatable
Luna Rossa Challenge surprise defeat with Shosholoza, lose only 6 seconds to Oracle, but never impress suffering challenge
Emirates Team New Zealand lose the direct matches with the top teams and Mascalzone 2 places down
Desafio Espanol 2007 show defeat to Oracle, damaged spinnaker pole with Areva costing match keep 4Th place
Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team start well by beating New Zealand, suffer important matches with direct competitors more concentration
Victory Challenge important victory with Mascalzone on the last flight a threat
Team Shosholoza give a blow to Luna Rossa and a tight match to most challengers including Oracle competitive
Areva Challenge get a win over Desafio, do a penalty error with Shosholoza average
+39 Challenge race Flight 1 & 2 with Version.4 mast, important win with Team Germany regain confidence
United Internet Team Germany had closer matches then the results actually show deserve more
China Team still no win and the skills seem to be at a standstill damage boat in last part of RR.1
Round Robin 1 - Final Results and Ranking

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