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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kiwi's Smoke Competition in San Diego

The Kiwis have taken out the Port Cities Challenge on the opening preliminary weekend of the America’s Cup World Series. 
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Today San Diego laid on the sunshine and solid 6-10 knot westerlies for the second day of the Port Cities Challenge. Fans were treated to some thrilling action when the boats rounded marks just metres from the Broadway and Navy Piers.
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Emirates Team New Zealand were on top of their game and for his first time racing in local waters skipper Dean Barker looked right at home from Saturday’s first race.

"The teams are doing more and more sailing, so the standard is getting higher and higher," Barker said  "I think in a venue like this that's quite tricky you'll see a lot of place changes. So it's going to be about staying consistent."
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
And that is exactly what the Kiwis did. Regardless of claiming just one bullet in six races, they had five finishes in the top three to smoke ORACLE Racing Spithill by seven points while Artemis Racing was one point further back in third. 
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
The spotlight shone on China Team on Saturday when they won their first ever race at AC World Series but Sunday belonged to the French. Aleph with new skipper Pierre Pennec at the helm took a win in race four while Energy Team's skipper Yann Guichard sailed a flawless race to rack up their first team win. 
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
“It's a fantastic day for Aleph,” said Pennec after racing. “The wind was very shifty, but it was sunny and there was enough wind to fly the hull, We won our first race so a great day for us.”
Pierre Pennec Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
“By the fourth race the crew were very tired,” Yann Guichard. “But we didn’t make any mistakes and to get a first bullet for our team is really perfect.”
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Representatives of the five Port Cities were onboard the race boats during the first contest of the day. Coast Guard Commander Michael Leo Guerrero won bragging rights for the Port City of Chula Vista on ORACLE Racing Spithill, racing to a second place finish ahead of the other boats representing Port Cities, to claim the ‘fastest Port City’ designation.
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
“It was awesome, just great,” said Commander Guerrero, who was representing Chula Vista for Mayor Cheryl Cox. “The boats are phenomenal, and to go that fast, is really amazing. We hear a lot about the technology that's behind these boats, and now I can say I've seen it in action.”

Results – Port Cities Challenge



Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

Total

Place

Team







Points

1.

Emirates Team New Zealand

2

3

1

7

2

2

49

2.

ORACLE Racing - Spithill

3

8

2

5

3

3

42

3.

Artemis Racing

1

4

6

9

1

5

41

4.

Energy Team

7

5

3

4

6

1

40

5.

ALEPH

8

7

5

1

5

4

36

6.

Team Korea

6

9

4

2

4

7

35

7.

ORACLE Racing - Coutts

4

2

8

3

8

8

33

8.

China Team

5

1

7

8

7

6

32

9.

Green Comm Racing

9

6

9

6

9

9

22

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