We were in for some interesting racing conditions as inconsistent and light winds threatened some of the race schedule at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Toulon. But the crowds were lucky enough to witness the full show whilst basking under the Mediterranean sun, surrounded by beautiful, mountainous scenery.
Day 1 of racing came down to tactics rather than speed due to the light and “flaky” breeze which ended with a tie on points between Oracle Team USA and Land Rover BAR. The day demonstrated the unpredictable and thrilling nature of the America’s Cup with Land Rover BAR jumping from last place to first in the space of two races. The stars of the day though were Artemis Racing who dominated with two first places and a third.
Day 2 saw Nathan Outteridge’s Olympic skills at play once more as Artemis Racing took first place in the first race of the day and Soft Bank Team Japan took second – an improvement on the poor performance from Day 1.
The second race of the day saw Land Rover BAR storm to the front of the race. By the time they came to cross the finish line, their lead gap was so big (1min 51) that they passed the rest of the fleet who were still trying to complete the 4th leg. Home team, Groupama Team France took second place.
In the final race, despite a good performance from Groupama Team France, Dean Barker of Soft Bank Japan took first place which earnt them second place in the regatta.
Artemis Racing’s fantastic performance resulted in three race wins out six and sealed their regatta victory in the Bay of Toulon. However, Land Rover BAR’s 4th position of the final race secured their place at the top of the overall standings where they’ve now taken the America’s Cup World Series lead by 14 points.
The Final Show Down
There is only one America’s Cup World Series to go and we’re off to Fukuoka, Japan for Asia’s first hosting of an America’s Cup race within the sport’s 165 year history. The city will be buzzing with excited crowds and nail biting fans as the teams battle it out one last time - the winner of which will take a two point lead into the double round robin Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda in May 2017. The team finishing second will take one point which could play to their advantage in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. Take a look at the racing schedule here.
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