Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena Sunday in an action-packed afternoon of match race sailing. Two races down and on match point the New Zealand boat that won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland in February finally prevailed 3-2 against the SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team.
It was the first time in America’s Cup history that a Russian-flagged boat has reached the final of a Louis Vuitton-sponsored event and her mixed Russian and international crew led by Polish skipper Karol Jablonski came very close to clinching the series.
A shifty easterly breeze that built slowly in speed provided excellent conditions on a warm, sunny final day of racing. Because there was no wind early, the petit final for third and fourth places was abandoned and the French/German team All4One was confirmed in third place, with Sweden’s Artemis fourth.
Final, Race Two: SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team def. Emirates Team New Zealand, 01:22
Final, Race Three: Emirates Team New Zealand def. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team , 01:05
Final, Race Four: Emirates Team New Zealand def. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, 00:04Louis Vuitton - Final Results
1. Emirates Team New Zealand
2. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team
5. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team
8. Luna Rossa
9. BMW Oracle Racing Team
10. ALEPH Sailing Team
7 June 2010 8:28 GMT