April 9, 2007

America's Cup - Final Act 13 concludes, Alinghi unstoppable, Shosholoza gains bonus point, +39 mast broken in collision

The Final Act 13 which was a fleet race, was concluded last Saturday. 7 races where scheduled in what was an unpredictable weather week in Valencia.
Alinghi demonstrated it's full defender status by winning 4 of the 7 races held. The remaining races where won by 3 different challenger's. Challenger of records BMW Oracle won the 1st race, when the last downwind leg proved to be a real challenge to the competitors, with unpredictable wind patterns and turning to be an upwind leg in the final stages. Before that +39 held the command of the race from the begining. Emirates Team New Zealand won race 5 in a very exciting head to head finish with Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy. Home team Desafio Espanol won race 6 in a dominant race from start to finish, managing to control second placed the Defender Alinghi. Other important results came from Team Shosholoza which managed to win an extra bonus point at the expense of French Team Areva Challenge while Italian team Mascalzone Latino claimed 3rd Spot and became top Italian challenger in this Act, ahead of highly rated challenger Luna Rossa which came in 4th place. Negative notes for +39 challenge which suffered a dismasting by Team Internet Germany during the 3rd Race. The challenger did not race after that, but was still awarded the 2 bonus points as Team Internet Germany was found guilty of the accident. Team Internet Germany was ordered to pay for the damage occurred to the Italian team.
Valencia Louis Vuitton Act. 13
1. Alinghi - SUI91. Points: 78
2. Emirates Team New Zealand - NZL84. Points: 64
3. Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team - ITA99. Points: 63
4. Luna Rossa Challenge - ITA94. Points: 60
5. BMW Oracle Racing - USA87. Points: 57
6. Desafio Espanol 2007 - ESP97. Points: 55
7. Team Shosholoza - RSA83. Points: 43
8. Victory Challenge - SWE96. Points: 35
9. Areva Challenge - FRA93. Points: 31
10. United Internet Team Germany - GER89. Points: 29
11. +39 Challenge - ITA85. Points: 17 (*awarded redress)
12. China Team - CHN95. Points: 15
Louis Vuitton Challengers Ranking
1. Emirates Team New Zealand. Points: 158. Bonus: 4
2. BMW Oracle Racing. Points: 147. Bonus: 3
3. Luna Rossa Challenge. Points: 143. Bonus: 3
4. Desafio Espanol 2007. Points: 106. Bonus: 3
5. Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team. Points: 103. Bonus: 2
6. Victory Challenge. Points: 83. Bonus: 2
7. Team Shosholoza. Points: 73. Bonus: 2
8. Areva Challenge. Points: 72. Bonus: 1
9. +39 Challenge. Points: 66. Bonus: 2 (*awarded redress)
10. United Internet Team Germany. Points: 42. Bonus: 1
11. China Team. Points: 18. Bonus:1

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