Prada Cup, anything goes: Moon sweet and bitter, American Magic shipwreck


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Still the wind to be the master in the Hauraki Gulf, this time tense but still decisive with variations in intensity and direction. Luna Rossa chews bitterly for the first race cancelled against the British, where it seemed to be well ahead, even as Ben Ainslie in the second one proves once again that he is the most fit man in this Prada Cup. In the second match of the day the twist. American Magic capsizes and goes one step short of sinking, Luna Rossa goes for a point on a very difficult day. Still uncertain is the fate of Patriot, the American boat, which may have significant damage on board.



First the illusion, then the hoax. Luna Rossa is there and proved it in the first race of the day against Ben Ainslie’s men, a race that was interrupted and then restarted due to a large wind shift. And it was in the race that was later cancelled that Luna Rossa got off to a good start and seemed to be able to control, tactically and through excellent performances, Ineos Team Uk. But the vagaries of the wind forced our people to start from scratch, with the Bruni Spithill pair stringing together another excellent start and still taking the lead after the first few crossings. The race remains tight, and the British first reset the lead at the second windward mark, where Luna Rossa did not look perfect tactically, then moved up aft. The Ainslie-Scott duo stepped up to the plate and went to march tight on ours and take the point with 18 seconds to spare. Ineos still undefeated.


Photo Georgia Schofield Live Sail Die

Wind still fresh, between 15 and 20 knots. Good start by Luna Rossa, who goes for the attack, protests the Americans, but the umpires let it run on the right tack, left tack. American Magic holds the right but Luna Rossa passes at the first intersection. In the second, however, the Americans came back ahead and then began to apply the classic pattern of match racing in marking the opponent. The American boat seems slightly faster, the lead Of Dean Barker and Therry Hutchinson gradually increases. A plumbing problem is reported from aboard Luna Rossa, and the match at this point seems to be in the hands of the Americans. At the last upwind gate the twist. Clubman Paul Godison warns, “It’s going to be a hard by the way.” There seems to be a jump to the left, and tacking tightly into the buoy resting immediately is not easy. American Magic tries, the boat immediately flies too high losing contact of the downwind foil with the water, the mainsail is left seemingly stuck on the wheel, and the boat capsizes. Luna Rossa goes to close the race and take the point, taking no chances under a strong wind increase. The unexpected scene is that the American AC 75 after being straightened does not come back up; it seems to have taken on a lot of water. American Magic is actually semi-sunken, supported by a few buoys, and about 9 miles from the harbor.

Mauro Giuffrè

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