Thursday, November 25, 2010

All4One on deck for semifinals

BMW ORACLE Racing, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup, will meet All4One, the combined French/German team, in the semifinal round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.

Led by skipper James Spithill of Australia, BMW ORACLE Racing won the right to choose its semifinal opponent by winning the round robin with a 13-2 record.

“It’s never an easy choice, but we chose All4One simply for the fact that we won the round robin and they finished fourth,” said Spithill, who also could’ve chosen Emirates Team New Zealand (2nd place) or Mascalzone Latino Audi Team (3rd place).

BMW ORACLE Racing went 2-1 versus All4One in the round robin. The American team won the first two races in Round 1 and All4One won the only meeting in Round 2.

“Everyone’s geared up for tomorrow, it should be fun,” Spithill said.

The winner of the match will be the first to score 2 points in a best-of-three format. The two semifinal winners advance to the final of the event, scheduled for Saturday. The wind conditions tomorrow are forecast to be light and racing likely won’t begin before 1:00 pm.

BMW ORACLE Racing hopes to have the measure of All4One in the semifinal round