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Day three of Trieste Challenge: Chris Dickson leads unbeaten, China Team beats Luna Rossa

Posted on 31 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Chris Dickson of BMW Oracle continued his domination for the third consecutive day, winning all of his three races and remaining unbeaten. The weather scenario on Thursday was diametrically opposed to that of Wednesday. After suffering from heavy gust of up to 30 knots, helmsmen and tacticians tested their nerves and skills in winds that barely went over 5 knots. Under these conditions, every team that slowed down or came to a stop was also sure to lose the race.

Areva Challenge – China Team : 1 – 0
It was an easy victory for the skipper of Areva Challenge and number one in world match racing rankings, Sébastien Col. The French team won a lead right from the start and managed to increase it considerably, crossing the finish line half a leg ahead of the Chinese.

China Team – Luna Rossa: 1 – 0
Less than two hours after suffering a defeat, China Team provided the day’s surprise and upset by beating Luna Rossa in an excruciatingly slow race. Luna Rossa started with an advantage over the Chinese but was unable to hold on to it and at the end of the third leg, both boats were neck and neck approaching the top mark. Pierre Mas, skipper of China Team, was too agressive on his attack and got penalized. Still, as a result of the error, the Italian boat came to a complete stop and due to the lack of wind had great difficulty in raising the spinnaker. The chinese boat went ahead and built a substantial lead that allowed the team to offload the penalty and win the race.

Michele Ivaldi, tactician aboard Luna Rossa, insisted the jury should have raised the red flag and force the chinese to immediately offload their penalty.

BMW Oracle – Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team : 1 – 0
Chris Dickson’s skills during the prestart meant the race was decided before it even started. Jes Gran Hansen was forced into an error and touched the American boat. The jury immediately gave the Italian team a penalty but also red flag. As a result, Jes Gran Hansen had to offload the penalty right at the start. With such light winds it was then impossible to catch Chris Disckson who scored yet another victory.

BMW Oracle getting Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team penalized during the prestart. The extremely light winds did not allow the Italian team recover. Trieste, 31 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

BMW Oracle – Luna Rossa : 1 – 0
The second faceoff between the two strongest teams turned out to be a comfortable victory for BMW Oracle. Chris Dickson and Francesco de Angelis had a quite even first leg but at the top mark the Luna Rossa team raised the spinnaker before the two-boatlength limit (a particular rule in this event). As a result they were penalized and once again the very light winds made any kind of recovery impossible.

Chris Dickson is leading the Trieste Chalenge unbeaten. Trieste, 31 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

BMW Oracle – China Team : 1 – 0
There is no doubt about it. Chris Dickson is the turnaround artist of the Trieste Challenge. It was the second race he got penalized for being early over the start line and still managed to recover and win. Once his penalty offloaded he needed a few tacks to reach the chinese at the top mark and get inside them. Pierre Mas was penalized and practically lost the race at that point. Dickson built a lead and finished two boatlengths ahead of China Team.

Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – China Team : 1 – 0
Despite the weakening wind, racing continued at the Trieste Challenge. Jes Gran Hansen won the prestart and went ahead in front of the chinese, in a very long race of six legs. Given their early advantage, the Italian tactic was to hold on it, which they did, despite a late puff of wind that helped the chinese at the last leg. The Italian team finished two boatlengths ahead and earned an important point.

Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – Areva Challenge : 1 – 0
The last race of the day was a movie in slow motion and the desperately weak winds turned it into an agony. Still, Mascalzone got the early advantage and managed to keep it during the whole excruciating race, staying on the correct side of the course. Another point for the Italian team that has almost assured its place in the semifinals.

Trieste Challenge provisional classification (after 13 races)

1. BMW Oracle Racing – 6 points (6 races)
2. Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – 4 points (6 races)
3. Luna Rossa – 2 points (5 races)
4. Areva Challenge – 1 point (5 races)
5. China Team – 1 point (6 races)

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Another three sailors from the Volvo Ocean Race join Victory Challenge in Valencia

Posted on 31 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Victory Challenge] The Swedish America’s Cup challenger keeps its hiring pace at a high level! A further three sailors that took part in the Volvo Ocean Race have joined Victory Challenge:
• Andy Meiklejohn from Brasil 1.
• Richard Mason from Ericsson Racing Team.
• Anthony Merrington, who was a member of Victory Challenge during the pre-regattas in 2005, has returned after sailing with Pirates of the Caribbean.

“All three well fulfil the criteria we have had for the continued team recruitment. They are solid sailors who also contribute specialist knowledge to the development of rigging, sails or the boat.

“Andy is a mast specialist, Richard was boat captain with Ericsson – which he will also be with us. It’s also great that Anthony is back, that the Volvo Ocean Race was a parenthesis which means that he can bring further experience to the team,” says Magnus Holmberg, skipper and helmsman.

For the three Volvo Ocean Race sailors it was the second time they participated in round the world sailing.

• New Zealander Andy Meiklejohn, 30, has been recruited as midbowman and rigger. He sailed with Brasil 1 in the last Volvo Ocean Race, and was rigger on shore with Team News Corp in the one prior to that. He was part of the team that won the round the world race, Oryx Quest 2005.
• Australian Richard Mason, 32, who grew up in New Zealand but lives in Sweden, is one of the most experienced off-shore sailors in the world for his age. He sailed with Ericsson Racing Team in the last Volvo Ocean Race, and with ASSA ABLOY in the one prior to that. He will be a floater with Victory Challenge and captain of one of the two America’s Cup boats in the two-boat training which will soon begin.
• Australian Anthony Merrington, 33, will also be a floater. He is, just like Richard Mason, one of the most experienced off-shore sailors. He last sailed with Pirates of the Caribbean and, prior to that, with Team SEB in the Volvo Ocean Race. For him it is a return to Victory Challenge; he was in every pre-regatta in the 32nd America’s Cup during 2005.

In total, this means that eight of those who have recently completed the Volvo Ocean Race have reinforced Victory Challenge’s sailing team ahead of the two-boat training.

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Day three of Trieste Challenge: Chris Dickson leads unbeaten, China Team beats Luna Rossa

Posted on 31 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Chris Dickson of BMW Oracle continued his domination for the third consecutive day, winning all of his three races and remaining unbeaten. The weather scenario on Thursday was diametrically opposed to that of Wednesday. After suffering from heavy gust of up to 30 knots, helmsmen and tacticians tested their nerves and skills in winds that barely went over 5 knots. Under these conditions, every team that slowed down or came to a stop was also sure to lose the race.

Areva Challenge – China Team : 1 – 0
It was an easy victory for the skipper of Areva Challenge and number one in world match racing rankings, Sébastien Col. The French team won a lead right from the start and managed to increase it considerably, crossing the finish line half a leg ahead of the Chinese.

China Team – Luna Rossa: 1 – 0
Less than two hours after suffering a defeat, China Team provided the day’s surprise and upset by beating Luna Rossa in an excruciatingly slow race. Luna Rossa started with an advantage over the Chinese but was unable to hold on to it and at the end of the third leg, both boats were neck and neck approaching the top mark. Pierre Mas, skipper of China Team, was too agressive on his attack and got penalized. Still, as a result of the error, the Italian boat came to a complete stop and due to the lack of wind had great difficulty in raising the spinnaker. The chinese boat went ahead and built a substantial lead that allowed the team to offload the penalty and win the race.

Michele Ivaldi, tactician aboard Luna Rossa, insisted the jury should have raised the red flag and force the chinese to immediately offload their penalty.

BMW Oracle – Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team : 1 – 0
Chris Dickson’s skills during the prestart meant the race was decided before it even started. Jes Gran Hansen was forced into an error and touched the American boat. The jury immediately gave the Italian team a penalty but also red flag. As a result, Jes Gran Hansen had to offload the penalty right at the start. With such light winds it was then impossible to catch Chris Disckson who scored yet another victory.

BMW Oracle getting Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team penalized during the prestart. The extremely light winds did not allow the Italian team recover. Trieste, 31 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

BMW Oracle – Luna Rossa : 1 – 0
The second faceoff between the two strongest teams turned out to be a comfortable victory for BMW Oracle. Chris Dickson and Francesco de Angelis had a quite even first leg but at the top mark the Luna Rossa team raised the spinnaker before the two-boatlength limit (a particular rule in this event). As a result they were penalized and once again the very light winds made any kind of recovery impossible.

Chris Dickson is leading the Trieste Chalenge unbeaten. Trieste, 31 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

BMW Oracle – China Team : 1 – 0
There is no doubt about it. Chris Dickson is the turnaround artist of the Trieste Challenge. It was the second race he got penalized for being early over the start line and still managed to recover and win. Once his penalty offloaded he needed a few tacks to reach the chinese at the top mark and get inside them. Pierre Mas was penalized and practically lost the race at that point. Dickson built a lead and finished two boatlengths ahead of China Team.

Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – China Team : 1 – 0
Despite the weakening wind, racing continued at the Trieste Challenge. Jes Gran Hansen won the prestart and went ahead in front of the chinese, in a very long race of six legs. Given their early advantage, the Italian tactic was to hold on it, which they did, despite a late puff of wind that helped the chinese at the last leg. The Italian team finished two boatlengths ahead and earned an important point.

Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – Areva Challenge : 1 – 0
The last race of the day was a movie in slow motion and the desperately weak winds turned it into an agony. Still, Mascalzone got the early advantage and managed to keep it during the whole excruciating race, staying on the correct side of the course. Another point for the Italian team that has almost assured its place in the semifinals.

Trieste Challenge provisional classification (after 13 races)

1. BMW Oracle Racing – 6 points (6 races)
2. Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – 4 points (6 races)
3. Luna Rossa – 2 points (5 races)
4. Areva Challenge – 1 point (5 races)
5. China Team – 1 point (6 races)

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Another three sailors from the Volvo Ocean Race join Victory Challenge in Valencia

Posted on 31 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Victory Challenge] The Swedish America’s Cup challenger keeps its hiring pace at a high level! A further three sailors that took part in the Volvo Ocean Race have joined Victory Challenge:
• Andy Meiklejohn from Brasil 1.
• Richard Mason from Ericsson Racing Team.
• Anthony Merrington, who was a member of Victory Challenge during the pre-regattas in 2005, has returned after sailing with Pirates of the Caribbean.

“All three well fulfil the criteria we have had for the continued team recruitment. They are solid sailors who also contribute specialist knowledge to the development of rigging, sails or the boat.

“Andy is a mast specialist, Richard was boat captain with Ericsson – which he will also be with us. It’s also great that Anthony is back, that the Volvo Ocean Race was a parenthesis which means that he can bring further experience to the team,” says Magnus Holmberg, skipper and helmsman.

For the three Volvo Ocean Race sailors it was the second time they participated in round the world sailing.

• New Zealander Andy Meiklejohn, 30, has been recruited as midbowman and rigger. He sailed with Brasil 1 in the last Volvo Ocean Race, and was rigger on shore with Team News Corp in the one prior to that. He was part of the team that won the round the world race, Oryx Quest 2005.
• Australian Richard Mason, 32, who grew up in New Zealand but lives in Sweden, is one of the most experienced off-shore sailors in the world for his age. He sailed with Ericsson Racing Team in the last Volvo Ocean Race, and with ASSA ABLOY in the one prior to that. He will be a floater with Victory Challenge and captain of one of the two America’s Cup boats in the two-boat training which will soon begin.
• Australian Anthony Merrington, 33, will also be a floater. He is, just like Richard Mason, one of the most experienced off-shore sailors. He last sailed with Pirates of the Caribbean and, prior to that, with Team SEB in the Volvo Ocean Race. For him it is a return to Victory Challenge; he was in every pre-regatta in the 32nd America’s Cup during 2005.

In total, this means that eight of those who have recently completed the Volvo Ocean Race have reinforced Victory Challenge’s sailing team ahead of the two-boat training.

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Day two of Trieste Challenge: Yet another exhibition of sailing skills by Chris Dickson

Posted on 30 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

The second day of the Trieste Challenge provided nice and close racing but was unfortunately shortened by bad weather, resulting in just two races being completed out the five scheduled. Morning gusts of up to 30 knots forced the race committee to postpone racing till 3pm while an afternoon thunderstorm sent all boats back to the harbor.

Racing will start at 10am tomorrow and the tentative schedule calls for the completion of the first round robin.

The first match of the day was an Italian derby between Luna Rossa and Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team, although it definitely lacked the expected thrills and excitement. It was an easy win for de Angelis and the Luna Rossa crew that forced a start on the right side of the course. Luna Rossa built an advantage of 2 boatlenghts in the first leg and by staying on the right side managed to increase the lead till the end of the match, despite some futile provocations from behind by Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team during the last leg.

Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team lost the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team lost the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Luna Rossa sailing to victory at the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Luna Rossa sailing to victory at the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

The second and last race of the day was another exhibition by Chris Dickson of his sailing skills. The BMW Oracle skipper dominated the prestart against Areva Challenge but was over the line early. By the time BMW Oracle had carried out their penalty the French had built a lead that kept during the first leg. At the top mark, Dickson had closed in on the French but rounded the wrong buoy. After protesting to the jury, the race went on and Dickson managed to catch up with Sébastien Col in the second leg. At the bottom mark he got inside the French forcing them to crush against the wharf. At the turn Areva touched the American boat and got a penalty. From that point Dickson covered and anticipated each move by the French, allowing him to cross the finish line first while Sébastien Col was offloading his penalty.

Chris Dickson (BMW Oracle) and Sébastien Col (Areva Challenge) racing at the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Chris Dickson is staging a sailing show in the Trieste Challenge. Nevertheless, the skipper of the America’s Cup Challenger of Record is facing a long winter in Valencia (or summer in Auckland?) getting ready for the moment of truth next April in Valencia. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Trieste Challenge provisional classification (after 7 races)

1. BMW Oracle Racing – 3 points (3 races)
2. Luna Rossa – 2 points (3 races)
3. Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – 2 points (3 races)
4. China Team – 0 points (2 races)
5. Areva Challenge – 0 points (3 races)

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Day two of Trieste Challenge: Yet another exhibition of sailing skills by Chris Dickson

Posted on 30 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

The second day of the Trieste Challenge provided nice and close racing but was unfortunately shortened by bad weather, resulting in just two races being completed out the five scheduled. Morning gusts of up to 30 knots forced the race committee to postpone racing till 3pm while an afternoon thunderstorm sent all boats back to the harbor.

Racing will start at 10am tomorrow and the tentative schedule calls for the completion of the first round robin.

The first match of the day was an Italian derby between Luna Rossa and Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team, although it definitely lacked the expected thrills and excitement. It was an easy win for de Angelis and the Luna Rossa crew that forced a start on the right side of the course. Luna Rossa built an advantage of 2 boatlenghts in the first leg and by staying on the right side managed to increase the lead till the end of the match, despite some futile provocations from behind by Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team during the last leg.

Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team lost the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team lost the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Luna Rossa sailing to victory at the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Luna Rossa sailing to victory at the Italian derby of the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

The second and last race of the day was another exhibition by Chris Dickson of his sailing skills. The BMW Oracle skipper dominated the prestart against Areva Challenge but was over the line early. By the time BMW Oracle had carried out their penalty the French had built a lead that kept during the first leg. At the top mark, Dickson had closed in on the French but rounded the wrong buoy. After protesting to the jury, the race went on and Dickson managed to catch up with Sébastien Col in the second leg. At the bottom mark he got inside the French forcing them to crush against the wharf. At the turn Areva touched the American boat and got a penalty. From that point Dickson covered and anticipated each move by the French, allowing him to cross the finish line first while Sébastien Col was offloading his penalty.

Chris Dickson (BMW Oracle) and Sébastien Col (Areva Challenge) racing at the second day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Chris Dickson is staging a sailing show in the Trieste Challenge. Nevertheless, the skipper of the America’s Cup Challenger of Record is facing a long winter in Valencia (or summer in Auckland?) getting ready for the moment of truth next April in Valencia. Trieste, 30 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Trieste Challenge provisional classification (after 7 races)

1. BMW Oracle Racing – 3 points (3 races)
2. Luna Rossa – 2 points (3 races)
3. Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team – 2 points (3 races)
4. China Team – 0 points (2 races)
5. Areva Challenge – 0 points (3 races)

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Flavio Favini speaks about Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team and the America’s Cup

Posted on 30 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team] Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team is starting an important period of preparation for the America´s Cup. Flavio Flavini, helmsman, speaks about this time. Flavio, nicknamed “Favonio”, was born with sailing in his blood. He began to sail when he was only 10 years old on Lago Maggiore and he has gone on to become one of Italy’s greatest sailors.

What has changed in Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team from September 2005 and September 2006?

The differences are substantial, in the sense that last year we had, in effect, just started… We started in April 2005 and just one month later we had our first regatta. Then from Valencia we went to Malmo and right after, Trapani. Last year we were in a hurry to prepare ourselves and we were practically thrown into racing. Then, we weren´t able to use our boat, ITA 77, in August or September because it was in transfer. The real work and real training couldn´t begin until October, once the regattas had finished. The substantial difference is that, from last autumn until this spring we have worked seriously at sea in a continuous mode. We trained pretty well.”

And we saw the results…

Yes, from last year to this year we have had a big improvement in the results. Anyway, the results from last year had to be seen from the perspective of a team that was just starting and had to speed up! To expect great results from last year wouldn’t make sense or was inconceivable in this game. Then the work started to bear fruit. I think that we have improved our boat handling in all areas, from helmsman to bowman to tailer…we have learned a lot just sailing.

You have certainly been able to get some better performance from the boat

“We had to understand 77 and to learn how to speed her up… It was surely from the hours spent sailing, we came to understand how to trim the sails properly, how to maneuver, and many other things. Now we must be smart and do the same with ITA 90.

What’s next?/What’s going to happen now?

Now comes the crucial part of our campaign: to get ready for the Louis Vuitton Cup. First, with ITA 90 and then with the new boat. The next months will be very important, much more so, considering the fact that our opponents are also working very very hard and are making progress.

Your first impression on the new format, pro’s and con’s

I think the negative is only in terms of costs: the more you race, as we have done over the last 2 years, the more the campaign costs. To race at this level costs a lot. The positives, on the other hand, are many. For example, I had never been very attracted to the America ’s Cup because I was not interested in years of speed testing. I like to race, and now, it´s really good fun…. All it takes is to organize with the other teams and you’re racing!

From these informal races between teams, little is said because of the privacy agreement between the teams…can you tell us how it works?

Basically we are able to race three or four times a week. It´s very easy: we organize a weekly calendar each week or 15 days, with the others who are interested, which is usually everyone. They are true regattas with instructions, start times, and umpires. One team provides the committee boat, the other lays out the marks. We organize over the phone or outside the team bases, but it’s never hard to find an opponent, including the Defender! In fact, sometimes they are the ones who call us.

How do you explain this change?

No one wants to “fossilize” themselves doing speed tests. Sure, a little work is still done outside of the prying eyes of others… some testing, some experimenting… and the big teams still race in-house. But I think that in the end you learn a lot more in competition. To go and face the others is always interesting. For me, it makes more sense to train well, than to try to hide.

Does that mean that everyone is revealing a lot? Boats, sails, gear?

There’s always some secret, but to me, to try to hide something is only a waste of time. It is better to train well than to try to hide what the others already know!

So, in autumn you expect to have a certain amount of work in-house and many more races with the others?

Yes, absolutely. We have the intention to continue to race as much as possible. To test could also mean to lose a lot of time. The conditions for a real test are usually wishful thinking. If they are not perfect, and they usually aren’t, when you go and analyze them you find yourself throwing away 80%.

Will you reveal 90 in all for all?

Well (he laughs), first of all we have to learn how to sail 90 to her best. Sure, there are things that we would like to keep to ourselves, but we are surely not going to go and race the others thinking how good we are at hiding something! What we have to do is improve and then win the races!”

Immediate plans for work?

September and October are very important due to the weather conditions. From November to February you generally sail only one day every three days. October will be our highspot with 90.

You have another six months and then from April, the Louis Vuitton… is that enough time?

It’s very little time. It´s flying away. I feel like we’ve just started. Time is flying also because doing this is fun, much more fun than I was told. Maybe it´s because we race so much…I am sure that we won’t even notice…and then we’re there at the first race.”

What is the strong point of Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team?

I believe that we train well, and I believe that we are learning very fast….yes, I´d say it´s our ability to learn.

A wish to be granted from the genie in the lantern?

That´s a hard question….I think the wish of everyone would be to have a fast boat or at least as fast as the others…”

What do you hope for, from the second new boat?

Clearly, and this is the key to the game…-that she beats 90 as soon as she goes in the water!

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First day of Trieste Challenge: BMW Oracle and Mascalzone Capitalia tied with two wins

Posted on 29 August 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Trieste Challenge, the first race to convene five America’s Cup teams after the last Louis Vuitton Acts in Valencia, started this afternoon in Trieste. Five America’s Cup teams are participating (BMW Oracle, Luna Rossa, Mascalzone Latino Capitalia, China Team and Areva Challenge) while, unfortunately, Alinghi renounced at the last moment due to the start of their training program in Valencia. The races take place inside Trieste’s harbor.

Five matches took place today, the first of which saw Francesco de Angelis of Luna Rossa trying to beat Chris Dickson of BMW Oracle without success. The New Zealander skipper of the American team beat the Italians in a race that was decided at the first leg. Luna Rossa was first to cross the starting line but BMW Oracle’s crew judiciously chose the right side of the race course and built an advantage of 4 seconds at the first mark. From that point, de Angelis was unable to reach Dickson.

Chris Dickson of BMW Oracle (left) sails to victory against Francesco de Angelis of Luna Rossa at the first day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 29 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

BMW Oracle’s skipper then went on to win over Pierre Mas of China Team, managing to overcome a two-boatlength disadvantage. The Chinese team started ahead of BMW Oracle who again chose the right side of the course. This time the left was the correct one and a puff of wind pushed Pierre Mas two boatlenghts in front of BMW Oracle. Nevertheless, that’s where Dickson showed his class and in the third leg caught up with Mas and forced him to slow down, coming to a virtual stop. At the right moment, Dickson speeds, passes the third mark ahead of China Team and sails on to victory.

In the third match of the day Jes Gram Hansen of Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team easily beat Pierre Mas of China Team, after forcing him to receive a penalty in pre-start. Despite the advantage the Chinese managed to build, the Italians caught up with them and won after the Chinese lost precious time offloading the penalty.

Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team at the first day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 29 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

Jes Gram Hansen beat Areva Challenge’s Sébastien Col in the day’s fourth and most disputed match, characterized by very light winds. The Italians started the race in an difficult position, carrying a penalty and with the French clearly leading. Still, in the second leg they managed to shrink the gap and offload their penalty. In addition, at the bottom mark, an excellent maneuver by Jes Gram Hansen forced Col to an error, as their gennaker touched the Italian boat. With such light winds and a level race, offloading the penalty cost the French too much time and the race.

Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team and Areva Challenge bowmen signaling the start of the race at the first day of the Trieste Challenge. Trieste, 29 August 2006. Photo copyright: Massimo Silvano / Trieste Challenge

In the day’s last race, Areva Challenge beat Luna Rossa on water but lost it after a protest by the Italian team. During the race, Areva lost one of their crew members but did not recover him, as they were obliged according to regulations. The jury agreed with Luna Rossa and awarded them the victory. It was a pitty for the French skipper, since Col had a comfortable lead of various boatlengths throughout the race.

Treiste Challenge provisional classification
BMW Oracle Racing 2 points
Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team 2 points
Luna Rossa 1 point
Areva Challenge 0 points
China Team 0 points

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