Third victory, Luna Rossa first on the leaderboard


In the only match raced today Luna Rossa faced off against United Internet Team Germany (GER 89).

Weather conditions saw winds were from the north east at 6-7 knots, cloudy skies and moderate seas. In the pre-start ITA 94 enters form port and Spithill avoids Jesper Bank’s attempt to corner him into a dial-up.

ITA 94 cuts the line on the pin end, the Germans on the Committee boat end and the two boats head off towards opposite sides of the race course. Up the first beat lateral distance between the two reaches 1,500 meters with GER 89 in the lead thanks to a right hand wind shift.

Luna Rossa makes up the distance, passes in command and rounds the windward mark with a 46 second delta. After tacking, falling off and hoisting the gennaker ITA 94 sails along the starboard side of the race course with the Germans trailing by 5 boat lengths.

One hour and 27 minutes after the start Luna Rossa wins the race against United Internet Team Germany. After her third victory in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup Luna Rossa is at the top of the leaderboard.

Torben Grael, Team Luna Rossa’s tactician, comments: 'James did a great start and then the race was hard fought. It’s a great moment for our weather team. They have done a spectacular job. Of course sooner or later mistakes will be made, but that is only normal.'

Talking then about the lateral separation which occurred during the race the Brazilian pointed out: ' With light wind it’s not a good idea to sail too close to one another because there is the risk of getting sucked in. Of course separation is a risk, but we were right.'

Crew
1. Runner/Trimmer - Francesco de Angelis
2. Helmsman - James Spithill
3. Tactician - Torben Grael
4. Navigator - Michele Ivaldi
5. Afterguard - Ben Durham
6. Traveller - Andrew Horton
7. Runner - Magnus Augustson
8. Main Trimmer - Jonathan McKee
9. Main Grinder - Gilberto Nobili
10. Trimmer - Joe Newton
11. Trimmer - Christian Kamp
12. Grinder - Emanuele Marino
13. Grinder - Andrew Taylor
14. Pitman - Simone de Mari
15. Mast - Shannon Falcone
16. Mid-bow - Massimiliano Sirena
17. Bow - Alan Smith

Other results
'Louis Vuitton Cup' - Round Robin 1 - Flight 3

Victory Challenge (SWE 96) wins against China Team (CHN 95)
BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98) wins against Team Shosholoza (RSA 83)
AREVA Challenge (FRA 93) wins against Desafío Espanol 2007 (ESP 97)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) wins against +39 Challenge (ITA 85)
Bye Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team (ITA 99)

Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 1 - provisional scoreboard
(Source: www.americascup.com)
Pos. - Team - Races won - Race srun - RR1 points - Bonus points - Total LVC points
1 - BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98) - 3/3 - 6 - 3 - 9
1 - Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) - 3/3 - 6 - 3 - 9
3 - Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) - 1/2 - 2 - 4 - 6
3 - Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team (ITA 99) - 2/2 - 4 - 2 - 6
3 - Victory Challenge (SWE 96) - 2/3 - 4 - 2 - 6
6 - Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97) - 1/2 - 2 - 3 - 5
6 - AREVA Challenge (FRA 93) - 2/3 - 4 - 1 - 5
8 - Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) - 1/3 - 2 - 2 - 4
9 - +39 Challenge (ITA 85) - 0/3 - 0 - 2* - 2
10 - United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) - 0/3 - 0 - 1 - 1
10 - China Team (CHN 95) - 0/3 - 0 - 1 - 1
* awarded redress

Tomorrow’s program - Monday, April 23rd

'Louis Vuitton Cup' - Round Robin 1 - Flight 4
United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) - China Team (CHN 95)
Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) – Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94)
Victory Challenge (SWE 96) - BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98)
AREVA Challenge (FRA 93) - Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92)
Desafío Espanol 2007 (ESP 97) - Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team (ITA 99)
Bye +39 Challenge (ITA 85)

'Louis Vuitton Cup' - Round Robin 1 - Flight 5
China Team (CHN 95) - Team Shosholoza (RSA 83)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) - Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97)
Victory Challenge (SWE 96) - United Internet Team Germany (GER 89)
Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) - BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98)
+39 Challenge (ITA 85) - Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team (ITA 99)
Bye AREVA Challenge (FRA 93)
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