Results of Flight 6 of Round 3:
|America True||Fast 2000||DNS||America True clinches semi final berth|
|France||Team Dennis Conner||4:03||France shows good light air speed|
|Prada||Spain||5:29||Prada clinches semifinal berth|
|Abracadabra||Young Australia||1:21||Hawaii's team stays alive|
|America One||Nippon||9:08||Light winds skew this race|
News from the race course
Lite air under 5 knots produced racing that was not close. In light air the teams put a man up the mast to serve as a windseeker. Team Dennis Conner's windseeker Chuck Brown describes his technique: "The wind affects the waves a little bit; you can see the puffs pretty well and the pressure changes. When wind hits the water it makes it change a little bit, that's what you're looking at." Despite such efforts, as often happens in lite air it was easy to get way ahead and as simple to get way behind. The best example of this lite air skew is the America One vs. Nippon race. Two seemingly even boats ended up over 9 minutes apart.
Two more teams, America True and Prada clinched berths in the semifinals. The 6 semifinalists will begin racing 2 January.
The results also brought two more boats into the contest for 6th place. Spain still holds the 6th spot despite losing. With a 3rd round robin victory Abracadabra now holds 7th. Young America had the day off and is 8th. The French beat Team Dennis Conner and are 9th. Even in 9th place they are just one win away from 6th.
Chances at taking 6th vary. Spain and Abracadabra have 3 races left. Abracadabra's are against: Team Dennis Conner, Prada and Nippon. Their's is the toughest schedule. Spain races Prada, Team Dennis Conner and France. Some winnable matches there. Young America and France race America One, America True, Spain, Young Australia and each other.
Spain and Abracadabra have 3 races left, while France and Young America have 5. Young America would seem to have the best conmbination of speed, skill and schedule. Even though the semifinals are oficially half full there will be important races to the end of this round.
Standings Table: Through Flight 6 of round 3
Reference Note: Top 6 move onto semifinals.
In Round Robin 3 there is 1 race per day of 18.5 miles.
Victories in Round Robin 3 are worth 9 points.
America True Vs. Nippon
America One vs. Young America
Prada vs. Spanish Young Australia
Team Dennis Conner vs. Fast 2000