Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Down, but not out - big match coming

It's not quite 'must win' territory, but it's getting close for BMW ORACLE Racing at the Louis Vuitton Trophy as they fall to 0-3 with a loss to Artemis in the first flight of racing today. 

Behind from the start, Spithill and JK held it close for the first lap of the course, but were never able to threaten the Artemis lead. Conditions were fresh with wind in the 12 to 15 knot range.

Below is the eloquent match summary from the event website by veteran sailing journalist Keith Taylor.

Flight Ten, Race Two: Artemis def BMW Oracle Racing, 00:16 – The start was owned by Terry Hutchinson driving the Swedish boat Artemis. After chasing James Spithill round the start box, Hutchinson led back for a perfect start, at the committee boat end, with Spithill trailing astern by a boat length. BMW Oracle short-tacked relentlessly all the way up the first leg but Artemis covered and rounded the top mark with a seven second margin. Oracle clung to their rival's transom down the run and the leeward gate margin was still seven seconds. Artemis extended slightly through eight tacks on the next leg as the breeze freshened and gained on the run as Oracle split away in a final futile search for salvation.

If PRO Peter Reggio can get in extra flights today, BMW ORACLE Racing will line up against Emirates Team New Zealand in the first extra match, which could be a classic. Look for that to happen some time after 1500 CEST (GMT+2). The Louis Vuitton Trophy website will have the match schedule.