A tricky and yet revealing day for the Challengers competing in the PRADA Cup Round Robins due the to the tricky light wind conditions that frequently forced the AC75’s off their foils.
A positive day for the Challenger of Record of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli as the Italians took a nerve wracking win against American Magic on the first race of the day to lodge their first point on the board.
The second race of the day, once again was the British challenger INEOS TEAM UK that again surprised many by winning their third race in a row in conditions they were expected to struggle in against the Americans.
It was a tough day for American Magic, with two consecutive losses which Skipper Terry Hutchinson described as ‘character building’.
The pressure mounting, but the turnaround performance for the British team is a clear example as to how fast things can change and nothing can be taken for granted.
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli win RR1 Race 3 against American Magic
- RR1 Race 3
- Start: 1515
- Port: ITA
- Stbd: USA
- Axis: 204
- Length: 1.8nm
- Current: 1.1 knots @ 336
- Wind: 8-14 knots / 225 degrees
- Winner: Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (ITA)
- American Magic (USA) DNF (time limit)
As Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (ITA) entered the pre-start area from the left hand side there were the first few signs that this would be a tricky race. Struggling to stay on their foils the Italian team made it across the bow of right of way American Magic (USA), just. But shortly after this both boats had dropped down into the water and were now very slow. More