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4 June 2007, 12:52 pm
A Day To Regroup Or Reflect?
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Louis Vuitton Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

This off day is one that might not be enjoyed by either of the Louis Vuitton Cup finalists. For Emirates Team New Zealand, who has led at every mark en route to a 3-0 series lead, there is danger it could disrupt their momentum. While for Luna Rossa Challenge, another day of questions about its performance to date will not be welcome either.

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On the other hand, perhaps the Kiwis will simply enjoy the opportunity for a rest, 'One of our big priorities is doing what's important right now to prepare for the next day,' said New Zealand pitman Barry MCKAY (NZL). 'So we'll spend some time together, probably not all day, but some time together, talking about the next race and what we need to do.'

For Luna Rossa Challenge, this is a day they must put to good use in getting their programme back on track. After dominating BMW ORACLE Racing in their Semi Final, the Italians find themselves on the back foot against the Kiwi squad today.

Now down 3-0 on the scoreboard, skipper Francesco DE ANGELIS (ITA) and his men must re-group, and do so in a hurry. Perhaps most worrying for Luna Rossa is that the Kiwis have been increasing their margin of victory in all three races.

Following yesterday's loss by 1:38 - the biggest loss the team has suffered in the Louis Vuitton Cup - DE ANGELIS said, 'All races are decided by many small things…We will look at the race and will try to understand what happened.'

They need to analyse it quickly…time is not on Luna Rossa's side right now.

Louis Vuitton Cup - Final

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Luna Rossa Challenge 0 0 0 0
Emirates Team New Zealand 1 1 1 3

The America's Cup Match and Challenger/Defender Series are designated as ISAF Special Events. For more information on the America's Cup, the Louis Vuttion Acts and the teams competing, visit the official America's Cup website - www.americascup.com.

For a complete list of all the news about the America's Cup 2007 CLICK HERE.

ACM 2007 (As Amended By ISAF). Image, ETNZ after yesterday's win put them 3-0 up:© Th.Martinez
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