Light and shifty for day two

But winners manage to repeat their performances from yesterday

Wednesday November 27th 2002, Author: Louis Vuitton, Location: Australasia
Above: OneWorld's Gilmour (left) and Spithill

Louis Vuitton Cup quarter final repechage day 2

Prada and OneWorld both increased their grip on the Louis Vuitton Cup quarter final repechage in Auckland today by taking their scores to 2-0 over Sweden’s Victory Challenge and Team Dennis Conner respectively.

In the battle of the protests - Team Dennis Conner against OneWorld over Rule 2, to be heard after the QF R is completed. Both parties are preparing submissions and witnesses. Meanwhile the potentially more serious Team Dennis Conner and Prada action against OneWorld is to be heard, and is expected to be heard in the next four weeks.

Quarter Final Repechage 23-30 November
Best of Seven OneWorld Team DC Prada Victory
Score 2 0 2 0
Race 1 Delta 1.16 1.31
Race 2 Delta 1.50 1.23
Race 3 Delta
Race 4 Delta
Race 5 Delta
Race 6 Delta
Race 7 Delta

Prada and OneWorld led their matches against Victory Challenge and Stars & Stripes all the way around the course, with almost identical starts and uncannily similar mark rounding deltas for most of the race.

Prada and OneWorld each need just two more wins to advance to the semifinals, although both Victory Challenge and Stars & Stripes have shown they remain dangerous opponents.

Light winds once again greeted the four teams competing on the Gulf today, but after a short delay the Race Committee was able to get racing under way.

Shifty south-easterly winds that swung into the south-west and then back again tested the skills of the afterguards, as positioning the yachts to take best advantage of the puffs and shifts counted for more than boatspeed.

The starts were very similar with OneWorld and Prada powering off the line at speed, while their opponents were forced into last minute tacks at the committee boat end and came off the line at less than full power.

The pattern then saw the lead yachts gain upwind and then lose downwind as the trailing yachts brought breeze down with them. But the leading yachts were seldom threatened and crossed the finish line more than a minute ahead of their opponents.

Outlook for Thursday: Fine weather and light winds, with NE sea breezes

Page 2: OneWorld vs Stars and Stripes
Pages 3: Victory vs Luna Rossa

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