Gitana edges ahead
The Committee had to postpone the first start but the wind eventually kicked in, and BMW Oracle Racing won the first race of the day just like they had done yesterday. Quite clearly, the American team, Gitana Extreme - Groupe LCF Rothschild, Renaissance and Masirah seemed to dominate and the mark roundings proved red hot, with a few contacts and subsequent penalties. Yann Guichard's crew impressed with their speed, while Pete Cumming went on to win two races in a row... with Gitana Extreme - Groupe LCF Rothschild in his wake. Loïck Peyron had mixed fortunes and a few imperfect starts, but showed a great ability to get back in the game - unfortunately, the crew's 5th man had a taste of Venetian waters and had to be picked up by a safety rib! The "man overboard" seemed to have enjoyed his experience, coming ashore dripping but with a big smile on his face.
Peyron went on to win race 10, with BMW Oracle Racing in his wake and Holmatro posting a second third place of the day. iShares had taken a good start - Shirley Robertson being on form today with a second and a third, but once more the first windward mark rounding was key, finding the opening was key... as were the starts, and the Race Committee had to perform two general recalls today.
Moving into the lead after two days and 10 races, Yann Guichard confirmed his tactical prowess and the team impressed with their amazing boat speed.
This second day saw the heavyweights of the circuit come out on top quite clearly, and the leading quartet that emerged yesterday is still on top of the leaderboard today... with a special mention for Pete Cumming's Masirah, with four race wins.
|Gitana Extreme-Groupe LCF Rothschild||Yann Guichard||2||2||1||10||4||2||1||2||2||6||78|
|BMW ORACLE Racing||James Spithill||1||5||4||2||3||1||9||4||5||2||74|
|Groupama 40||Gildas Philippe||9||4||2||4||0||9||7||9||6||5||44|
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