Road to the Louis Vuitton Cup


 
James Boyd examines the round robins and looks ahead to what's in store for the quarter finals
Round robin 1 Pos Syndicate Alinghi Oracle Victory OneWorld Team DC GBR Prada M Latino Le Defi Tot 1 Alinghi   W: 1:43 W: 0:25 L: 0:10 W: 1:10 W:4:33 W: 1:32 W: 7:08 W: 4:48 7 1 OneWorld W: 0:10 W: 0:40 W: 0:59   W: 1:21 W: 3:22 W: 1:11 W: 5:43 W: 0:21 7 3 Oracle L: 1:43   W: 10:45 L: 0:40 W: 1:58 L: 0:36 W: 0:42 W: 2:03 W: 2:52 5 4 Team DC L: 1:10 L: 1:58 L: 0:33 L: 1:21   W: 0:20 W:35 W: 1:36 DNS 4 4 GBR L: 4:33 W: 0:36 W: 0:48 L: 3:22 L: 0:20   L: 0:22 W: 0:54 W: 0:13 4 6 Prada L: 1:32 L: 0:42 W: 2:35 L: 1:11 L: 0:35 W: 0:22   W: 4:28 W: 5:52 4 6 Victory L: 0:25 L: 10:45   L: 0:59 W: 0:33 L: 0:48 L: 2:35 W: 0:35 W: 1:06 3 8 M Latino L: 7:08 L: 2:03 L: 0:35 L: 5:43 L: 1:36 L: 0:54 L: 4:28   W: 5:19 1 9 Le Defi L: 4:48 L: 2:52 L: 1:06 L: 0:21 DNS L: 0:13 L: 5:52 L: 5:19   0 Round robin 2 Pos Syndicate Alinghi OneWorld Oracle Team DC GBR Prada Victory M Latino Le Defi Tot O'all 1 Alinghi - W: 0:27 L; 0:04 W: 0:49 W: 1:26 L* W: 0:29 W: 2:11 W: 5:54 6 13 2= OneWorld L: 0:27 - L: 0:40 W: 1:19 W: 1:05 W: 0:54 W: 0:21 W: 4:01 L: 0:57 5 12 2= Oracle W: 0:04 W: 0:40  - W: 0:18 W: 2:00 L: 1:55 W: 0:43 W: 2:40 W: 1:07 7 12 4 Prada W* L: 0:54 W:1:55 W: 0:41 W: 0:16  - W: 0:10 W: 1:42 W: 1:04 7 11 5 Victory L: 0:29 L: 0:21 L: 0:43 W: 0:13 W: 1:01 L: 0:10 - W: 1:17 W: 1:19 4 7 6 GBR L: 1:26 L: 1:05 L: 2:00 W: 0:46 - L: 0:16 L: 1:01 W: 1:40 W: 0:14 3 7 7 Team DC L: 0.49 L: 1:19 L: 0:18  - L: 0:46 L: 0:41 L: 0:13 W: 1:09 W: 1:12 2 6 8 Le Defi L: 5:54 W: 0:57 L: 1:07 L: 1:12 L: 0:14 L: 1:04 L: 1:19 W: 1:10 - 2 2 9 M Latino L 2:11 L: 4:01 L: 2:40 L; 1:09 L: 1:40 L: 1:42 L: 1:17 - L: 1:10 0 1 The round robins, the effective seeding process in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series, have now come to an end. So what surprises were there and what lies ahead? In the overall results the 'big four' are the top four, as many anticipated, after spectacular improvements in the form of Prada and Oracle in the second round robin. Prada in particular over the last few days have been showing some of the form that took them through to the America's Cup last time round, although not all their races have been clear cut. Aboard Oracle the management changes in the afterguard seem to have been effective and team also appear to have revved up their Farr design in certain areas of their performance envelope where it appeared to be lacking in the early matches. They too are looking like a class act. OneWorld, although second overall

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