Such a start to the Prada Cup semifinals was in everyone’s hopes but hardly anyone dared to say it. Instead, Luna Rossa chased fears away and, despite a strong wind theoretically more favorable to American Magic, she wins the first two races. The result is therefore 2-0, with a theoretical match point that could already arrive tomorrow evening, on the second day. But it will be gained meter by meter, tack by tack. The Italian boat proved to be extraordinarily fast and very competitive even in the 18/20-knot wind of this debut day. But it wasn’t just a matter of speed. Checco Bruni appeared dominant, very present on the tactical readings, and the communication aboard Luna Rossa seemed to take decisive steps forward. At the bottom of the article, you will find instructions on how to review the regattas with our comment.
Checco Bruni and James Spithill are not in mood to give gifts, they smell the “scent of blood” of a wounded American Magic and immediately try to bite at the start. Luna Rossa takes the leeward and blocks Dean Barker and his companions who can only tag along and start already under the control of the Italian boat. The first feeling is that Luna Rossa has slightly lower speed peaks but manages to keep excellent angles in the wind. The advantage is constantly growing, buoy after buoy, also because the Americans are not flawless, and they seem to have problems in the movement of the foil arm which causes them several dives in the water, one of which disastrous with consequent exit from race course boundaries and penalties. On the finish line, Luna Rossa imposes herself with 2 minutes and 43 seconds.
In many respects, the second race of the day is similar to the first. Luna Rossa takes the leeward again and dominates the start, starting once again on the bow of Patriot. The Americans keep only for the first leg of the wind, then the gap increases inexorably. Luna Rossa seems faster even than the Americans both downwind and upwind. To further hearten is a newfound communication between the men on board, between James Spithill and Checco Bruni in particular, compared to the last race against the Brits. Bruni is also very active in reading the wind and in strategic calls. The feeling is that the tactical reading of the regatta is more entrusted to him and Pietro Sibello (seen again at the stern of the mainsail to scan the field) rather than to Spithill. A new dive into the water by American Magic paves the way for a comfortable victory for Luna Rossa, which even imposes itself with 3 minutes and 7 seconds of margin.
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