Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

BMW Oracle Racing, Luna Rossa win on second day of Louis Vuitton Cup racing

BMW Oracle Racing, Luna Rossa win on second day of Louis Vuitton Cup racing

The second day of Louis Vuitton Cup racing started Sunday after five of the previous six days had been postponed due to a lack of wind.
American entry BMW Oracle Racing beat Shosholoza of South Africa and Italian syndicate Luna Rossa won against United Internet Team Germany.
BMW Oracle Racing and Luna Rossa remain undefeated after three flights and lead the standings with six points.
Shosholoza led before losing a kite when rounding the second windmarker. A poor tack allowed the Americans a chance to cross and establish a starboard course as it took the lead for good on the third lap of the 10.4-mile (16.7-kilometer) northern "Romeo" course.
"In these conditions nothing is assured, so our goal plan is not to give anyone a lot of leverage," said BMW Oracle Racing team member Peter Isler, who decided strategy with owner Larry Ellison.
Victory Challenge of Sweden won its second race of the first round-robin stage on "Romeo," beating winless rookies China Team.
On the same length southern "Juliet" course, Emirates Team New Zealand rebounded from an opening flight loss to Italian team Mascalzone Latino with a convincing victory over winless +39 Challenge, which was racing with its repaired mast for the first time.
Desafio Espanol of Spain appeared to lose a spinnaker pole as it rounded the second marker before losing the lead and the race to Areva Challenge by 2 minutes, 6 seconds.
"Now it is time to find out why it happened because I know it wasn't a crew handling problem," Desafio Espanol helmsman Karol Jablonski said of the broken pole.
"The wind was very, very tricky so we're happy not to race anyone else and wait for better conditions."
The Spanish next face undefeated Mascalzone Latino of Italy, which had a bye until the afternoon's fourth flight which was postponed until Monday after a drop in wind.
Racing came after organizers and the body representing the 11 challengers altered the racing schedule for the second time because unstable weather had postponed eight flights of sailing. The first round-robin stage will be sailed until each team's 20 match races are completed and the second stage, consisting of one flight a day, will finish by May 9.
"It hasn't hurt us but it hasn't helped us either," said Luna Rossa traveler Andrew Horton about the revised schedule. "It could get very interesting because every race is very important and we're racing in pretty crazy conditions. So every victory is pretty good since everyone looks pretty equal."
Team meteorologists aren't expecting any change in the weather over the coming days, meaning that delays and sailing in choppy conditions are expected.
Organizers had originally selected Valencia as host city for its consistent weather.
The Louis Vuitton Cup, which runs through June 11, will decide which of the challengers will sail against America's Cup champion Alinghi in the final from June 23-July 4.


Updated : 2021-10-27 11:59 GMT+08:00