OneWorld Sneaks Past Winless French

Franck Socha/louis Vuitton

The French Le Défi Areva team almost shook up the pecking order today as they narrowly missed defeating OneWorld. The French trailed by inches around the first mark and while OneWorld was occasionally able to build upon their lead, the Le Défi team never let them run away and hide. The final delta was just 21 seconds. With Andy Beadsworth starting Wight Lightning, replacing Andy Green at least for that race, GBR Challenge was able to force Victory Challenge over the line early and cruise to a 48-second victory. Alinghi knocked Oracle BMW Racing from the ranks of the unbeaten, leaving just OneWorld without a loss, and Team Dennis Conner kept Mascalzone Latino from recording its first win.

Flight 8 Results
Team Dennis Conner def. Mascalzone Latino by 1m:36s
Alinghi def. Oracle BMW Racing by 1m:43s
OneWorld def. Le Défi Areva by 21s
GBR Challenge def. Victory Challenge by 48s
Prada had the day off

Standings as of Oct. 11
Alinghi (6-1) 6 points
OneWorld (6-0) 5 points
Oracle BMW Racing (4-1) 4 points
Victory Challenge (3-3) 3 points
Prada (3-3) 3 points
Team Dennis Conner (3-4) 3 points
GBR Challenge (2-4) 2 points
Mascalzone Latino (0-5) 0 points
Le Défi Areva (0-6) 0 points

Racing lineup for Oct. 12
GBR Challenge vs. Oracle
Prada vs. OneWorld
Alinghi vs. Victory Challenge
Mascalzone vs. Le Défi Areva
Team Dennis Conner has the day off.