Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


No surprises for LE DEFI AREVA on the final day

Press Release 37 - Sunday 3 November, Auckland

No surprises for LE DEFI AREVA on the final day of RRII

The last race of Round Robin II for LE DEFI AREVA against Oracle BMW Racing held no surprises for the French team. The Americans were bigger, stronger and faster in today’s windy conditions and came home with a comfortable 1.07 minute lead over FRA 69.

The match depart was delayed at 10.30am due to a lack of wind on the Hauraki Gulf, but by 1.15pm a stiff southwest breeze had come up and racing finally commenced.

Despite a promising pre-start by the French crew, USA 76 - helmed by New Zealander Chris Dickson - was quicker off the mark, leading FRA 69 across the start by one boat-length. This was a significant handicap for the French who were forced up the right hand side of the course by USA 76. In this position, the Americans were easily able to blanket the breeze coming in from the left hand side of the course, pushing FRA 69 out towards the layline and extending their lead.

Oracle BMW Racing’s impressive boat speed in 17-19 knots of wind saw them pull away up to the top mark, rounding already 46 seconds ahead. This lead extended to 1.02 minutes at the second mark after a leeward leg of follow-the-leader, USA 76 peaking at a 360m advantage.

The final round of the shortened course saw LE DEFI AREVA maintain a solid performance to reach the third mark 1.06 minutes behind USA 76. The Americans were only able to gain 1 second on the final leg, finishing with a 1.07 minute advantage – encouragingly less than the 2.52 minutes recorded in the first Round Robin.

LE DEFI AREVA will spend the break leading up to the Quarter-Finals testing modifications, practise-sailing with FRA 69 and FRA 79, honing on-board teamwork and resting up for the next two weeks of racing.

"The regattas we have raced over the last three days have been really good for us", says Luc Pillot, LE DEFI AREVA’s skipper and helmsman. "Even against GBR on Friday and Oracle today, we made progress and I can feel the team’s confidence building each time we go out.

"We always said that we needed to make time to give ourselves enough time to develop our potential, and that is what we have done by qualifying for the Quarter-Finals. Just! We intend to use the next few days as constructively as we can, so we are primed for racing again on 12 November."

The only other result from today’s racing was Oracle’s second match of the day where they beat Victory Challenge (SWE 73) by 43 seconds.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland