Le Defi turns it around

Another unpredictable performance from the French team as the situation turns critical for GBR Challenge

Saturday November 16th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Australasia
Louis Vuitton Cup, Quarter Finals, Day Four

Overview: The French America's Cup team is known for its unpredictability on the race track and were able to pull the rabbit out of the hat today taking their first quarter final race of the Swedes on board Orm.

OneWorld didn't enjoy the same change in form as Oracle BMW Racing continued to roll through the Quarter Finals with a fourth consecutive win to knock OneWorld down to the Quarter Final Repechage. The Oracle BMW team now proceeds directly to the Semi Finals where it will meet Alinghi.

OneWorld Challenge, on the strength of its Round Robin record will pick its opponent for the Repechage, which starts on November 23rd.

Team Dennis Conner won its third consecutive race over GBR Challenge to take a 3-1 lead in their series.

On Friday night, Prada announced it would concede the fourth race, and thus the series, to Alinghi, in order to end its ‘no-change’ period immediately and continue its boat development programme.

Alinghi now proceeds directly to the Semi Finals, while Prada will have to sail in the Repechage round, scheduled to begin on November 23rd.

Conditions were difficult for racing today with strong 15-20 knot Westerlies bolstered by rain squalls streaking across the Hauraki Gulf

Double Chance - Winner Into Semis, Loser into QF Repechage
Best of 7 Alinghi Prada Oracle OneWorld
Score 3 0 3 0
Race 1 Delta 1.18 0.12
Race 2 Delta 0.08 0.17
Race 3 Delta 0.08 0.19
Race 4 Delta
Race 5 Delta
Race 6 Delta
Race 7 Delta
Single Chance - Winner Into SF Repechage, Loser Eliminated
Best of 7 Victory Le Defi GBR TDC
Score 3 0 1 2
Race 1 Delta 2.03 1.00
Race 2 Delta 1.10 1.17
Race 3 Delta 1.12 2.10
Race 4 Delta
Race 5 Delta
Race 6 Delta
Race 7 Delta

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