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Americas Cup Challenger Series RR2 Begins

The second Round Robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup (the Challenger Selection Series for the XXX America's Cup) started Today.

Team Prada will sail with the boat Luna Rossa ITA 45 again, as in Round Robin One.

Luna Rossa will race tomorrow against FAST2000 (skipper Marc Pajot), the Swiss team who unveiled their boat last Saturday showing the revolutionary configuration with two keels.

Francesco de Angelis, skipper and helmsman of Luna Rossa, declared today during the opening press conference: "Like everybody else we have been very busy during the past few days. We went sailing with both boats. We used our time to improve small things. We worked on the boats, mast and on crew manouvering. We had also time to plan some changes for the future".

All the teams except the Swiss made some modifications to their boats which will thus race in this round with a new measurement certificate.

The racing schedule is the same as Round Robin One, but only one race per day is scheduled instead of two (with the exception that two races per day will be held if the Race Committee is running short of time to conclude the round).

Each yacht will receive 4 points per win, whilst in Round One each victory was worth 1 point only. The starting signal shall not be made before 12.10 local time unless the Committee announces its intention to run two races per day.

Matches 1,2 and 3 will be run on the Atlantic course, matches 4 and 5 on Pacific. The first boat listed in the pairing denotes port entry at the start line.

The race course is a windward-leeward format as in Round One, but the yachts will complete three laps instead of two for a total of 18.5 nautical miles.

ROUND ROBIN TWO SCHEDULE:
Race 1 - 6 November
1st Match America True vs Young America
2nd Match Abracadabra 2000 vs Nippon Challenge
3rd Match Prada Challenge vs FAST2000
4th Match Team Dennis Conner vs Le Defi
5th Match Spanish Challenge vs AmericaOne
NOT RACING Young Australia 2000

Race 2 - 7 November
1st Match Nippon Challenge vs Prada Challenge
2nd Match Young America vs Spanish Challenge
3rd Match AmericaOne vs America True
4th Match Le Defi vs Young Australia 2000
5th Match FAST2000 vs Abracadabra 2000
NOT RACING Team Dennis Conner

Race 3 - 8 November
1st Match Spanish Challenge vs Le Defi
2nd Match FAST2000 vs AmericaOne
3rd Match Team Dennis Conner vs Abracadabra 2000
4th Match Young Australia 2000 vs Prada Challenge
5th Match Nippon Challenge vs Young America
NOT RACING America True

Race 4 - 9 November
1st Match Abracadabra 2000 vs Young Australia 2000
2nd Match Young America vs FAST2000
3rd Match AmericaOne vs Nippon Challenge
4th Match Prada Challenge vs Team Dennis Conner
5th Match Le Defi vs America True
NOT RACING Spanish Challenge

Race 5 - 10 November
1st Match Prada Challenge vs Spanish Challenge
2nd Match Team Dennis Conner vs Nippon Challenge
3rd Match Le Defi vs Young America
4th Match America True vs Abracadabra 2000
5th Match Young Australia 2000 vs FAST2000
NOT RACING AmericaOne

Race 6 - 11 November
1st Match AmericaOne vs Le Defi
2nd Match Nippon Challenge vs Young Australia 2000
3rd Match Spanish Challenge vs Abracadabra 2000
4th Match Prada Challenge vs America True
5th Match FAST2000 vs Team Dennis Conner
NOT RACING Young America

Race 7 - 12 November
1st Match Young Australia 2000 vs Spanish Challenge
2nd Match Team Dennis Conner vs America True
3rd Match Le Defi vs Nippon Challenge
4th Match Abracadabra 2000 vs Young America
5th Match AmericaOne vs Prada Challenge
NOT RACING FAST2000

Race 8 - 13 November
1st Match FAST2000 vs Le Defi
2nd Match Spanish Challenge vs Team Dennis Conner
3rd Match Amercia True vs Young Australia 2000
4th Match Abracadabra 2000 vs AmericaOne
5th Match Young America vs Prada Challenge
NOT RACING Nippon Challenge

Race 9 - 14 November
1st Match Team Dennis Conner AmericaOne
2nd Match FAST2000 vs America True
3rd Match Young Australia 2000 vs Young America
4th Match Nippon Challenge vs Spanish Challenge
5th Match Le Defi vs Abracadabra 2000
NOT RACING Prada Challenge

Race 10 - 15 November
1st Match AmericaOne vs Young Australia 2000
2nd Match Prada Challenge vs Le Defi
3rd Match America True vs Nippon Challenge
4th Match Spanish Challenge vs FAST2000
5th Match Young America vs Team Dennis Conner
NOT RACING Abracadabra 2000

Race 11 - 16 November
1st Match Nippon Challenge vs FAST2000
2nd Match Abracadabra 2000 vs Prada Challenge
3rd Match America True vs Spanish Challenge
4th Match Young America vs AmericaOne
5th Match Young Australia 2000 vs Team Dennis Conner
NOT RACING Le Defi

RESULTS AFTER ROUND ROBIN ONE (one point per win)
10 pts - ITA 45 (Luna Rossa)
8 pts - USA 53 (Young America)
8 pts - USA 49 (AmericaOne)
6 pts - USA 51 (America True)
5,5 pts - JPN 44 (Asura)
5 pts - ESP 47 (Bravo Espana)
4,5 pts - USA 55 (Stars & Stripes)
4 pts - USA 54 (Abracadabra 2000)
2 pts - FRA 46 (6eme Sens)
1 pt - AUS 29 (Young Australia 2000)
0 pts - SUI 59 (be hAPpy)

THE RACE COURSE
Windward-leeward format, 18.5 nautical miles; six legs, three upwind and three downwind; the first and the last legs are 3.25 miles long, the others 3.00 miles.

THE WEATHER TODAY
N winds, 13-16 knots. Mostly cloudy with a few showers. Swell up to 1.5 metres.

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