Louis Vuitton Trophy - Minus 2 months to arrive to La Maddalena Sardinia!!

March 16th 2010 by Giulia

Today: Auckland - Emirates Team New Zealand wins Round Robin of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland


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Round robin in the city of Sails: completed.

Waiting for the finals…


Auckland, New Zealand, hosts the second of five match regattas of the Louis Vuitton Trophy.  Racing started 9th March; the teams raced four matches a day (for a total of 7 days) in order to complete the Round Robin (RR), before starting the ladder elimination ending in the finals, which will take place on Sunday, 21st March.

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Unbeaten until the 5th Race Day, Emirates Team New Zealand lost its first race on Day 6, against the French team  Aleph, in the only Regatta of the day: because of the strong wind, the Race Committee decided to stop the race for the day.

On day 7, the last of this round, Emirates Team New Zealand defeat the Russian Team Synergy and gains the first position, while the Italian team Mascalzone Latino gains the second position, defeating first the English TeamOrigin, and then the other Italian Team Azzurra during the rematch.


The Situation after Round Robin is the following:


1)    Emirates Team New Zealand (6 points)
2)    Mascalzone Latino Audi Team (5 points)
3)    All4One (4 points)
4)    Azzurra (4 points)
5)    Artemis (4 points)
6)    TeamOrigin (3 points)
7)    Aleph Sailing Team (1 point – The Umpires have deducted 1 point)
8)    Synergy Russian sailing team (0 points)

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According to the MacIntyre System, the chosen format originally developed for Australian rugby, RR determines a ranking which is used for later eliminations.

During Round 1, competitors sail here a knockout series; the pairing is made using the ranking of RR: 1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th and 4th vs. 5th.


Depending on the RR ranking, in Round 1 the teams will race as follows:


-    Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Synergy Russian sailing team (1st-8th)
-    Mascalzone Latino Audi Team vs. Aleph Sailing Team (2nd-7th)
-    All4One vs. TeamOrigin (3rd-6th)
-    Azzurra vs. Artemis (4th-5th)


The 4 remaining teams are paired again and will sail for Round 2, the semi-final and the Sunday final.

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In the meantime, waiting for the finals, the America’s Cup trophy returns to New Zealand. The Cup, won last month by the American team BMW Oracle Racing , is arrived today; the public could admire it during the races of the Louis Vuitton Trophy.

I'll keep you informed of the progress of the races in the next post, we'll discover the winner team of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland!


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  1. [...] I couldn’t wait until Thursday to inform you that Emirates Team New Zealand wins the second part of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, which has took place in Auckland from 9 to 21 March. The other team having reached the finals is the Italian Mascalzone Latino, which lost 2 out of 3 final regattas. Just recall that ETNZ just won the first part of the Trophy, the Round Robin. [...]

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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Minus 2 months to arrive to La Maddalena Sardinia!!