• Jan 16th Round Robin: LR vs AM

    PRADA CUP RR1 – Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli vs American Magic



    Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli win Race 3 of Round Robin 1.


    Start: 1515
    Port: ITA
    Stbd: USA
    Course: combination between C &D
    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


    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 bows 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.
    At 30 sec to go to the start Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli had managed to get back up and running, but American Magic were still dead in the water.





    At the start, the Italians crossed the line at speed on starboard from the committee boat end of the line leaving the Americans still struggling for speed coming in on port.

    Eventually Dean Barker did get underway, but they were already 250m behind. In the patchy breeze and when they were fully underway, boat speeds were around 27-28 knots on the first upwind leg. But this kind of pace was short lived. Although Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli were able to get around through the first gate on their foils they couldn’t keep this pace for the entire downwind leg.

    As the breeze stayed down at around 8knots Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli were having trouble getting down leg 2. In their attempt to create sufficient boat speed to get onto the foils they were forced to sail so high that they were sailing across the course rather than down it.
    As they continued to struggle the tables were about to be reversed as American Magic managed to get into some breeze, get up to speed and haul back the massive distance deficit to catch and then overtake the Italians.







    But once again, the patchy breeze caused fortunes to be reversed. This time it was Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli who got back up to speed to sail away from American Magic once again. Minutes later they had passed through gate 2 in the lead.

    From here, American Magic never got close enough to pose a problem for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli. As the Italians approached gate 3 they were well out in front, foiling around the left hand mark. But once again, from the on board comms it was clear that their main concern now was keeping on their foils to get to the finish in a race that had been shortened from three laps to two.


    In order to keep their speed the Italians were gybing through huge angles and in doing so were not making much progress downwind towards the finish. But they held their nerve, stayed with what little breeze they could find and managed to cross the finish line inside the 45min time limit.

    The Italians had taken a nerve wracking win to put their first point on board for Round Robin 1.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2021 Prada Cup: The Brits Own The Day started by Photoboy View original post