Monday, 15 March 2010

LVT: Third Win for ALL4ONE - against Aleph this time - in Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland!

ALL4ONE versus Aleph at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Image copyright Frank Socha/

by Stephanie Nadin

ALL4ONE Sunday won its match against Aleph (5th match of the Round Robin), which allows the French-German team to get a 3rd point on its scoreboard.

A point that the team had to win to continue its nice progression in the competition, where it has two important matches remaining to be raced to finish the Round Robin (one tomorrow against Synergy and one on Tuesday against Artemis).

This time, Sebastien Col managed to take the team to the right of the race course, according to the strategy that the afterguard had decided for Sunday.

After a long leg after the start on the right, ALL4ONE came back to make the first cross in front of Aleph, sending them back to the left side of the race course by then.

ALL4ONE then continued to control the right side of the race course, using the wind shifts, so that the French-German team managed to take an important advantage which grew even bigger at the end of the first upwind leg, after having pushed Aleph to do two more tacks.

ALL4ONE rounded the first mark 30 seconds ahead.

The team continued to increase its advantage while controlling Aleph all along the race, and ALL4ONE crossed the finish line 1 minute and 6 seconds ahead.

ALL4ONE at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Image copyright Frank Socha/

Jochen Schümann, Skipper and Sports Director for ALL4ONE: "All these races are very tough. And I think that in contradiction to yesterday's race against Emirates Team New Zealand, this was an important race because we had to make this point for the overall result. That's why we had a clear plan to start with speed and stay out of trouble with them so that we have a race over the whole length of the course, and I think we really fulfilled our plan there: full speed start, sailing on the lifted tack first, then we had a little gain already which made the race looking very easy from the outside, but we sailed well the shifts and we kept gaining and gaining, so very good race wise. Everyone feels more confident; every race here is kind of a practice for us. That's the same for all the teams. I think the quality of racing gets higher and higher, and I guess the guys that didn't do that many points probably also get more aggressive each race so, the intensity of racing increases."

ALL4ONE will race against Russian team Synergy Monday for its 6th match in the Round Robin.

Race 1: ALL4ONE wins by 1'06 sec over Aleph
Race 2: Emirates Team New Zealand wins by 42 sec over Azzurra
Race 3: TeamOrigin wins by 1'18 sec over Synergy
Race 4: Mascalzone Latino Audi Team wins by 1'03 sec over Artemis

Louis Vuitton Trophy

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