After today’s races, with one race to go in Round Robin 2, it is clear that my feeling expressed in this post, two days ago, was correct: The Spanish team DesafÃo EspaÃ±ol 2007 will, for the first time for a Spanish Team, compete in the semi finals. The Swedish Team that, two days ago, theoretically could have matched the points of DesafÃo EspaÃ±ol 2007, lost its race today.
Tomorrow will see a very close race between USA team BWW Oracle Racing and New Zealand team Emirates team New Zealand, because the winner of this race will end as first of the two Round Robin series an will have earned the right of chosing its first opponent in the semi finals.
The Louis Vuiton Cup is a series of sailing races that decides which of the 11 challengers may challenge the defender, the winner of the former (31st) America’s Cup (also known as “The Auld Mug”) series, Swiss Team Alinghi.
After a couple of fleet races over a couple of years (13 “acts”) where the defender also raced, now in Valencia the seconds series of round robin match races is nearing its end. To me, with still 3 races to go, it is quite clear that the four teams that will go on with the semi finals are:
USA team BWW Oracle Racing
New Zealand team Emirates team New Zealand
Italian Team Luna Rossa Challenge
For the first time in the Cup’s history ending so high: a Spanish team
It is a great event for Valencia. I wish I could be there.
Last edited by GJE on December 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm [deleted obsolete links]
An earlier photo of Team China:
Valencia, 20 04 2007
Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin 1
Luna Rossa Challenge vs China Team.
ACM 2007/Photo:Carlo Borlenghi
This really amazed me: China Team defeated BMW Oracle team today:
Few would have expected BMW Oracle Racing, leader out of Round Robin One to fall to the bottom ranked boat, China Team. But after showing better speed in the pre-start up the first beat the headsail pulled out of the headfoil on the American boat, a repeat of the problem they experienced in Act 13. BMW Oracle trailed around the course, but it was China Team which picked up a mostly unexpected two points.