First scores on the board

Best of seven-race quarter finals start in Auckland

Wednesday November 13th 2002, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: Australasia
Louis Vuitton Cup, Quarter Finals Race One.

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All of the pairings are best-of-seven matches with one race scheduled for each pair, each day.

The first match was between GBR Challenge against Team Dennis Conner. While both teams had second boats in their arsenals, only the Americans decided to make a change, with the Stars & Stripes crew sailing the reborn USA-77, rebuilt after sinking off the California coast just four months ago.

The second pairing on the Romeo course featured the top-ranked Alinghi against the Louis Vuitton Cup holding Prada Challenge.

On Juliet course, the Swedish Victory Challenge sailed against the French Le Défi and its new afterguard, led by skipper Philippe Presti.

Also on Juliet, Oracle BMW Racing looked to continue its blistering pace under unbeaten skipper Chris Dickson (7-0) against OneWorld, which has pulled out its alternate boat, USA-65 for the first time.


Wight Lightning (GBR-70) Beat Stars & Stripes (USA-77) 1.00
USA-76 (Oracle BMW) Beat OneWorld (USA-65) 0.12
Alinghi (SUI-64) Beat Luna Rossa (ITA-74) 1.18
Orm (SWE-73) Beat Le Défi (FRA-69) 2.03

Weather for Wednesday 13th November at 1200:

General Synopsis: An area of building high-pressure (1023 mb) over the central Tasman Sea is moving NE to pass north of New Zealand on Thursday/Friday and set to bring a period of fine and settled weather.

Winds: A shifty SSW wind at 9 – 14 knots with gusts to 17 knots.
Sunny with partly cloudy skies, temperatures 17 – 21 C. Moderate to choppy seas.

Outlook: Fine and sunny on Thursday with light SW winds and sea breezes.

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