Valencia, Spain. BMW ORACLE Racing maintained its winning momentum and unbeaten record in the opening round of the Louis Vuitton Cup with a comfortable victory over the French Areva Challenge team in Valencia today.
With a bye in the first match, USA 98 had a relatively light workload, but still holds its place at the top of the leaderboard, 1 point clear of Emirates Team New Zealand.
“We had the race in control at the start and then the plan was to cover and extend,“ said BMW ORACLE Racing navigator, Peter Isler.
Race summary: The two yachts started on opposite ends of the line in a 7-8 knot breeze. USA 98 left the line on port tack at the Committee Boat end, with the French crew on starboard at the pin end. At the first windward mark, BMW ORACLE Racing led by 44 seconds and extended to 48 seconds at the leeward rounding. USA 98 kept extending and rounded the final mark with a commanding 1 minute 57 second lead, which opened up further to 2 minutes 54 seconds at the finish.
Quotes from Peter Isler: “When the wind started to go light we realised it could get random out there, so we probably played it more conservatively than usual. We just played by the book and did not do anything fancy. We could see lead changes going on in the other match, so we realised anything could happen. It was a tricky race course out there.“
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