America’s Cup International Regatta
Team New Zealand wins again
OneWorld takes second overall
Saturday 16 February 2002 –
With five wins Team New Zealand maintains their healthy record Record #sailingrecord in these Road to America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup regattas, taking overall honours again. On the last leg of the last race OneWorld Challenge sailed past Victory Challenge to secure second place overall. Victory Challenge finishes third and GBR Challenge fourth overall.
A fleet race, involving all teams will start tomorrow at 1300.
OneWorld Challenge beat Victory Challenge by 1 minute and 32 seconds
Winning the pre-start and starting on starboard at the pin end, Peter Gilmour tacked over to cover Victory Challenge, already on port, and the pair sailed off to the right hand side of the course. Magnus Holmberg showed once again his new boat’s speed Speed #speedsailing and, footing out ahead of the American boat, watched as the Seattle based syndicate were forced to tack away from a bad position. On the upwind legs of this race the high pointing Frers-designed boat pulled away. But a fatal mistake on the last leg of the course, not covering the opponent in spite of a big lead, saw the OneWorld Challenge boat find more breeze and sail into a commanding position and ultimately the lead.
This mistake cost the Swedish team second place overall in this its first formal America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup Class regatta.
Team New Zealand beat GBR Challenge by 2 minutes and 30 seconds
In the last 60 seconds of an active pre-start Andy Green, sailing GBR Challenge, managed to outfox Dean Barker, sailing Team New Zealand. Green succeeded in leaving the current holder of the America’s Cup sailing downwind towards the start line while he sailed Britain’s hopes upwind to more than a one minute lead by the time the Kiwis finally started correctly.
In spite of good sailing on the correct side of the course, by the time the pair were halfway up the first leg the British boat had lost most of its lead to the speedy Team New Zealand. At the mark, GBR Challenge, with the black boat on their weather hip, luffed head to wind to try and force the Kiwis to tack around and lose distance. But the manoeuvre went wrong and Team New Zealand rolled over the top and into the lead.
On the first run the Kiwis sailed away from the British boat with better speed Speed #speedsailing and were never really threatened again.
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