Gitana edges ahead

The Extreme 40 dodgems off Plaza San Marco continues

Saturday May 16th 2009, Author: Helen Fretter, Location: United Kingdom
Skies cleared up above the eternal city of Venice, and as cruise ships entered the busy waterways one could only be under the spell of the sophisticated, timeless and classical elegance of the town, its ability to remain true to itself regardless of the world around it. Set within sight of the Plaza San Marco, a few steps away from the Arsenal and the shipyards which allowed the Republic of Venice to establish itself as a genuine European power, the iShares Cup race village enjoyed a fantastic sunny morning, gearing up for the afternoon races.

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.

Results:

Team Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Tot
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
Masirah Pete Cumming 7 8 3 1 1 6 3 1 1 10 69
Renaissance Loick Peyron 5 1 5 5 9 4 4 6 4 1 66
Holmatro Carolijn Brouwer 3 6 10 3 2 8 5 8 3 3 59
LUNA Erik Maris 6 3 7 7 6 3 6 10 9 8 45
BT Nick Moloney 4 7 9 6 8 7 8 5 7 4 45
Groupama 40 Gildas Philippe 9 4 2 4 0 9 7 9 6 5 44
iShares Shirley Robertson 8 9 8 8 5 DNF 2 3 8 7 41
Ecover Mike Golding 10 10 6 9 7 5 10 7 10 9 27

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