|America One||Nippon||:23||Small gains add up to a win|
|Team Dennis Conner||America True||-------||Postponed|
|Prada||France||:18||Despite two penalties an Italian win|
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News from the race course
Winds of 10-15 knots produced close racing for the duration of the two flight 4 matches sailed. America One led throughout their race with Nippon. America One's largest lead was 29" at the 3rd windward mark. They ended up with a 23 second win.
Two interesting comments were made by participants in the match that broke one tied for 2nd and created another. America One mainsheet hand Terry Hutchinson said: "Peter and the Nippon team's boat speed kept them in the race and really kept us pressed all the time." Nippon skipper Peter Gilmour said, "When the match race is that close and the boats are going as even as they were, it really comes down to if somebody else sails a perfect race, it means you're sailing less than a perfect race and it's very hard to get around them."
These comments would seem to say that at the very least Nippon's speed was even. Nippon is sailing JPN 44, but it is believed they have a new keel which has speeded up the boat. America One is sailing the fleets newest boat USA 61. Perhaps they have not quite gained the speed advantage they would. Gilmour's comment that America One sailed a "perfect race" shows the high level of skill on America One's team. Both teams look to have the speed, with ultimate results determined by sailing proficiency.
Prada's biggest lead in a win over France was 37" at the 3rd windward. However, this was more than a normal lead. Prada incurred two penalties at the first leeward mark. The first came for sailing above proper course after establishing an overlap from astern. This maneuver did gain Prada an inside position which they used to round ahead of France. However, since the gain was via an illegal maneuver they were assessed a 2nd penalty which they performed upon rounding.
Prada showed good speed all race. From a 2 second deficit at the 2nd leeward mark, they sailed to a 25 second lead at the 3rd windward mark. This gain was aided by the French boat suffering a broken trim tab.
Team Dennis Conner was granted an additional 24 hours to repair Stars and Stripes. This caused postponement of their match with America True. This race will be tacked onto the end of the semi final schedule.
These two races boosted America One into 2nd. It created a tie between Nippon and Prada.
With the standings close, Flight 5 looks pivotal.
The top 2 Team Dennis Conner and America One race. In a message on the
America One website Morgan Larson put their strategy eloquently: "Tomorrow
we aim to knock them [Team Dennis Conner] off and never look back." A
win would put America One ahead. Nippon will fight Prada to break the 2nd
place tie. America True returns to the course against France.
America True must win to keep pace, France must win to keep hope alive.
With three flights and 2/3 of flight 4 here are the standings
|Team Dennis Conner||3||0||---|
Flight 5 match ups:
Prada vs. Nippom
America One vs. Team Dennis Conner
America True vs. France
Head to Head Results Standings Table: