Saturday, May 20, 2006

Could Shosholoza "place" in Act 11?

Oh my goodness!

After my excitement thus far, Shosholoza are excelling themselves again! After two races in Act 11 (fleet races as opposed to the one-on-one races of Act 10), Shosholoza is lying third - after beating favourites Alinghi, BMW Oracle and the Kiwis!!

To give you an idea of the achievement, teams like Luna Rossa and BMW Oracle have budgets of over $100m.

From News24:

Shosholoza in third place
20/05/2006 10:38 - (SA)

Johannesburg - Consistency and a superb solid performance brought South Africa's Team Shosholoza two impressive fifth places and third spot overall after the opening two races today of the Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 11 fleet racing event being held in the Mediterranean off Spain.

Smart tactical racing in light, shifty winds and a lumpy sea saw the South Africans finish ahead of some of the giants of the Americas Cup in both races. In the first they put Cup Defenders Alinghi three boat lengths behind them at the finish and convincingly beat the Italian Luna Rossa challenger who finished 10th.

In the second race they finished two places ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand and beat the American winners of the Louis Vuitton Act 10, BMW ORACLE Racing, in both races.

More at the America's Cup site and on News24.

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