Crews in the ten international teams spent another long day on the water at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena with the first race starting soon after 09:00 and the last not finishing until 17:30.
TeamOrigin took their third win, defeating Synergy Russian Sailing Team, by six seconds. TeamOrigin was bow-out in mid-line at the start with Synergy close to the committee boat. The Russians hung tough on the starboard tack but were forced away after two minutes. They led approaching the starboard layline, only to drop back in a left shift that put Ainslie ahead by 14 seconds at the top mark.
The boats rounded opposite leeward marks. Origin conceded valuable seconds as the gennaker went under the bow but held a handy lead. Karol Jablonski took the fight back approaching the top mark, up on Origin's hip on the port tack. The British were six seconds ahead around the mark and blunted Russians' attacks on the last run.
This latest victory puts the British team in joint third place with Mascalzone Latino, All4One and Synergy Russian Sailing Team. Tied for the lead are Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand.
Other results Thursday:
Flight Sixteen, Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand def Azzurra 00:13
Flight Six, Race One: Emirates Team New Zealand def ALEPH Sailing Team 00:29
Flight Fourteen, Race One: Mascalzone Latino Audi def Artemis, 00:46
Flight Sixteen, Race One: Synergy Russian Sailing Team def ALEPH Sailing Team, 00:33
Flight 22, Race One, Luna Rossa def BMW Oracle Racing, 00:22Provisional win-loss leaderboard after Thursday racing:
=1. Artemis, 4-1, 4 points
=1. Emirates Team New Zealand, 4-1, 4 points
=3. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 4-1, 3 points *
=3. All4One, 3-3, 3 points
=3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 3-3, 3 points
=3. TEAMORIGIN, 3-3, 3 points
=7. Azzurra, 2-3, 2 points
=7. Luna Rossa, 2-5, 2 points
=9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 1-4, 1 point
=10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-4, -2 points *
* Penalties deducted by Jury/UmpiresWatch it Live Here
27 May 2010 22:51