Luna Rossa and New Zealand on 1-1 after the first 2 races of the America’s Cup final in Auckland waters. New Zealand won in race 1 with a 31 second lead. Luna Rossa equalized the scores by winning race 2 with a margin of 7 seconds.
The first regatta started regularly at 4.15 pm with ETNZ entering on the left side of the field and Luna Rossa on the right side. At the end of the two minutes Luna Rossa found herself on the starting line on starboard tack downwind to the New Zealand boat which immediately put itself in control. During the following legs, ETNZ’s advantage was always maintained no more than 300 meters, except on the last leg of the stern where the kiwis increased their gap, closing the race with a 31 second advantage.
The second test was conducted from the beginning by Luna Rossa, who won the start and immediately went to cover, gaining meters on all six sides and defending the right of the most favored field. On the last two sides the New Zealanders got into a worrying position thanks to a separation in the fourth gate, which made them recover a few seconds, both in the fifth gate and on the finish line, crossed only 8 seconds after Luna Rossa.
The day ended in a positive way, with Luna Rossa taking home the first point of the series, as well as the team’s first victory in an America’s Cup match.
After tomorrow’s break, racing will resume on Friday again at 4.15 pm with two more races scheduled.
For Max Sirena, skipper and team director, “it was an important and interesting day because there was a lot of expectation on the part of both teams and a lot of curiosity in understanding the differences between the performance of the two boats. We raced in a range. of wind, from 13 to 17 knots, which is much more favorable to their configuration, so having seen that by racing well we can beat them is good news for us and gives us even more confidence. Surely we have made some mistakes, which we will analyze carefully tomorrow , but the day ends in a positive way and gives us a lot of energy “, he adds.