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(C)update: Round 2 Race 5
The America's Cup challenger fleet returned to racing. Sailing in 15-20 knots of breeze the events of the day allow us to focus on racing and not the spectacular breakdown a frequent occurrence in round 2.
Young America returned to racing sailing USA 58. When the 'gondola' incident occurred with USA 53, USA 58 had modifications in process. These were stopped and USA 58 was reinforced and made race ready in under 4 days.
Young America's sailing team showed no hesitation and led the French team at the start by 2 seconds. From there Young America showed that USA 58 is also a fast boat adding on to the initial lead and winning by 2' 28". Skipper Ed Baird summed up this fast and first class effort saying: "Our team was determined to get back in the game. It was an added bonus to be able to deliver a win for the team on shore and our supporters back home."
One of Round 2's best teams has been the one sailing Team Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes. A narrow win over Nippon put their round 2 record at 3-1 and moved them up to 5th place.
This match saw lead changes on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd legs. Stars and Stripes had a narrow 5 second lead after 1 leg. Nippon led by 13 seconds at the leeward mark, but also incurred a penalty on Leg 2. Upwind Stars and Stripes gained and led by 30 seconds. The margin was ballooned by Nippon's 270 degree penalty turn near the finish.
Stars and Stripes skipper Ken Read says, "we are also aware that our learning curve is still nearly vertical." This indicates his team feels more improvement can be had. Read sees improvement as the team sails more saying, "The team now has the confidence that we can get the job done no matter how tight the situation is. And we are getting the job done."
A team that is not having a good 2nd round is Abracadabra. One of their problems would seem to be in sails. On the 2nd windward leg in a match vs. America True for the 2nd time this week Abracadabra's mainsail blew apart. Such frequent catastrophic failures must be solved if Abracadabra hopes to stay near the top.
In other races, Prada beat Spain by 2' 34" and Young Australia gained win # 2 over Fast 2000 by only 18".
(C)update: Monday 15 November
Results of Race 7 of Round 2 are as follows:
Races again featured the lite stuff. The key to many a race was control of the left side. For instance Prada got the left at the start and held America One in check. America True's Dawn Riley commented on the left handedness of the race course: "It wasn't just one big shift but oscillations of about 10 degrees, back and forth. The lefties had more pressure, and we seemed to gain on every one of those." This is not to say that the left side call was a no brainer. Stars and Stripes Ken Read had the right side in mind saying: "We wanted the right; we won the right on the starting line; we took the right and we were wrong!"
Updated Standings: Table
Schedule for Race 8 is as follows:
Round Robin 2 Standings through races of Saturday 13 November