Thursday, 27 May 2010

LVT: ALL4ONE in Second Place after winning against Luna Rossa at the Louis Vuitton Trophy - La Maddalena

ALL4ONE trails BMW ORACLE Racing. Image copyright Frank Socha/

by Stephanie Nadin

The Round Robin matches continue on the Louis Vuitton Trophy - La Maddalena, and the teams are now racing on one pair of boats (Mascalzone Latino's ones), due to the fact that the BMW Oracle Racing boats were damaged in a collision yesterday between two teams. But the race committee has launched still five matches today, taking advantage of the good wind conditions.

ALL4ONE's races of the day:

ALL4ONE got the best of its first start, bow out on BMW Oracle Racing. James Spithill hung in and got an edge but Seb Col took him all the way to the port layline and they rounded the top mark bow to stern with the French-German boat leading. One gybe on the run and Spithill rolled his opponent approaching the leeward mark in a flurry of gybes. The Americans held the lead for the next two legs to win.

Then ALL4ONE won the right hand side of the race course in the match against Luna Rossa, and with starboard tack advantage upwind, the French-German team was able to prevent Luna Rossa from crossing clear ahead. ALL4ONE kept the lead of the race until they crossed the finish line 35 seconds ahead.

Sebastien Col, Helmsman, and Jochen Schümann, Skipper and Strategist, both comment: "Today's results are very positive, with one win and one loss. The last match against Luna Rossa has been particularly tough, with a very shifty wind at the end of the day. But we made the right decisions, as we managed to take control of the race after the first cross. The difference with what we were doing before is that now we manage to stay in the leading position, and then to extend our advance. We really improved on that since a few days. It is a way of winning we were aiming at for some time now."

ALL4ONE. Image copyright Frank Socha/

ALL4ONE will not race tomorrow, and the team will take the opportunity to have some rest, before coming back to racing on Friday!

Results Day 5 - Round Robin
Race 1 : Mascalzone Latino wins over Synergy
Race 2 : Emirates Team New Zealand wins by 4 sec over Synergy
Race 3 : BMW Oracle Racing wins by 17 sec over ALL4ONE
Race 4 : Artemis wins by 35 sec over Luna Rossa
Race 5 : ALL4ONE wins by 35 sec over Luna Rossa

Round Robin part-results
Artemis 4
Mascalzone Latino 2
Emirates Team New Zealand 2
Azzurra 2
Synergy 2
TeamOrigin 2
BMW Oracle Racing 1
Luna Rossa 1
Aleph -2

Louis Vuitton Trophy