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THE FIRST DAY OF LOUIS VUITTON ACT 12 IS A PROMISING ONE FOR AREVA CHALLENGE
Valence - 2006-06-22
Louis Vuitton Act 12 got off to a challenging start for Thierry Peponnet and his crew. AREVA Challenge first went head to head with Alinghi for their first match, and then Desafio Español in the second.
In spite of leaving two points to their opponents, the day was a positive one for the crew, who in particular, had two very good starts.
Indeed, FRA 60 is the oldest boat in the fleet, but it can be said that the team has given it a new life against its adversaries, some of whom are sailing brand new boats. For instance the Spanish are competing with their new boat for the first time.
Against the Spanish, we had another beautiful start followed by a very tight upwind leg (13 seconds advantage to AREVA Challenge at the first mark – after 25 tacks!). We kept the lead until the first downwind leg, when both teams decided to round the same leeward mark. A tactical error led to too close of a mark rounding and a foul on our part. The judges continued to give us two additional penalties until we were passed by our opponent – a payment for what had happened. We finished 1 minute, 30 seconds behind.”
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