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7 April 2007, 08:27 pm
Team New Zealand Wins Louis Vuitton Ranking
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America's Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

With Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13 completed, the final opening act has been sailed, and the Louis Vuitton Ranking for challengers is complete. Based on this ranking, the challengers have been assigned bonus points which they will carry with them into the Louis Vuitton Cup. This ranking will also be used to complete the pairing list for the challengers and determine who sails whom on which day, including start line entry.
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At the top of the table is Emirates Team New Zealand who won the ranking by 11 points over BMW ORACLE Racing. The Kiwis will now take four bonus points with them into the round robin portion of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Luna Rossa Challenge, BMW ORACLE Racing and Desafío Español have earned three bonus points.

Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia, Victory Challenge, +39 Challenge and Shosholoza have earned two points, with the South African team making a late charge in the last few Louis Vuitton Acts to move up the standings. +39 Challenge was awarded the two bonus points as redress by the Jury, following an incident in race 3 of Act 13.

Areva Challenge, United Internet Team Germany and China Team settle for one point, the French having dropped in the ranking following a tenth place finish in Act 13.

Head Start

The bonus points can be considered a 'head start' in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series. Each victory in the two round robin series of the Louis Vuitton Cup is worth two points. At the conclusion of round robin two, only the top four challengers will advance to the semi-finals, with the other seven teams eliminated.

With four bonus points, Emirates Team New Zealand starts the Louis Vuitton Cup with the equivalent of two wins, the second group of three half a win less and so on down the list. The bonus points are a handy head start, a little insurance and potentially extremely valuable at the end of the round robin stage when it comes to determining who advances to the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals.

The Louis Vuitton Ranking will also be used in certain tie-breaking scenarios, although if the breaking the tie means eliminating a team from further competition, a three race sail-off system will be employed. Racing in round robin one of the Louis Vuitton Cup begins on 16 April. The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will face Alinghi in the 32nd America's Cup Match beginning on 23 June.

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 -

For a complete list of all the news about the America's Cup 2007 CLICK HERE.
ACM 2007 (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Ranking:© Chris Cameron/ETNZ
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