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LV ACT 6: Alinghi über alles, BMW Oracle best challenger, Desafío Español fifth

Posted on 30 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

If there were still any doubts left about the overwhelming power of Alinghi they dissipated like early-morning mist before the sun, after watching Tuesday’s action during the closing day of Louis Vuitton Act 6. Even without anything at stake, the Swiss overpowered Emirates Team New Zealand during their last race in Louis Vuitton Act 6 and finsihed at the top of the table with a perfect score. In a previous article we stated that Alinghi was running like a fine Swiss watch. We were wrong and will have to restate: Fine Swiss watches run like Alinghi.

Meanwhile, among challengers, BMW Oracle also proved their power despite the few technical glitches and some team departures. They are clearly in very good shape and promise a tough fight.

After the end of this Act there are three groups whose outlines are considerably well defined:

BIG FOUR: Alinghi, BMW Oracle, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. Barring any extraordinary events, the winner of the 32nd America’s Cup will come from that group. In fact, with just one exception, teams of this select group were defeated only by other Big Four teams.

MID FOUR: Desafío Español, +39 Challenge, Mascalzone Latino Team Capitalia, Victory Challenge. These four syndicates have, admittedly, very slim chances in winning the America’s Cup, let alone the Louis Vuitton Cup. Nevertheless, they provide an interesting and exciting field while competing for the much-coveted fifth place. Desafío Español performed very well and got the fifth position. Hadn’t been for the childish mistake and defeat against Victory Challenge their position would have been even stronger.

Equally satisfying was the performance of +39, especially the win over Emirates Team New Zealand. Skippered by British Iain Percy, the Italian challenger is now tied with the Spanish. Mascalzone Latino Team Capitalia started with severe technical problems, but recovered and is now hopeful for the future. As for the locals, Victory Challenge, their performance did not match expectations.

BOTTOM FOUR: K-Challenge, United Internet Team Germany, China Team and Team Shosholoza. These four teams have absolutely no chances but they keep fighting. The German team was plagued by problems and clearly disappointed with its performance. The bright spot in these Acts were the first two victories ever for the South African team, one against locals Victory Challenge and another over China Team.

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LV ACT 6: Alinghi über alles, BMW Oracle best challenger, Desafío Español fifth

Posted on 30 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

If there were still any doubts left about the overwhelming power of Alinghi they dissipated like early-morning mist before the sun, after watching Tuesday’s action during the closing day of Louis Vuitton Act 6. Even without anything at stake, the Swiss overpowered Emirates Team New Zealand during their last race in Louis Vuitton Act 6 and finsihed at the top of the table with a perfect score. In a previous article we stated that Alinghi was running like a fine Swiss watch. We were wrong and will have to restate: Fine Swiss watches run like Alinghi.

Meanwhile, among challengers, BMW Oracle also proved their power despite the few technical glitches and some team departures. They are clearly in very good shape and promise a tough fight.

After the end of this Act there are three groups whose outlines are considerably well defined:

BIG FOUR: Alinghi, BMW Oracle, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. Barring any extraordinary events, the winner of the 32nd America’s Cup will come from that group. In fact, with just one exception, teams of this select group were defeated only by other Big Four teams.

MID FOUR: Desafío Español, +39 Challenge, Mascalzone Latino Team Capitalia, Victory Challenge. These four syndicates have, admittedly, very slim chances in winning the America’s Cup, let alone the Louis Vuitton Cup. Nevertheless, they provide an interesting and exciting field while competing for the much-coveted fifth place. Desafío Español performed very well and got the fifth position. Hadn’t been for the childish mistake and defeat against Victory Challenge their position would have been even stronger.

Equally satisfying was the performance of +39, especially the win over Emirates Team New Zealand. Skippered by British Iain Percy, the Italian challenger is now tied with the Spanish. Mascalzone Latino Team Capitalia started with severe technical problems, but recovered and is now hopeful for the future. As for the locals, Victory Challenge, their performance did not match expectations.

BOTTOM FOUR: K-Challenge, United Internet Team Germany, China Team and Team Shosholoza. These four teams have absolutely no chances but they keep fighting. The German team was plagued by problems and clearly disappointed with its performance. The bright spot in these Acts were the first two victories ever for the South African team, one against locals Victory Challenge and another over China Team.

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Louis Vuitton Act 6 – Day 4: Forza +39

Posted on 28 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Sunday delivered the first major upset in Louis Vuitton Act 6 and showed that under extreme pressure even the best teams can make dearly mistakes. In the, originally “predictable”, race between Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s +39, the New Zealand powerhouse made the suicidal mistake and crossed the starting line just one second ahead of time. That meant an immediate penalty and gave +39 the opportunity to gain an early lead and finally finish more than a minute ahead of the New Zealanders.

Earlier in the day, Desafío Español commited a childish mistake and transformed a 36-second lead at the beginning of the fourth leg to a 1 minute 21 second defeat against the locals Victory Challenge.

Still in the middle of the table, Mascalzone Latino Team Capitalia won both races and consolidated their quest for the fifth place.

Alinghi is stil unbeatable, followed by BMW Oracle, Emirates Team New Zealand and Lunna Rossa, all with one defeat. Mascalzone Latino Team Capitalia, +39 and Victory Challenge are now tied in fifth place.

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Emirates Team New Zealand – +39 : 0 – 1

Posted on 28 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Even sailing stars can make disastrous un-forced errors when facing the extreme pressure of the America’s Cup. NZL 82, skippered by Dean Barker, crossed the starting line just one second too early and had to re-cross it. By the time the penalty was carried out the Italians were already 30 seconds ahead and rounded the first mark with a 47-second advantage. The New Zealanders tried hard to cover the gap but finally the Italians won with a 1-minute advantage.

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Posted on 28 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team New Zealand and +39 in the fourth day of Louis Vuitton Act 6

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Posted on 28 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team New Zealand and +39 in the fourth day of Louis Vuitton Act 6

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Posted on 28 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

+39 racing to victory against Emirates Team New Zealand in the fourth day of Louis Vuitton Act 6

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Posted on 28 August 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team New Zealand and +39 in the fourth day of Louis Vuitton Act 6

Photo copyright: +39 Challenge

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