Over and Out?
There was more controversy at the LVPS when TeamOrigin was judged to be over the line at the start of its match with Team Italia. The pre-began with Ben Ainslie putting on an impressive display in holding Damiani head to wind, which resulted in a penalty claim that was green flagged. Heading for the line, Origin looked set for a perfectly judged start, but the judges thought otherwise and they were deemed to be over early. By the time they’d gone back, the Italians had an 80 meter lead off the start, which had grown to 148 meters at the top mark.
Ainslie and crew put all they had into catching and got back into the race at the gate, but the Italians kept their cool to take victory by 23 seconds. Attempts to get a hearing for redress, on photographic evidence, failed as the image was not taken at the buoy. The debate on whether they were over is on this AC Anarchy thread
In other races, Alinghi took a decisive win over Luna Rossa to end Round Robin 2 unbeaten, whilst “the defender”, Emirates Team New Zealand, finished with 3 losses, after getting beaten by BMW Oracle. Dean Barker said “We have to stop making the silly little mistakes that have been the story of our second round robin performance.” That’s right, Deano! The lads on Greek Challenge are among those leaving Auckland, but were jubilant that they finished with a third win over Shosholoza. Pic by Chris Cameron and more from the other matches here.