Top seeds show their form

LV QF R gets under way at last, with the favourites coming from behind to win their races

Tuesday November 26th 2002, Author: Louis Vuitton, Location: Australasia
After three days of weather delays, the Louis Vuitton Cup quarter final repechage at last got under way today – and provided enthralling racing with come-from-behind wins in both matches.

The two higher seeded teams, OneWorld and Prada, both trailed in the opening stages of their matches against Team Dennis Conner and Victory Challenge respectively. But, both OneWorld and Prada justified their higher seeding by managing to overtake and take the victory guns in the vital opening matches.

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

The best-of-seven repechage has a distinct life-or-death edge, because the two losing teams will exit the regatta, leaving only four challengers still in the game.

In the light north to north-easterly breeze, all four yachts on the course had men up the mast searching for the best breeze lines on the water.

In the OneWorld vs Team Dennis Conner match, Stars & Stripes led around the first three marks, but then failed to cover on the second downwind leg as OneWorld split away and gained in a 30 degree windshift to the left.

In the second match away, Victory Challenge led the whole way up the first windward leg, but Prada came back and, right at the mark, squeezed into the lead to round the mark 8 seconds ahead, stretching away from there to a commanding lead.

Racing took place against a backdrop of on-shore activity as Team Dennis Conner has initiated a Rule Two (Fair Sailing) protest against OneWorld, over design information from rival teams and related issues, The protest will be heard from 6pm tonight by the Louis Vuitton Cup International Jury. A similar case was jointly submitted to the Arbitration Panel by Team Dennis Conner and Prada last Sunday.

Outlook for Wednesday: Continued fine weather from a high pressure with NE sea breezes, the satellite image shows a dense front of lawyers sweeping in from the north.

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