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5 September 2005, 11:32 am
Alinghi Wins Act 7 After Fog Descends On Malmö
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America's Cup 2007
Malmö, Sweden

The perfect weather could not last, and although the 32nd America's Cup had a good run with the Malmö-Skåne Louis Vuitton Acts, fog and light wind in Sweden on the final day of the schedule meant the last race was cancelled.
It was a disappointing end to what has been a fabulous two weeks in Malmö. Up to this point, the weather has ensured close, thrilling action on the water and sunshine has brought throngs of spectators down to the America's Cup Park. On Saturday, 26,000 people came to the Park to enjoy the racing, and in the evening, a concert and fireworks show was the ideal way to end the day.

On Sunday morning, Principal Race Officer Peter REGGIO issued a postponement ashore, keeping the fleet on the dock for the morning, waiting for the wind to increase and the fog to lift. Neither situation ever really materialized. The wind at times got up to near seven knots, but never stabilized at that strength and visibility on the race course was often less than 100 metres. At 1300 hours local time, racing was cancelled.

The cancellation means the series stands completed with three races sailed. Under the Notice of Race the Malmö-Skåne Louis Vuitton Act stands as a regatta after just one race. And with three races on the scorecard, the results of Act 7 will be included in the Louis Vuitton Ranking of Challengers for the purpose of determining bonus points ahead of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

After three fleet races in the Louis Vuitton Act 7, Alinghi (SUI) and BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) sit atop the leaderboard with identical records. As such, the tie-breaking formula favours the team which finished better in the last race sailed, and that is Alinghi, giving the Swiss a sweep of the Malmö-Skåne Louis Vuitton Acts 6 & 7.

'I think from the outside looking in you'd have to say that's pretty nice,' said Brad BUTTERWORTH (NZL), tactician and vice-president of Alinghi, commenting on the double victory in Acts 6 and 7 moments before the prize giving ceremony in the America's Cup Park. 'As a reflection on the team as whole, I'm pretty proud to be a part of this team. But I wish it was 2007 and not 2005!'

Luna Rossa (ITA) sits alone in third position, and Emirates Team New Zealand, with race finishes compared to Desafío Español, gets the nod to finish in fourth position, leaving the Spanish in fifth.

A win on Saturday saw K-Challenge (FRA) rocket up the leaderboard to finish the regatta in sixth place. United Internet Team Germany's fifth place in the first race gives it the advantage over +39 (ITA) for seventh and eighth position respectively.

The fleet is rounded out by Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia (ITA), Shosholoza (RSA), the home heroes, Victory Challenge (SWE) and China Team. Each of these teams will be disappointed they did not have an opportunity to improve their standing with a race yesterday.

As soon as racing was cancelled for the day, the massive operation of packing up the America's Cup roadshow began. The twelve teams will take apart their boats, fill their shipping containers and get ready to pack everything for loading aboard the M/V Schippersgracht. The ship is scheduled to depart for Trapani, Italy on Thursday, arriving on 14 September. Racing in the Trapani Louis Vuitton Acts is scheduled to begin on 29 September.

Malmö-Skåne Louis Vuitton Act 7 Results

Pos Team R1 Pts R2 Pts R3 Pts Total
1 Alinghi (SUI) 2 11 4 9 1 12 32
2 BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) 1 12 1 11 4 9 32
3 Luna Rossa (ITA) 6 7 3 10 2 11 28
4 Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 4 9 6 7 3 10 26
5 Desafío Español 2007 (ESP) 3 10 5 8 5 8 26
6 K-Challenge (FRA) 10 3 1 12 9 4 19
7 United Internet Team Germany (GER) 5 8 10 3 7 6 17
8 +39 Challenge (ITA) 9 4 7 6 6 7 17
9 Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team (ITA) 8 5 8 5 11 2 12
10 Team Shosholoza (RSA) 7 6 11 2 10 3 11
11 Victory Challenge (SWE) 12 1 9 4 8 5 10
12 China Team (CHN) 11 2 12 1 12 1 4
Event Media:© Bill Watts/ACM 2005
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