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Chinese boat stuns BMW Oracle

Chinese boat stuns BMW Oracle

China Team upset Louis Vuitton Cup leader BMW Oracle Racing on Monday for its first win in America's Cup challengers series racing.
BMW Oracle Racing was in control at the start and pinned the Chinese yacht out to the right behind its heel to build a 200-meter lead. But the Americans lost their headsail halfway on the first upwind lap and the CHN-95 yacht sailed past the USA-98 boat before the headsail blew out again, forcing BMW Oracle Racing to finish the upwind legs with a single sail as the Chinese won with ease by 3 minutes, 5 seconds.
"Coming back to earth with two points from BMW Oracle Racing is not a miracle because I know these things can happen in sailing," China Team skipper Pierre Mas said. "But it rewards all of the efforts of the team."
The Americans' second loss in round-robin match racing means they are tied with Italian syndicate Luna Rossa at the top of the standings with 23 points. The Italians beat Victory Challenge of Sweden by 23 seconds, also on the northern "Romeo" course.
The Americans could only use the mainsail on the first windward leg, so the headstay foil was to be repaired overnight ahead of its race against Shosholoza.
"A small piece didn't do its job today, which meant bad luck for us and bad luck for the team because we didn't get the points," said BMW Oracle Racing helmsman Sten Mohr, who was in for skipper Chris Dickson.