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Only One Match Of Flight Four Completed


Only One Match Of Flight Four Completed

The Race Committee was able to complete this afternoon only one of the four matches of Flight 4 of Round Robin Two. As already previuosly announced, the matches between Luna Rossa and Alinghi and between Le Defi and GBR Challenge, part of Flight 4, have been postponed to a further date due to technical failures on the Italian and French boats. Later in the afternoon another scheduled match was postponed due to technical failure on Stars & Stripes that was not fixable in time for the 4pm start. Oracle, who was supposed to race against Stars & Stripes, filed a protest.

Matteo Plazzi, navigator on Luna Rossa, comments on today's racing: "We had a couple of technical problems on our boat today. At the first tack we broke the starboard pedestal of the primary winch. Then, on the downwind leg, we broke the transmission between the pedestal and the secondary winch. We could not make the necessary repairs on board and the Committee granted us the postponement. However, these breakages are easy to fix on shore with enough time for the glue to cure. Unfortunately, at times the boats suffer some damages and there is no reason to start a race if the boat is not 100% competitive".

Flights 5 and 6 of Round Robin Two will be sailed tomorrow, weather permitting. The matches of the day, broadcasted live on TV, will be: OneWorld USA 67 versus Stars & Stripes USA 66 and One World versus Oracle BMW Racing USA 76.

Results Of This Afternoon's Racing FLIGHT 4 OF ROUND ROBIN TWO - Off OneWorld USA 67 Match 1 Oracle BMW Racing USA 76 against Stars & Stripes USA 66 (match abandoned) Match 2 Wight Lightning GBR 70 against Le Defi FRA 69 (match postponed due to technical problems) Match 3 Alinghi SUI 64 against Luna Rossa ITA 74 (match postponed due to technical problems) Match 4 Orm SWE 73 wins against Mascalzone Latino ITA 72 (1' 17" lead)

Race Course Windward leeward course of 12.5 miles, four legs total, two windward legs and two downwind legs; first and last legs are 3.25 miles, the remaining two are 3.00 miles.

Current Overall Standings At The End Of Today's Racing 1. Alinghi Swiss Challenge, 10 pts (10 wins out of 11 races) 1. OneWorld Challenge, 10 pts (10 wins out of 11 races) * 3. Prada Challenge, 7 pts (7 wins out of 11 races) 4. Oracle BMW Racing, 6 pts (6 wins out of 10 races) 5. Victory Challenge, 6 pts (6 wins out of 11 races) 6. GBR Challenge, 5 pts (5 wins out of 10 races) 7. Team Dennis Conner, 4 pts (4 wins out of 11 races) 8. Mascalzone Latino, 1 pt (1 win out of 12 races) 9. Le Defi Areva, 0 pts (0 wins out of 11 races) * OneWorld will be penalised one point at the end of Round Robin Two.


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