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Victory Challenge beat Desafio Espanol to stay in hunt for semis spot

Victory Challenge beat Desafio Espanol to stay in hunt for semis spot

Victory Challenge beat Desafio Espanol on Monday to remain in contention for the final place in the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals.
The Swedish syndicate kept to the middle of the "Juliet" course for most of the ninth-flight race to win by seven seconds after Desafio Espanol started in a leeward position.
BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand both had wins on "Juliet."
The Americans beat Mascalzone Latino of Italy from the start, when the Naples-based team had the USA-98 yacht pushed out behind the race committee boat but earned a penalty after crossing the line early.
BMW Oracle Racing skipper Chris Dickson pushed the Americans out front on their way to a 57-second win that kept the team at the top of the America's Cup challengers series standings with 35 points.
"After that start, the remainder of the race was pretty much a formality," BMW Oracle Racing navigator Peter Isler said.
The Americans, who can finish no worse than third after the victory, stayed one point ahead of the Kiwis, who beat third-place Luna Rossa of Italy. All three syndicates have already qualified for the semifinals, which run from May 14-24.
Luna Rossa helmsman James Spithill worked hard to start the Italians from the right side of the box but Emirates Team New Zealand played the wind shifts correctly to win by 36 seconds.
"If we didn't have that initial control in the pre-start, it might have been a different race," Emirates Team New Zealand strategist Ray Davies said.
Luna Rossa stayed with 31 points, two more than fourth-place Desafio Espanol.
The Spanish did not file a protest against Victory Challenge after the Swedish purposely dropped its spinnaker to the water while rounding the second marker to save time.
"We did what we had to do and I'm sure they'll do whatever they have to do," Victory Challenge grinder Ian Weighell said. "We're in stressful situations and we're making decisions on the hoof so not everyone's going to get everything right."
Desafio Espanol can clinch the last semifinal spot with a victory over the Americans in Tuesday's 10th flight race _ or if Victory Challenge loses. The Swedish need to win their two remaining races, against the Kiwis and Mascalzone Latino, with the Spanish dropping their last two to advance.
"The team that makes the first error will probably lose. We have to navigate perfectly," Desafio Espanol navigator Matt Wachowicz said. "We've sailed well. We've been winning so to change anything in our preparation would be idiocy."
The Spanish, which beat BMW Oracle Racing in their previous match race, cannot count on an easier final flight, with Luna Rossa its opponent.
"Whichever boat gets out first will probably stay out front when it comes to racing the top three," Wachowicz said. "We have to figure out how to sail perfectly."
Also, + 39 Challenge of Italy beat Shosholoza of South Africa by 50 seconds and French syndicate Areva Challenge beat China Team by 3:03 on the northern "Romeo" course.
The Louis Vuitton Cup will decide which of the 11 challengers will sail against America's Cup champion Alinghi in the finals from June 23-July 4.


Updated : 2021-10-25 13:26 GMT+08:00