Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

America's Cup Rialto: March 13 - A turbulent learning experience for both teams

by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz 14 Mar 2021 16:57 PDT 15 March 2021
Luna Rossa - America's Cup - Day 3 - March 13, , Course A © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com

The course area moved to Course A, adjacent to Rangitoto Island, and like Course E proved once again to be a speed track, with no real passing lanes.

The last time there was a change of race lead at a mark was on Day 4 of the America’s Cup Regatta, in Round Robin 2 of the Prada Cup. Since then over 100 legs were sailed without a change of race leader.

After six races in the America’s Cup Match the score stands at three wins apiece, and with the boats winning alternate races, is the most keenly contested Match in the 150 years of America’s Cup racing history, dating back to the first Match in 1870.

Being a weekend there was a massive spectator fleet estimated to be 1,500 vessels. Ashore with the lowering of COVID19 Alert Levels to Level 1, the Auckland fans poured into the America’s Cup Village, giving the two America’s Cup teams a rousing send off and noisy return.

Due to the tidal flow, the minimum wind limit was lifted to around 7.5kts , which was only just above the racing windstrength of 8kts for the first race of the afternoon.

The commentator’s theory about the port entry AC75 winning the start was debunked in the start of Race 5, with Emirates Team New Zealand coming in from the left hand and into the start box. They timed their run to perfection sailing at 4.5 times windspeed hitting 40kts in just 9kts of breeze. According to the performance data fed to Virtual Eye the Kiwis got to five times windspeed in the startbox sailing at 35kts in 7kts of breeze. Luna Rossa was turning in similarly impressive windspeed ratios.

Just under a minute from the start, with both AC75’s trying to kill speed, Emirates Team New Zealand came off their foils, but recovered,.

The Kiwis then got caught in the turbulence off Luna Rossa’s mainsail as the Italians passed to windward. Te Rehutai was unable to come up to the start line, despite sailing at 27kts. Emirates Team NZ was forced to get onto port tack and head for the right hand or Rangitoto side of the course and better breezes.

But Luna Rossa sailed a more controlled first 30 seconds of the race and established a lead of 200 metres just over 30 seconds after the start signal.

Luna Rossa was easily able to defend, and the Italians won their third race, going to the top of the America’s Cup leaderboard.

On Race 6, Luna Rossa entered on port, but were at least five seconds late, allowing Emirates Team New Zealand to close in during the pre-start chase, dropping onto the transom of Luna Rossa.

With just under a minute to go, the two split away, with Luna Rossa coming back on the layline for the starboard (right-hand) start mark, and Emirates Team New Zealand well above them, with 40 secs left to the start.

In a replay of the previous start but with the positions reversed, the Kiwis timed their start to perfection, and compounded Luna Rossa’s foiling woes. Burling dropped down onto the Italian’s line with 5sec left to the start and sailing at 34kts, forcing Luna Rossa to sail through some very turbulent air to get to the start line.

As the Italians crossed the start line Burling and friends were 150metres ahead and sailing 10kts faster. Luna Rossa was forced to keep sailing in the wash off the Kiwis rig, and dropping another 100 metres back on the flying Kiwis.

After tacking to get to the right hand side of the course, Luna Rossa, possibly as a result of sailing in the ETNZ generated turbulence, came off her foils conceding another 100 metres with the just over two minutes old.

At the windward Mark 1, Emirates Team New Zealand led by 700metres, and in the steady breeze there was no coming back with the Kiwis extending to be double that margin at the finish line.

The scoreline was back to even, with three wins apiece.

Got some interesting comments from the mixed zone, will have these up in this tory after today's Preview

Check out the latest odds offered by the TAB with the gap being closed between the Italians and Kiwis, but still with the Italians on a very good price - click here

Related Articles

America's Cup: 5th anniversary of the Bermuda win
Fifth anniversary of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's America's Cup win Today, June 27 in New Zealand, or June 26 in Bermuda, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron created sailing history to become the first club to regain the America's Cup, after Emirates Team New Zealand sailed to victory in Race 9. Posted on 26 Jun
Letter from the Antipodes: Smiles and frowns
ETNZ's sailors getting a paddy whacking in the SailGP is the best thing to happen for their Cup Chicago came up very well as a venue offering a spectacular city backdrop; thousands of exuberant fans gathered at the finish on Day 1; good and varied sailing conditions; some opportunity for recovery from a poor start or Mark 1 rounding. Posted on 23 Jun
America's Cup: 'Light on Water' - free event
Book now for Geoff Dale's 'Light on the Water' exhibition and conversation with Peter Montgomery Experience Geoff Dale's remarkable Light on the Water photography exhibition from the 2021 America's Cup before settling as he chats with legendary sports broadcaster, Peter Montgomery. Posted on 21 Jun
America's Cup: Join the Spy Game
The America's Cup spy game has been reinvented. Here's your opportunity to be part of it. Teams using spies armed with long lenses to get an insight into what design direction competitors are heading in, are a common sight. For the 37th America's Cup, the spy game has been reinvented. Here's your opportunity to be part of it. Posted on 14 Jun
America's Cup: Seeking Swiss precision
Magnus Wheatley reports from last week's Alinghi crew and design team announcement Last week, Alinghi Red Bull Racing Team opened the doors of its Switzerland headquarters to the world to present both its sailing and design teams after a rigorous selection process. Magnus Wheatley reports from Ecublens. Posted on 13 Jun
America's Cup family stunned at sudden death
Francesco Longanesi Cattani the External Relations Director for Prada and Luna Rossa dies suddenly. Francesco Longanesi Cattani the long serving CEO Representative of COR 36 and Title Sponsor Liaison in the 36th America's Cup, died suddenly on Friday in the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, after suffering a stroke. Posted on 13 Jun
Leigh McMillan signs on for a third America's Cup
It was a very quick decision for Leigh McMillan to re-sign with INEOS Britannia, Having grown up on the Isle of Wight, Leigh McMillan knows a few things about the America's Cup and it was a very quick decision to re-sign with INEOS Britannia, for his third consecutive America's Cup with the British Challenger. Posted on 10 Jun
America's Cup: Swiss name sailing and design teams
Fourteen sailors have been selected to join the Alinghi Red Bull Racing crew Fourteen sailors have been selected to join the Alinghi Red Bull Racing crew and represent the Société Nautique de Genève during the 37th America's Cup. Posted on 8 Jun
Letter from the Antipodes: Paradise lost for Kiwis
Reasons other than financial, are emerging as to why the regatta was not staged in Auckland. Piece by piece, more information is coming out about the 2024 America's Cup hosting in Barcelona. Reasons other than financial, are emerging as to why the regatta was not staged in Auckland. Posted on 3 Jun
Emirates Team New Zealand set to sail in Australia
Emirates Team NZ's next challenge will be to break one of the most difficult records in sailing After dominating on the water For the past 35 years, Emirates Team NZ's next challenge will be ashore, conducted in Australia, and aimed at breaking one of the hardest records in sailing. Posted on 25 May
Vaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERJ Composites 2022 - J45 FOOTER