Might we be seeing one of the most impressive come backs anywhere? After a six hour delay at the start while the wind finally settled in, and half way up the first beat of race two, Alinghi had a 400 meter lead with the help of a nice shift, but appeared to be going quite well – certainly much better than in race one. We’d guess booting Beratelli off the wheel for Loïck Peyron probably had something to do with it…They still had a penalty turn to do, however. Here’s the race viewer and see below for all the viewing info you need..
And then how things changed! BMWO seemed to get going better at the end of the beat, picked a perfect layline, while it looked like Alinghi blew a chance to tack in front or lee bow BMWO, and that allowed BMWO to round the weather mark first, and from there just sailed away on the next two reaches. They built over a 2000 meter lead and just that quickly they went on to win by over five minutes. Amazing, really. We’ll have loads more soon.