Archive | September, 2005

LV ACT 8 – Day 2 : Tough conditions

Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Unlike the first day, the conditions that prevailed during Friday were extremely difficult, causing many technical problems, delaying half of the midday races for almost three hours and finally forcing the organizers to postpone all afternoon races. Winds of up to 25 knots and waves of up to two meters put much stress on boats and sailors, even when they were just waiting in the northern race course for an improvement in the weather.

Despite heavy winds and high waves, five out of the six races turned out as expected, with the stronger teams beating the weaker ones. The exception and upset was Shosholoza’s victory over K-Challenge. It was quite an irony for the French team that easily beat the New Zealanders on Thursday, to be beaten by one of the weakest teams on Friday. It was a broken genoa that caused the French to retire from the race, handing the victory to Shosholoza.

Luna Rossa, BMW Oracle and Alinghi keep being undefeated, with the latter piling up straight victories in match racing. They must be very close to 30 so far in 2005, but we’ve lost count.

Saturday will undoubtedly be the first of the “big” days, weather permitting, as Alinghi will face Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand will race against BMW Oracle.

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Victory Challenge – Luna Rossa : 0 – 1

Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Skippered by Francesco de Angelis the Italian team did not encounter any problems in beating the Swedish Victory Challenge. With the exception of the second leg, Luna Rossa increased their advantage each time they rounded the mark and finished 1:33 minutes ahead of Victory Challenge.

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Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa and Victory Challenge in the second day of Louis Vuitton Act 8

Photo copyright: Simon Palfrader – Luna Rossa Challenge

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Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa and Victory Challenge in the second day of Louis Vuitton Act 8

Photo copyright: Simon Palfrader – Luna Rossa Challenge

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Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa and Victory Challenge in the second day of Louis Vuitton Act 8

Photo copyright: Simon Palfrader – Luna Rossa Challenge

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Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa and Victory Challenge in the second day of Louis Vuitton Act 8. Conditions were very tough on Friday and such pictures speak for themselves.

Photo copyright: Simon Palfrader – Luna Rossa Challenge

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Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – BMW Oracle : 0 – 1

Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

It was quite an easy victory for BMW Oracle despite the broken spinnaker pole after rounding the top mark for the second time. Not only did the American team race the final leg without one but managed to increase its lead over the Italians by 22 seconds. Finally, the Defender of Record finished almost 2 minutes ahead of Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team.

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Posted on 30 September 2005 by Valencia Sailing

BMW Oracle and Mascalzone Capitalia Team racing under difficult conditions during the second day of Louis Vuitton Act 8

Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget – BMW Oracle Racing

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