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22 April 2007, 07:48 pm
Areva Beat Desafio On Good Day Of Racing
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Louis Vuitton Cup 2007
Valencia, Spain

The light conditions prevailing at the Louis Vuitton Cup continued on Sunday but the gradient breeze proved just strong and stable enough for fair racing. One flight of racing was completed in front of a large spectator fleet eager to see America's Cup action, with the biggest surprise of the day Areva Challenge defeating the Desafío Español 2007.

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Flight 3 started after a brief postponement in 8 knots of northeasterly breeze. This flight should have been routine for most of the bigger teams over their smaller rivals, but this was not the case in many of the matches.

Flight 3

Most surprising was China Team which led Magnus HOLMBERG's (SWE) powerful Victory Challenge team for two thirds of the first beat. They were then overhauled by the Swedes who proceeded to extend, scoring the highest finish delta (3:50) of the five races.

There was more upset for BMW ORACLE Racing when Team Shosholoza led the American boat off the start, again claiming the favourable right side. Paolo CIAN (ITA) and his young Shosholoza crew did a superb job fending off Chris DICKSON's (NZL) vastly experienced team and led them around the first lap of the race course, despite dropping their spinnaker in the water at the leeward gate. But in the closing stages of the second beat the South Africans were finally overhauled and DICKSON then prudently covered Shosholoza to preserve the win.

United Internet Team Germany also looked strong on the right of the first beat against Luna Rossa. Behind the wheel of the Italian boat James SPITHILL (AUS) engaged the German team's Jesper BANK (DEN) in a tacking duel in the latter stages of the first beat to take control. While Luna Rossa led for the rest of the race it was by no means a walk over for the Italian team, who won by just 50 seconds.

Areva Beat Desafío

On the south course, there was further upset in the match between Areva Challenge and Desafío Español when the French underdogs led off the line. They were eventually overtaken by the Spanish team who led round the top mark. But disaster struck on the Spanish boat when, during their first gybe, the end of their spinnaker pole broke. Although Karol JABLONSKI (POL) and his Spanish team caught up on the second beat, they were crippled by their broken pole on the run to the finish and Sebastien COL (FRA) and has French team went on to secure an important win.

In the final match on the south course +39 Challenge gained the right at the start, but were unable to match the pace of Emirates Team New Zealand who scored a large win against Iain PERCY's (GBR) team.

With the wind going soft in the late afternoon, flight 4 was postponed until Monday, when Flights 4 and 5 are now scheduled.

Louis Vuitton Cup - Scheduled Races for Sunday

Flight 3

1. Luna Rossa Challenge beat United Internet Team Germany. 0:50.
2. Victory Challenge beat China Team. 3:50.
3. BMW ORACLE Racing beat Team Shosholoza. 0:47.
4. Areva Challenge beat Desafío Español 2007. 2:06.
5. Emirates Team New Zealand beat +39 Challenge. 2:41.

Bye - Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team

Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin One - Provisional Leaderboard
Pos Team Bonus Points Matches Sailed Matches Won Pts
1 BMW ORACLE Racing (USA 98) 3 3 3 9
1 Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) 3 3 3 9
3 Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia (ITA 99) 2 2 2 6
3 Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) 4 2 1 6
3 Victory Challenge (SWE 96) 2 3 2 6
6 Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97) 3 2 1 5
6 Areva Challenge (FRA 93) 1 3 2 5
8 Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) 2 3 1 4
9 +39 Challenge (ITA 85) 2 2 0 2
10 United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) 1 2 0 1
10 China Team (CHN 95) 1 2 0 1

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, Action from AREVA Challenge vs Desafio Español 2007:© ACM 2007/Photo: Vicent Bosch
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