BYM News is where you're going to find all the Louis Vuitton and America's Cup action, on one website, over the coming months. In this new America's Cup section of the website, we'll be bringing you informed opinion and inside stories and, at the end of each month, we'll also be publishing all the stories in pdf format, as a supplement to the popular BYM Magazine, which you will be able to download print and keep.
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HERE'S HOW OUR MAN IN VALENCIA ASSESSED THE TEAMS' CHANCES, AFTER ACT 13

 

Alinghi (left): They are just too good for words.

 

 

Areva Challenge (right): They’ve shown some sparkling moments this last week but too many poor ones to have made much of an impression on this hack.

 

 

 

BMW/Oracle (left): Very fast with some nice set pieces they have been practicing. Going to be a close one with ETNZ.

Team China (right): After a disastrous week when everything seemed to have failed (crew included, they actually looked pretty good on Saturday. They had a nice start, held on to the others and finished intact. Their start in the final race was a doozy and I began to wonder if they had a “China Syndrome” inside the sail locker and decided they had to get around the course before complete meltdown. Anyway. They are working hard at it and you can see the improvements daily. Louis Vuitton. Not a chance, but I’d love to be proved wrong.

 

 

Desafio Español (left): Well, they definitely have the speed, but too many times over at the start and too many risky manoeuvres are going to send them back to the ranch very early if they are not careful.

 

Emirates Team New Zealand (right):  Fast as hell, but the speed seems to be affecting crew decisions and actions. In with a very good chance for the Louis Vuitton though.

 

 

 

 

Luna Rossa (left): Going very well at times and showing some good  upwind speed. Definitely in with a chance, but ooohhh dear, my Italian boys. What the hell was that bit of garbage called a genoa that you were flying during race 6? The leech was fluttering like a set of helicopter blades. You ain’t gonna win with that floor cloth up there.

Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia (right): Good fast boat, but they still seem to have the downwind stuff screwed up. Some funny tactical decisions going on, but definitely the favourite dark horse.

 

+39 (left): Well, they had the speed, before the mast came tumbling down and I’m left to wonder if they can get it back in time, before the round robins get under way. They are a dedicated bunch of hard workers and so well liked even by the other teams. You can see this by the amount of help they have been given from their rivals.

Shosholoza (right): Come on you guys! You’ve got the boat speed for sure, but your starting is diabolical. Just pretend this is the Boer War and that all the other boats are English. You won the cup that time.

 

 

 

United Internet Team Germany (left): Definitely a go fast/go slow boat. One minute they are mixing it at the head of the fleet, next minute they look as though they have stopped for a spot of lunch and some fishing. Get out there and work on it lads.

 

Victory Challenge (right): Fast, but not fast enough as yet. Sailing quite well though with few mistakes. Maybe a large plate of pickled herrings will do the trick.

 

 

Who will win the America's Cup? No doubt in my mind that it will go back to Geneva. The Louis Vuitton? Between BMW Oracle and ETNZ I reckon, but wouldn't be all that surprised, if Desafio or Mascalzone upset the apple cart.