Oracle - one race from victory
|Semi final repechage - 20-28 December|
|Best of seven||Oracle BMW||OneWorld*|
Today's win was the eighth in a row by USA-76 over USA-67 since the Louis Vuitton Cup regatta began in October, leaving Oracle BMW the task of winning just one more race to progress to the finals.
Today's race began with some close action in the pre-start in which OneWorld came off worse by the time the starting gun was fired. Not only did the Seattle team carry a penalty, but they were over the line at the start.
Despite these two set backs which saw them trailing Oracle BMW from the start, OneWorld went on to sail a skilful first leg and managed to haul back much of Oracle's initial lead. By the first leeward mark the lead had been reduced to just 8 seconds. This turned out to be the closest that the pair got for the remainder of the race.
Oracle BMW Racing USA-76 went on to beat OneWorld USA-67, leaving Oracle at match point, with OneWorld staring elimination squarely in the face. Five straight wins are required to stay in the competition.
"It was very shifty out there," said Oracle's navigator Ian Burns shortly after crossing the line. "Either side of the course paid but if you got caught in the middle you could lose, so it was a very difficult day today."
See page two for the post-race debriefing by Chris Dickson and Peter Gilmour
Crew lineups today
|Bow||Geordie Shaver||Bow||Alan Smith|
|Mid Bow Grind||Bill Bates||Mid-Bow||Don McCracken|
|Mast/Grind||David Brooke||Mast||Matthew Mason|
|Pit||Matt Smith||Pit||Jeremy Scantlebury|
|Starboard Grinder||Mark McTeigue||Grinder||Andrew Taylor|
|Port Grinder||Phil Trinter||Grinder||Craig Monk|
|Mid Grinder||Brian McInnes||Trim||Joe Newton|
|Spinnaker Trim/Grind||Robbie Naismith||Tail||Tatsuya Wakinaga|
|Genoa Trim||Bob Wylie||Main Grind||Kazuhiko Sofuku|
|Traveller Tactics||Cameron Dunn||Main Trimmer||Don Cowie|
|MainTrim||Mike Sanderson||Strategist||Ben Durham|
|Aft Grind||Eric Doyle||Runner||Richard Dodson|
|Afterguard||Tommaso Chieffi||Helmsman||James Spithill|
|Afterguard||Ian Burns||Tactician||Charlie McKee|
|Afterguard||Peter Holmberg||Navigator||Kevin Hall|
|Skipper||Chris Dickson||Skipper||Peter Gilmour|
|17 th Person||Keith Turner (Guest of HP Sponsor)||17 th man||-|