With the wind strength increasing, the new crew of the British TEAMORIGIN syndicate was in total control from the start of its encounter with Italian's Luna Rossa. With two Olympic gold medallists in the afterguard - Ben AINSLIE (GBR) at the helm, and Iain PERCY (GBR) calling tactics - TEAMORIGIN won the start and after a spirited tacking duel up the middle of the course, established a 22s lead around the first mark. Despite efforts by Luna Rossa helmsman Peter HOLMBERG (ISV), the British team pulled away to win by 1m 11s.
In the third race, sailing on home waters, Emirate Team New Zealand's skipper/helmsman Dean BARKER (NZL) led from start to finish against Damiani Italia Challenge. Francesco BRUNI (ITA) on the helm of the Italian boat started in synch with the Kiwis with a safe leeward berth, only to see the home team boat inch slowly away. At the end the Kiwi margin was 19s.
In 18-20 knot gusts, Greek Challenge made their mark, literally, in their maiden appearance, racing against top seed Alinghi. Gavin BRADY, the Kiwi skipper of the Greek boat, had no hesitation in testing his mettle against Ed BAIRD (USA), Alinghi's skipper in the pre-start. He paid a heavy penalty when he lost control momentarily and his bow hit the stern of Alinghi. It cost the feisty BRADY one penalty point for "hard contact." Unperturbed, BRADY made a good recovery and led BAIRD out towards the port layline before the Swiss boat settled down and began to sail steadily away. The umpires awarded the requisite one point to Alinghi for their victory and docked the Greek Challenge one point, leaving them in negative territory. The margin was 2m 2s.
At a press conference on the Village plaza in front of the big screen, the teams racing tomorrow drew for the boats they'll sail. The first race of the day, starting at 11:00, will see BMW Oracle Racing aboard USA 98, racing against Emirates Team New Zealand in USA 87. The second race features Shosholoza aboard NZL 84 versus Greek Challenge in NZL 92. China Team on USA 87 meets Damiani Italia Challenge sailing USA 98 while Luna Rossa will race NZL 84 against Alinghi in NZL 92.
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