Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Alinghi Beats Oracle by One Second

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW ORACLE Racing
AUCKLAND, NZ – The Swiss boat Alinghi pulled off a one-second come-from-behind victory over BMW Oracle Racing today on the Hauraki Gulf in the first race of the challenger finals for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.

The American boat Oracle, skippered by Russell Coutts led the whole race only to see Alinghi, with Ed Baird at the helm, get to the favoured end of the finish line and snatch the win.

Competition in the three-race challenger series will continue tomorrow, Thursday, and the winner will meet the host team Emirates Team New Zealand in a seven-race series on Friday and Saturday. -