Sunday, 15 November 2009

LVT: ALL4ONE Gets Revenge on Azzurra and Scores First Point in Round Robin 2

Better day for ALL4ONE for the beginning of Round Robin 2 at the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice!

ALL4ONE gets revenge on Azzurra. Image copyright Frank Socha.

by Stephanie Nadin

Even if they didn't win their first match against Emirates Team New Zealand, the French-German team did a really nice job winning the start in light conditions with 7-8 knots of wind.

ALL4ONE was leading the Kiwis by almost 3 boats lengths just after the start. But ETNZ had the favoured right-hand side of the racecourse. When they tacked to starboard they were lifted inside of ALL4ONE and led around the windward mark. Emirates Team New Zealand stretched that lead at the second windward mark and won the match.

The second flight of the day saw a nice victory of ALL4ONE against Italian team Azzurra, and the French-German team got its revenge from the Round Robin 1. Both crews started on starboard tack with ALL4ONE to leeward. Azzurra was forced to tack away about 90 seconds into the match. ALL4ONE continued and then covered in port. The two competitors traded tacks four times, with ALL4ONE tacking in front, before finally crossing to the right. ALL4ONE led at the windward mark by 39 seconds, and covered the rest of the way.

Sebastien Col, ALL4ONE helmsman: “we had two good starts today. First one was against ETNZ, but we didn't turn it into a point, and we missed the opportunity to take the lead in this match. We refocused straight away for the 2nd match against Azzurra, where we more or less adopted the same strategy to take a good start, and all the afterguard then did a really good job to keep the lead, knowing that in these light conditions it was not easy. The team is building nicely and we’re progressing in our development. We’ll take all the points we can win in this second part of the competition as little gifts.”

Yves Carcelle (Louis Vuitton) as 18th man on board ALL4ONE. Image copyright Frank Socha.

FLEET STANDINGS (Through Round 2: Flight 2)

1. Emirates Team New Zealand, 7-1
2. TeamOrigin, 6-2
3. Azzurra, 6-3
4. Artemis, 3-4
5. Synergy, 3-4
6. BMW, 3-4
7. All4One, 3-6
8. TFS – PagesJaunes, 1-8

Round Robin 2 Pairing list for 15/11/09:

BMW Oracle Racing vs TeamOrigin
Synergy vs Artemis
ETNZ vs BMW Oracle Racing
ALL4ONE vs Artemis
TeamOrigin vs Synergy
TFS PagesJaunes vs ETNZ

Louis Vuitton Trophy

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