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Louis Vuitton Cup – Round Robin 2 – Day 9: Mascalzone Latino lose to BMW Oracle after early start

Posted on 07 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The race between Mascalzone Capitalia and BMW Oracle was practically over before it even started. When one faces Chris Dickson on USA-98, the slightest error can be paid dearly and this is exactly what happened to the Italians. ITA-99 crossed the starting line 2 seconds before the start gun was fired and by the time they recrossed, BMW Oracle’s USA-98 had powered away. It was impossible for Mascalzone Capitalia to catch up and they finished almost a minute behind BMW Oracle.

According to the watch on the committee boat there are still 2 seconds to go before the gun is fired but ITA-99 has already crossed the start line. Valencia, 7 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Latino have to recross the starting line while BMW Oracle power ahead. Valencia, 7 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

There wasn’t much Cameron Dunn could do when he took the helm of ITA-99 at that stage. Valencia, 7 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Louis Vuitton Cup – Round Robin 2 – Day 9: Mascalzone Latino lose to BMW Oracle after early start

Posted on 07 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The race between Mascalzone Capitalia and BMW Oracle was practically over before it even started. When one faces Chris Dickson on USA-98, the slightest error can be paid dearly and this is exactly what happened to the Italians. ITA-99 crossed the starting line 2 seconds before the start gun was fired and by the time they recrossed, BMW Oracle’s USA-98 had powered away. It was impossible for Mascalzone Capitalia to catch up and they finished almost a minute behind BMW Oracle.

According to the watch on the committee boat there are still 2 seconds to go before the gun is fired but ITA-99 has already crossed the start line. Valencia, 7 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Latino have to recross the starting line while BMW Oracle power ahead. Valencia, 7 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

There wasn’t much Cameron Dunn could do when he took the helm of ITA-99 at that stage. Valencia, 7 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Mascalzone Capitalia found in breach, match against Desafío Español to be resailed

Posted on 03 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

According to the official America’s Cup website, Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team has been found in breach of the America’s Cup Class Rule during its win over Desafío Español 2007.

In its findings the Jury stated it is satisfied that the breach had no significant effect on the outcome on the match. Notice of Race 14.2 allows the Jury to impose a penalty other than disqualification in such circumstances. The Jury considers that the most equitable arrangement is to re-sail the match and impose a fine of 10 000 euros. Arrangements for the re-sail will be made with the Regatta Director and will be included in the written decision to be published on Friday.

Always according to the official America’s Cup website, Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team acknowledged using the backstays in the manner described by Desafío Español and the Measurement Committee advised the Jury that they had determined ACC Rule 44.1 had been broken.

In effect, the Italian team had the backstays stowed alongside the mast for much of the two upwind legs, to avoid drag, but set them up before the final run, to provide more support to the topmast.

It seems that our photo sequence confirms the last sentence. While no backstays were apparent in the start of the race and the rounding of the leeward gate, the crew on ITA-99 set them up in the last downwind leg, or at least, they could be seen when the yacht approached the finish line.

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Mascalzone Capitalia found in breach, match against Desafío Español to be resailed

Posted on 03 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

According to the official America’s Cup website, Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team has been found in breach of the America’s Cup Class Rule during its win over Desafío Español 2007.

In its findings the Jury stated it is satisfied that the breach had no significant effect on the outcome on the match. Notice of Race 14.2 allows the Jury to impose a penalty other than disqualification in such circumstances. The Jury considers that the most equitable arrangement is to re-sail the match and impose a fine of 10 000 euros. Arrangements for the re-sail will be made with the Regatta Director and will be included in the written decision to be published on Friday.

Always according to the official America’s Cup website, Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team acknowledged using the backstays in the manner described by Desafío Español and the Measurement Committee advised the Jury that they had determined ACC Rule 44.1 had been broken.

In effect, the Italian team had the backstays stowed alongside the mast for much of the two upwind legs, to avoid drag, but set them up before the final run, to provide more support to the topmast.

It seems that our photo sequence confirms the last sentence. While no backstays were apparent in the start of the race and the rounding of the leeward gate, the crew on ITA-99 set them up in the last downwind leg, or at least, they could be seen when the yacht approached the finish line.

CHECK ALL THE PHOTOS HERE

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Desafío Español files protest against Mascalzone Capitalia

Posted on 03 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

According to the official America’s website, Desafío Español filed a protest against Mascalzone Capitalia for an incident that took place during the race between the two teams on May 2, 2007.

According to the Spanish claim, the Italians breached the ACC rules concerning the use of backstays. According to rule 44.1, “Whilst racing…backstays, topmast backstays and check stays shall remain permanently attached to their fixing points on the mast and the hull, deck or cockpit and in the same load bearing position throughout the race.”

According to the Spanish claim, Mascalzone Capitalia breached the rule with the improper use of the backstays.

Here is a series of photos taken from that race:

Prestart of the race between Mascalzone Capitalia and Desafío Español. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 and Desafío Español’s ESP-97 approach the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 and Desafío Español’s ESP-97 approach the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 during the last stretch of the race’s last leg, a few hundred meters before the finish line. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 crosses the finish line. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Desafío Español files protest against Mascalzone Capitalia

Posted on 03 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

According to the official America’s website, Desafío Español filed a protest against Mascalzone Capitalia for an incident that took place during the race between the two teams on May 2, 2007.

According to the Spanish claim, the Italians breached the ACC rules concerning the use of backstays. According to rule 44.1, “Whilst racing…backstays, topmast backstays and check stays shall remain permanently attached to their fixing points on the mast and the hull, deck or cockpit and in the same load bearing position throughout the race.”

According to the Spanish claim, Mascalzone Capitalia breached the rule with the improper use of the backstays.

Here is a series of photos taken from that race:

Prestart of the race between Mascalzone Capitalia and Desafío Español. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 and Desafío Español’s ESP-97 approach the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 and Desafío Español’s ESP-97 approach the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 during the last stretch of the race’s last leg, a few hundred meters before the finish line. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s ITA-99 crosses the finish line. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Louis Vuitton Cup – Round Robin 2 – Day 4: Mascalzone Capitalia beat Desafío Español from the start

Posted on 02 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

In the south race course most of the matches were thrilling and close but in the north course the match of the day was actually decided very early, even before the starting gun was fired. The match between Mascalzone Capitalia and Desafío Español was indeed one-sided, with the Italians in control throughout the whole race due to wrong tack by Karol Jablonski half a minute before the start.

The Spanish boat appeared to control the prestart but at half a minute from the start Desafío Español tacked towards the right in a turn to which the Italian team responded by pursuing the Spaniards and at the last moment forcing the Spanish boat to lose speed and pass the starting line behind their opponent.

As both Cameron Dunn, helmsman of Mascalzone Capitalia, and Luis Doreste, Desafío Español strategist, clearly stated, these boats are very similar in speed and under stable wind conditions, it is very difficult, if not impossible to pass the other boat after such a disadvantaged start.

The Spanish fought hard to regain some of the lost ground and despite a small snafu of the Italians with their spinnaker drop at the leeward gate, Mascalzone Capitalia crossed the finish line with a 35-second advantage.

Desafío Español hoisted a jib 10 minutes before the starting gun. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Only to lower it and hoist another one 2 minutes later. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Prestart of the race between Mascalzone Capitalia and Desafío Español. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The turning point of the prestart and the whole race. Desafío Español decide to tack towards the right. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

That gives Italians the opportunity to tack towards the pin end and accelerate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Desafío Español cross the start line 11 seconds behind Mascalzone Capitalia. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Desafío Español and Mascalzone Capitalia approaching the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Desafío Español and Mascalzone Capitalia approaching the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s spinnaker drop was quite sloppy. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

On the contrary, crew work aboard Desafío Español’s ESP-97 was almost flawless. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

It took Paolo Bottari an agonizing minute to put back the spinnaker pole into position at the start of the second upwind leg. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Italians managed to increase their lead over Desafío Español in the final leg. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Last gybe for Mascalzone Capitalia…. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

… and two extremely valuable points in the pocket. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Louis Vuitton Cup – Round Robin 2 – Day 4: Mascalzone Capitalia beat Desafío Español from the start

Posted on 02 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

In the south race course most of the matches were thrilling and close but in the north course the match of the day was actually decided very early, even before the starting gun was fired. The match between Mascalzone Capitalia and Desafío Español was indeed one-sided, with the Italians in control throughout the whole race due to wrong tack by Karol Jablonski half a minute before the start.

The Spanish boat appeared to control the prestart but at half a minute from the start Desafío Español tacked towards the right in a turn to which the Italian team responded by pursuing the Spaniards and at the last moment forcing the Spanish boat to lose speed and pass the starting line behind their opponent.

As both Cameron Dunn, helmsman of Mascalzone Capitalia, and Luis Doreste, Desafío Español strategist, clearly stated, these boats are very similar in speed and under stable wind conditions, it is very difficult, if not impossible to pass the other boat after such a disadvantaged start.

The Spanish fought hard to regain some of the lost ground and despite a small snafu of the Italians with their spinnaker drop at the leeward gate, Mascalzone Capitalia crossed the finish line with a 35-second advantage.

Desafío Español hoisted a jib 10 minutes before the starting gun. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Only to lower it and hoist another one 2 minutes later. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Prestart of the race between Mascalzone Capitalia and Desafío Español. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The turning point of the prestart and the whole race. Desafío Español decide to tack towards the right. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

That gives Italians the opportunity to tack towards the pin end and accelerate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Desafío Español cross the start line 11 seconds behind Mascalzone Capitalia. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Desafío Español and Mascalzone Capitalia approaching the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Desafío Español and Mascalzone Capitalia approaching the leeward gate. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Mascalzone Capitalia’s spinnaker drop was quite sloppy. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

On the contrary, crew work aboard Desafío Español’s ESP-97 was almost flawless. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

It took Paolo Bottari an agonizing minute to put back the spinnaker pole into position at the start of the second upwind leg. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Italians managed to increase their lead over Desafío Español in the final leg. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Last gybe for Mascalzone Capitalia…. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

… and two extremely valuable points in the pocket. Valencia, 2 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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