I agree, they are faster in almost every condition and point of sail. Everything has to go right for LR to stay in front, and they did an excellent good job throughout the race except for that one shift. However, even if they defended that, ETNZ may have passed them downwind anyway.My interpretation of his stats is that ETNZ are faster across the range. However how does he factor in the unknown of what mode the boats are being asked to sail? Only those onboard know that.
We mere mortals go "Ok let's pinch a bit here" as we look a third of the way up the course doing 8-12 knots boat speed. These dudes are thinking about their position two laps ahead doing 40 knots!
I just watched the onboard videos from each boat. I feel sorry for Bruni. You can hear (I think Tuke) on the other boat saying we got lucky here. They had know idea it's gonna work out for them.