BMW Oracle-Shosholoza races during Louis Vuitton Cup
Note: This article is related to the comment Juan Kouyoumdjian made in his interview to this website last Monday, regarding the races between BMW Oracle and Team Shosholoza.
An anonymous reader of our website and avid Shosholoza fan from Durban sent us this comment on the victories of BMW Oracle over Shosholoza during the Louis Vuitton Cup last spring in Valencia, together with two screen shots from VirtualEye to corroborate his claim.
Valencia Sailing doesn't endorse these claims but we publish them in order to give the point of view of the South African fans.
When BMW Oracle overtook Shosholoza on the second beat in Round Robin 2, she did so from a separation of nearly 1.5km and a left shift!
In Round Robin 1 she overtook from a big left shift and more wind but from closer as the wind that day was very random.
BMW Oracle had an incredible run of success with passing their opponents on clear shifts, I think they psyched their opposition into making tactical mistakes but also probably got a bit lucky during the rounds which flattered their performance, but then ran out of that lucky streak in the Semifinals...
Of course I would not try to claim that RSA-83 was as quick as USA-98, that
would be daft considering that BMW Oracle had around 20 times the design
budget and most probably a much heavier bulb...
Durban, South Africa
RR1: USA-98 (Blue) takes big left shift and pressure to pass RSA-83
RR2: USA-98 (Yellow) takes left shift to pass RSA83