Alinghi through

OneWorld win both races to take a 4-1 scoreline against Prada

Monday December 16th 2002, Author: Louis Vuitton, Location: Australasia
Alinghi sailed another solid race, leading from start to finish, beating Oracle BMW Racing and advancing to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals, beginning January 11th. With the loss, the Oracle BMW Racing squad gets knocked into the Semi Final Repechage, where it will meet the winner of the Prada / OneWorld match. The Repechage is scheduled to begin on Friday, 20th December.

Semi Finals 9-16 December
Score 4 0 4 1
Race 1 1.11 0.48
Race 2 0:29 0:20
Race 3 0:46 0:33
Race 4 0.48 0.58
Race 5 2.32
Race 6
Race 7
*OneWorld needs to win five races to advance

In the other pairing, the defending Louis Vuitton Cup champion Prada Challenge finds itself one race away from elimination after OneWorld swept two races on Monday to take a 3-1 series lead. Both races were sailed on the shorter, two-lap Course B.

In their first match-up on Monday, Prada trailed OneWorld from the start, and although the Italians threatened on the first run, the OneWorld crew held its nerve and built a big lead on the second beat to win the race.

In the second race, OneWorld again earned the right on the start, and with a favourable early shift just after the start, the Americans were away, holding a lead they would build on throughout the race, eventually winning by a large margin..

Prada can take some comfort from its previous experience in ‘must-win’ races. In the 2000 competition, the Italian team won two consecutive races to stave off elimination and win the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

After three days where racing was abandoned, conditions were ideal for racing on Monday, with 14 to 20 knot Southerlies on the race course.

Two races (if needed) are scheduled for Tuesday.

Prada's Matteo Piazzi on possible changes for tomorrow:
Well, we have no changes planned at the moment. Tomorrow we have nothing to lose, if we lose another race we will be out, so we will be aggressive and try to push as hard as we can.

Chris Dickson on whether Oracle BMW Racing could beat Alinghi if they were to meet in the Final:
I am confident that we have a very strong team and a very good boat and we have the ability to continually move forward. We do have a number of things in our technical programme that should see us continue to move as well, so I am confident we have the ability to keep getting stronger.

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