Time.news – Perfect parity after the first day of the America’s Cup finals which officially took the off in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland between the holders of Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli who won one race each. There wasn’t that the overwhelming power of the New Zealanders that was feared on the eve. The first of the two regattas foreseen in the challenge for the conquest of the prestigious ‘Silver pitcher’ of the 36th edition of the ‘100 Guineas Cup’ it started at 4.12 Italian time.
The Defender immediately took a good lead on Luna Rossa who missed the start: the helmsmen of the Italian boat Francesco Bruni and Jimmy Spithill arrived too early on the starting line and they had to slow down, favoring New Zealand’s comeback, who immediately afterwards overtook and immediately gained a lead of 150 meters which he increased during the regatta. Team New Zealand controlled the race easily crossing the line after 23’08 “with a 31” advantage over Luna Rossa.
In race-2 the immediate rematch of Luna Rossa who beat the New Zealanders in the photo finishThe blue team won the second race of this America’s Cup final after a race in which he had built a good leador that, after a tactical error at the start of the third upwind leg, it was almost completely reset. Luna Rossa, in fact, instead of marking the Defender he chose to move to the right side, where the wind pressure was lower. In the end, however, the Italian boat succeeded to cross the finish line with a 7 “advantage over Team New Zealand.
“It was a good regatta, a fight of tacking – the Australian helmsman of Luna Rossa declared at the end of the regatta, Jimmy Spithill – we got up well after race-1. We followed the plan we had set ourselves, then we arrived calmly and we won. “As for the mistake he has risked compromising the regatta, the helmsman explained: “We reached the mark and we saw a pressure that we think could be positive on the right. After that, we kept our cool. Surely this is one of the regatta fields in which the boat that starts in the lead has an advantage – he added – we had to figure out when to tack and when to jibe for to be able to take advantage and we did. Now let’s see what will happen on Friday, I can’t wait. “
There will be a break on Thursday and then on Friday we will start again with two races a day. You win the best of 13 races that will be played two at a time and, in the event of a tie, he would see winner whoever wins the 13th regatta (which would be scheduled on March 17). Luna Rossa e Emirates Team New Zealand they compete in the waters of Auckland on a race course approximately 1.7 nautical miles long (approximately 3 km) and between 0.5 and 0.8 nautical miles wide (0.9 km to 1.5 km).