Friday, 12 March 2010

LVT: Second Win for ALL4ONE in Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland!

ALL4ONE wins Race 3 of Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Image copyright Frank Socha/

by Stephanie Nadin

20 knots of wind today in Auckland, and still beautiful sun over the race course: ideal conditions are gathered for the eight teams taking part to the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland, and they offer a top level competition and really tight regattas for the great pleasure of the crews and the public.

Any team can win, and every match of the Round Robin is important for the next steps of the competition.

And what a 3rd match for ALL4ONE today against Azzurra! Great tactics, great manoeuvres from the French-German team, which remained very close on the first leg without giving anything away straight from the start. They finally managed to take over the advantage in the match when approaching the first mark upwind, that they rounded 11 seconds ahead.

ALL4ONE continued to increase their lead to end up 46 seconds ahead on the finish line.

ALL4ONE wins Race 3 of Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Image copyright Frank Socha/

After its first point scored on the first day against the other Italian team Mascalzone Latino, ALL4ONE confirmed its potential, with a team in good shape, very concentrated and 100% focused on the competition.

John Cutler, Tactician: "I think the key in this match was good crew work, good boat control, even when things were not going our way, everyone kept it together. We turned a difficult situation into the start to being close enough to put pressure on Azzurra up on the first leg. Good tacking, really good grinding, good driving by Sebastien Col: we just kept coming back at them, and at the end we managed to squeeze them out at the top mark, which was really good for us. We then kept control of the race, even if they were putting pressure on us.

"The Team is very motivated, as it is tough: we've been practicing in light conditions, waiting for the breeze. Then today we had to go straight into 15 to 23 knots of wind. It's a struggle to react, and we know it is going to be windy the next few days. So I think everybody is like "yep, we know how to sail when it's windy. We look forward to racing tomorrow and hopefully get another point." One day at a time!"

ALL4ONE will race against John Cutler's compatriots tomorrow for its 4th match in the Round Robin, that is to say Emirates Team New Zealand.

Race 1: Emirates Team New Zealand wins over TeamOrigin (retired from race)
Race 2: ALL4ONE wins by 46 sec over Azzurra
Race 3: Mascalzone Latino wins by 55 sec over Aleph
Race 4: Artemis wins by 41 sec over Synergy

Louis Vuitton Trophy

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