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BMW Oracle take Cagliari Cup

Team Sea Dubai come up with creditable performance for 7th position.

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 23:16 April 27, 2009
  • Gulf News

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  • Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts are the winners of the Cagliari RC 44 Cup that concluded on Sunday.

Cagliari, Italy: With the wind playing tricks, organisers had no option but cancel racing on the final day and declare BMW Oracle Racing as winners of the Cagliari Cup on Sunday.

Despite a good forecast and some promising moments, Peter Reggio had no other option but to send all the teams back to port at 2.30pm on the final day.

The winner of the fleet regatta, Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing, also grabbed the Cagliari RC 44 Cup - the combined fleet and match race ranking - ahead of Chris Bake's Team Aqua and Igor Lah's Ceeref.

Aqua, Ceeref and Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis finished the event on a tie, with seven points each; however the fleet race results are taken into account to separate the teams on equal points, hence offering the silver to Bake and the bronze to Lah.

"I am very happy, because it was really tough behind the wheel this week. The sailing conditions were tricky, but it was the same for all of us. The level in this Class is very tough, and the other owners are very experienced," stated Ellison, the BMW Oracle Racing helmsman.

Final results after nine flights of Match Racing: 1. Artemis, Dean Barker, 9/0, (9pts); 2. No Way Back, Philippe Presti, 6/3, 1 penalty, (5); 3. Ceeref, Sébastien Col, 6/3, 1 penalty, (5); 4. BMW Oracle Racing, Larry Ellison, 5/4, (5); 5. Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton, 4/5, (4); 6. Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2/7, (2); 7. Team Organika, Karol Jablonski, 2/7, (2); 8. Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser, 2/7, (2); 9. Team Austria, Christian Binder, 1/8, (1).

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