BMW ORACLE Racing mirrored Alinghi's mistake yesterday going over early, but in a fresh 16 knot breeze, the American team gave another demonstration of their excellent boat handling to fight back through the fleet and push Emirates Team New Zealand at the finish. Emirates skipper Ben AINSLIE (GBR) was able to hold off the American challenge to secure third place.
After arriving late on the right-hand side of the line, Alinghi skipper Ed BAIRD (USA) was force to tack to find clear air. This move ended up setting up a comfortable win as the Swiss Defender was one of the first boats able to reach the favoured right side, and from there they were first to the first mark and never looked out of control.
Come race 3 and this time it was the Spanish team who were over early, with great starts for BMW ORACLE Racing and Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia. Alinghi came back from another less than perfect start to take the lead of the race, but the real drama was further back as +39's mast snapped and United Internet Team Germany also retired from the race - with damage visible on the port side of their mast.
Approaching the finish BMW and Alinghi went neck-a-neck before the American's spinnaker pole snaps dropping them to seventh overall. Alinghi win again, with Luna Rossa coming in second ahead of Desafio Espanol.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.