Tough day for Luna Rossa in Auckland, with the New Zealanders stringing together a deadly one-two and placing the break on the series bringing the America’s Cup final to 5-3. Dramatic day for the Italian crew, which races well, is ahead often, but fails to win. In the first race it was Team New Zealand’s performance that made the difference. In the second, however, it is the whims of the wind that first gives Luna Rossa a huge advantage and then takes it away. The series goes to 5-3, something really moved this time as the balance of the final, unfortunately in favor of the Kiwis. It’s back on the water right away, with the Kiwis trying to close out the series and get their hands on the America’s Cup and Luna Rossa ready to hang on until the last meter of the last race.
THE CHRONICLE OF THE FIFTH DAY OF RACING
Very risky start for Luna Rossa, with New Zealand very aggressive from downwind pushing up the Italian boat. The situation looks very difficult, but the Kiwis are early and eventually have to break through. Luna Rossa slipped onto the line at great speed in pogata and eventually departed faster than Team New Zealand, eventually rolling their opponent just over the line. At this point the Italian cockpit begins to mark tightly with the Kiwis appearing very fast. The match is tight, New Zealand does not come off the windward mark, and the two boats arrive at the gate very close together. There is a cold sweat on the first gybe with New Zealand having a slight separation and going down significantly faster. The overtaking seemed to materialize, Luna rossa hanging on to a few dozen meters lead, with a race that was heart-pounding. Halfway down the stern Luna Rossa rebuilds a bit of a lead, and in the Italian night it’s back to breathing. The Italian cockpit chooses the left gate to defend that side of the field but concedes a nice separation because it goes all the way to the boundary to tack, having approached the gat by gybing maneuvering earlier would have been difficult due to speed issues. New Zealand on the right appears to be gaining and overtaking the Italian boat. The Kiwis passed, with Luna Rossa being forced to make a bone-chilling leebow; Team New Zealand, however, resisted upwind and went on to materialize the overtake, with subsequent tacking in the face. The race goes uphill, partly because the stern Kiwis seem markedly faster. JK at the aft gate for Luna Rossa, but Peter Burling does not seem in the mood for gifts and immediately tags along. The regatta does not reopen, the Kiwis in clean air are devastating, and they stretch steadily to the end. 4-3 for the Kiwis.
Start all played on time on distance, Luna rossa starts under wind and immediately manages to blow the opponent away. First lead for the Italian boat, with New Zealand going right and Luna Rossa starting the match ahead. Luna Rossa doesn’t mark, Bruni doesn’t trust the left and goes to tack to right-center field. The Italian boat actually seems to latch on to a pressure on the right and Luna crosses well ahead going well into coverage, with a small but concrete lead to hang on to. The biggest problem for Luna Rossa seems to be the stern, where Team New Zealand jibes and manages to get going again and again. However, the wind seems to be decreasing and there are many variations in intensity on the field. Also because of this, the Italian cockpit tries to close all the doors, the Kiwis attack furiously and fall off the foils resoundingly in the middle of the stern. The wind seems to have dropped so much and Team New Zealand takes forever to get going again with Luna Rossa going on the run. But the race is an endless yellow, at the windward gate Luna Rossa falls off the foils and has the problem of having to climb back on the foils near the buoy. New Zealand makes a comeback in great speed, meanwhile the race committee shortens the course and Luna Rossa would be left with only the last side before the finish line, but it fails to get back on the foils. The Kiwis pass with Luna Rossa failing to get back on the foils. Dramatic moment of the regatta, with the astonished Italian cockpit seeing their opponent leave without being able to counter it. Devastating 1-2 from the New Zealanders, who go on to take the fifth point of the series and appear to put one hand on the America’s Cup.
BOA 1 LR 16 seconds
BOA 2 4 minutes 8 seconds
BOA 3 ETNZL 4 minutes 27 seconds
BOA 4 4 minutes 6 seconds
ARRIVAL 3 minutes 55
Everything that happened on the water will be analyzed and discussed in today’s episode of The Cup Newspaper at 1 p.m. Guests of Bacci Del Buono and Mauro Giuffrè will be Ettore Botticini, Maelle Frascari, Daniele De Tullio and Federico Albano.
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