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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The French Do It With Style at ACWS in San Diego

Consistency paid off for the French Energy Team who won the third of three races on Wednesday afternoon to claim the lead at the end of the seeding races for the San Diego Match Racing Championships at the America’s Cup World Series.
Photo : © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
New skipper Yann Guichard posted three top five race finishes to end the day one point clear of Emirates Team New Zealand. ORACLE Racing Spithill recovered well in each race to hold on to third place after being plagued by penalties and starting trouble all day
Photo : © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Those top three teams on today’s ranking are seeded through directly to the Semi Finals of the Match Racing Championship. The remaining six teams will be paired up to race in Thursday’s qualifying matches, competing in a knockout format to earn the fourth and final Semi Final berth.

“It was perfect day for us,” said an elated Guichard after racing. “I’m really happy. The team has done a fantastic job. I’m getting more comfortable each day and I can really feel the boat well now. We had some good starts and were very fast today. The small teams like us are improving each day.”
Photo : © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
With the flat seas in San Diego Bay and winds ranging between 9-13 knots  boat speeds neared 20 knots. Under sunny skies the sea breeze built early and stayed in force throughout the afternoon.

After the fleet races, the teams put on a show for the crowds perched on Broadway Pier for the AC 500 Speed Trials. Emirates Team New Zealand, in the very first run, posted what would stand up as the quickest time down the 500-meter runway. The two ORACLE Racing entries, Spithill and Coutts were second and third respectively. Artemis Racing finished in fourth place
Photo : © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
“Over all it was a hard day, but it was good the way we battled as it would have been easy to go backwards,” Artemis Racing's skipper Terry Hutchinson said. “It is about doing things consistently and working through the process.”

Results – San Diego Match Racing Championship (three seeding fleet races)



Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Total

Place

Team




Points

1.

Energy Team

3

5

1

24

2.

Emirates Team New Zealand

2

3

5

23

3.

ORACLE Racing - Spithill

5

4

2

22

4.

Artemis Racing

7

1

4

21

5.

Team Korea

4

2

8

19

6.

ORACLE Racing - Coutts

1

8

6

18

7.

Green Comm Racing

8

9

3

14

8.

ALEPH

9

6

7

12

9.

China Team

6

7

9

12

Results – AC 500 Speed Trials

Emirates Team New Zealand - 21.22 knots
ORACLE Racing Spithill - 21.10 knots
ORACLE Racing Coutts - 19.86 knots
Artemis Racing - 19.65 knots
Energy Team - 19.36 knots
Team Korea - 19.18 knots
China Team - 18.54 knots
ALEPH - 18.33 knots
Green Comm Racing - 17.91 knots

Lulu Roseman

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