The first races of the Louis Vuitton Cup have taken place and there were few surprises. Alinghi cruised to an easy win over a slow Le Defi Areva, as did OneWorld over Mascalzone Latino.
Prada made their race with Oracle/BMW Racing a tad more exciting, but the Louis Vuitton Cup defenders lost. A smooth Stars & Stripes beat Team GBR by 20 seconds, but had a hard time stretching their lead.
Alinghi defeats Le Defi Areva by 4m:48s
Oracle/BMW racing defeats Prada by 42s.
OneWorld defeats Mascalzone Latino by 5m:43s.
Stars & Stripes defeats Team GBR by 20s.
The matchups for Oct. 2 are as follows:
Match 1 – Stars & Stripes (USA 66) – Luna Rossa (ITA 74)
Match 2 – OneWorld (USA 67) – Alinghi (SUI 64)
Match 3 – Oracle BMW Racing (USA 76) – Mascalzone Latino (ITA 72)
Match 4 – Orn (SWE 63) – Le Defi (FRA 69)
Off – Wight Lightning (GBR 70)