Louis Vuitton

BMW Oracle Racing face first defeat

Emirates Team New Zealand exposed the first cracks in the armour of the dominant BMW Oracle Racing team at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today. The New Zealanders split race wins with the regatta leader, winning their second match by a nail-biting one-second margin over the fast advancing Americans.Oracle skipper James Spithill had won the pair’s first match, preserving his team’s no-loss record after four days of racing off the host Dubai International Marine Club and putting the Kiwis on the back foot.In an about-face, New Zealand’s Dean Barker grabbed control at the start of the second race and led the Americans around the course. The scoreboard now has BMW Oracle Racing on seven points and Emirates Team New Zealand in second place with 3.5 points. Sweden’s Artemis Racing, Synergy Russian Sailing Team and the French/German team All4One are third-equal on three points. Italy’s Mascalzone Latino Audi team is sixth with two points.Day 3 - Provisional Results: 1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 7-1, 7 pts 2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 4-3, 3.5 pts *= 3. Artemis Racing, 3-4, 3 pts= 3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 3-5, 3 pts= 3. All4One, 3-5, 3 pts 6. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 3-5, 2 pts ** Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

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