Wednesday, 10 March 2010

LVT: One Win and One Loss for ALL4ONE at end of second day in Auckland

ALL4ONE in Race 2 of Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Image copyright Frank Socha/

by Stephanie Nadin

The key of the regatta in today's conditions was to win the right side of the race course after the start. Everything was very good on the right: current, line and positioning. So both teams took a lot of risks to take this side of the race course, and ALL4ONE which entered on port side of the start line has had a bit more difficulties to set its timing to come back at the end of the start process.

The start was very close, and won by half a second by TeamOrigin. Even if ALL4ONE also took a good start, the team skippered by Jochen Schümann was forced to tack on the left of the race course quite early. From there both teams sailed well, ALL4ONE putting pressure behind TeamOrigin during all the race that sailed a well-managed regatta.

The French-German team didn't make any big mistake, but TeamOrigin deserved this point.

Sebastien Col, Helmsman: "TeamOrigin is a serious opponent. We had a very nice race with close situations, particularly on the start. They took some risks and it paid back for them because they took the right side of the race course and they managed to keep control. On our side, we managed to sail quite well behind them, with nice manoeuvres and keeping ourselves close to them, except on the last leg downwind where we tried something to come back. It didn't really work, but we didn't have much to lose trying at this stage of the race. The level of the competition is very high here. We have one win and one loss for the moment on our scoreboard, but we sailed well today with consistency, without making any big mistake. We just have some small details to work on for the rest of the competition."

ALL4ONE will sail against Azzurra (ITA) tomorrow for its third match in the Round Robin.

ALL4ONE in Race 2 of Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Image copyright Frank Socha/

Sebastien Col: "The challenge will be to be fast all along the race, as that team is almost never weak on that aspect. They know how to use opportunities and they are patient. So we have to be careful not to make any mistake that they could be using as they usually do, and for example like they did yesterday against TeamOrigin. We have our chances as there will be a bit more wind tomorrow, and our team is confident. We sailed well since the beginning of the event, so we are working on good bases in this Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland."

Race 1: TEAMORIGIN wins by 1'33 sec over ALL4ONE
Race 2: Emirates Team New Zealand wins by 4'43 sec over Mascalzone Latino (with technical problem on board)
Race 3: Azzurra wins by 41 sec over Synergy
Race 4: Artemis wins by 1'21 sec over Aleph

Louis Vuitton Trophy

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