VIDEO – Check out the episode of the Cup Newspaper dedicated to the Preliminary Regattas

The AC 40 Luna Rossa in the air during the first race of the day at Vilanova

The America’s Cup is back, with the warm-up of the Vilanova Preliminary Regattas run with the AC 40s, and with her our Cup Journal could not miss the appointment. The most-watched format on the web during the 36th edition is back again for this America’s Cup 2023-2024 with a first commentary episode of the three-day Catalan regatta.

Guests of our Mauro Giuffrè were. Francis Bertone from DryLaps Team, tactician of Ker 46 Lisa R and European Waszp 2022 and Italian 2023 Champion; Lamberto Cesari, sailor and racer with extensive experience among Formula 18 (on Vittorio Bissaro’s bow), Class A and more; Luca Bassani, modern boating guru, visionary founder of the Wally brand, sailor and racer.

The Cup Journal – Preliminary Regattas Edition

The Cup Newspaper – The big themes of the debate

Although the three-day Vilanova event was stingy in terms of the number of races held, there was no shortage of hot topics. One above all, of course, was the weather conditions, which influenced the course of the races and put the emphasis on how important it will be to best interpret wave and light wind on future AC 75s.

Then there is the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli issue, which did not shine in Catalonia despite confirming itself as one of the most solid teams despite little training time on the AC 40. Luna Rossa’s people have made it clear, however, the Preliminary Regattas are their own thing, they are not the real America’s Cup which is the great and true goal of the whole campaign.

Topics of debate included a passage on the negative performance of Ineos Britannia, always at the back of the fleet. But as even Luna Rossa’s men say, this is not yet the real America’s Cup, although losing though doesn’t please anyone.



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