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News: Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in New Zealand

February 10, 2009 by john
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The Friendly Regatta is becoming a Fiery Regatta as the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series heats up with the start of the knockout stages.

The series includes all the main America’s Cup Teams, including the Swiss Alinghi, The UK Team Origin, America’s entry Oracle BMW, and Emirates Team New Zealand. The teams are racing in evenly tuned Americas Cup sailing yachts.

It is now a do-or-die scenario from here on in to find out the team to face Alinghi in the Challenger final, who are already through.

Alinghi won through to the final by virtue of finishing at the top of the gold fleet. With the exception of Saturday’s forfeited match against Emirates Team New Zealand, the Swiss did not drop a race in the second round.

At this stage BMW Oracle Racing look the favourites to meet the Swiss in the Challenger final. The American syndicate heads into the quarterfinals on the back of a comprehensive win over Team New Zealand in yesterday’s final match of round robin two.

Oracle will meet the winner of a sail-off between Luna Rossa and China Team in today’s quarterfinal and while both teams have struggled at times during the regatta, Oracle tactician Hamish Pepper believes there are no easy races from here on in.

You can see some images courtesy of the New Zealand Herald Newspaper, here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/louis-vuitton-pacific-series/news/image.cfm?c_id=1502801&g ...

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