This is the penultimate day of Round Robin Two competition raced off the Dubai International Marine Club. Another light air day with a wait for the sea breeze to settle.
Flight One, Race One, Synergy Russian Sailing Team def All4One, 00:05 – Francesco Bruni and his Russian team conceded the start to Sebastien Col and the French/German team All4One, only to be penalized for tacking too close when they converged in the middle of the course. Bruni had a narrow edge up the rest of the leg and rounded the top mark 13 seconds ahead. Col threatened on the second beat but the Russians eked out a 125 metre edge that provided the narrowest of margins to unload their penalty with a 270 deg. turn on the finish line.
Flight One, Race Two, Mascalzone Latino Audi def Artemis Racing, 01:55 – The Italian team scored a runaway victory against Sweden in light air. Cameron Appleton, steering Artemis Racing, won the start and chose to go right but it was Gavin Brady who came from behind and crossed ahead on port tack, half way up the weather leg to secure a crucial two points.
Flight Two, Race One, BMW Oracle Racing def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:25 –
The intensity of this match was signaled by a protest by New Zealand at the beginning of the dialup for tacking too close. It was green-flagged. They came off the line together on starboard with the Kiwis in a safe leeward. James Spithill, steering Oracle, almost immediately tacked away and ETNZ’s Dean Barker tacked to cover, conceding a one boat-length advantage. BMWOR led at the next two marks. Disaster struck for the Kiwis when they lost control of their spinnaker at the bottom gate takedown and they set off to windward with the chute flying like a giant flag for agonizing seconds before they could cut it free. Game over!
Flight Two, Race Two, Mascalzone Latino Audi def Synergy Russian Sailing, 00:21 –
This was anyone’s race. Gavin Brady chased his opponent all over the ocean above the layline before they returned 40 seconds after the gun to make even starts. However Francesco Bruni enjoyed a tiny edge and was able to push the Italian boat well beyond the port layline to round the top mark just three seconds in front. The Russians still led, by just eight seconds, after a close run but Brady chose the left-hand gate to claim the favored right-hand side for the next beat. He bounced the Russian team away twice and then crossed clear ahead before consolidating his lead with a 23-second margin at the top mark.
Provisional Results after Day Three of RR2:
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 12-2, 15 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 7-6, 8.5 pts
3. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-8, 8 pts *
=4. All4One, 5-8, 6 pts
=4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 6-8, 6 pts *
5. Artemis Racing, 5-9, 5 pts
* A scoring penalty has been assessed by the umpires
In Round Robin One, each team sailed every other team twice, with each win worth one point.
In Round Robin Two, each team will sail every other team once, with each win worth two points.
At the conclusion of Round Robin Two, the top four teams will advance to the semi finals. The bottom two teams are eliminated.
The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the principal sponsor of the event.