• It's Do Or Die Time For Ineos


    © Chris Cameron

    With so much riding on this weekend it is not surprising that all eyes have been on the weather forecast. Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli need just three more wins to take the Prada Cup.

    If they continue their winning streak and deliver two victories today, their path to the Americaís Cup Match itself could be secured as early as tomorrow if they were to win the first of two scheduled races.

    All of which puts huge pressure on both teams, but in particular INEOS TEAM UK who are still trying to get a score on the board.
    They know that time is running out fast. They also know the risks of making radical last minute changes in an attempt to play catch up and will be focussing on taking each race as it comes. If they can secure two wins today, their chances of taking racing into next week when the breeze is due to be stronger may increase their chances of a comeback.

    But, while longer term strategies will have been planned, neither team will be looking any further ahead than today for the time being. Figuring out how to succeed over the next few hours will be taking all of their attention and naturally the weather will play a big part.
    The problem is that no matter how closely either team has followed the developing forecasts, the chances are that they will be none the wiser this morning. Todayís weather is complex where even the highest resolution models disagree.

    At the scheduled first start one shows a South Westerly sea breeze of around 9-12knots developing over course area E where racing will take place.
    Itís a complicated picture, driven by the development of a high pressure system that has built over New Zealand this week.



    A few weeks ago Luna Rossaís Max Sirena said in jest that he didnít look at weather forecasts any more as they change every three hours. Today is a good example as to why he wasnít being as flippant as we might have thought and why keeping eyes out of the boat and reading the conditions will be crucial.
    The Italiansí reputation for being slippery in the light airs puts them in a good position, but in the past they havenít always had the British teamís advantage in situations like this of having a dedicated tactician.

    But itís not just the teams that will be under pressure to read the conditions and make the right calls. Regatta Director Iain Murray and his team will have their work cut out to set courses across a wide range of possible wind directions.
    It might be a light weather day, but it will be full-on for the teams and the race management as the race for the Prada Cup heats up.

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    The America's Cup Race Village and village activations are closed this weekend due to Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions.
    Restrictions below also apply:

    Racecourses B & C will not be used for racing, to mitigate the chance of large public gatherings on shore, which are in line with Government Level 2 restrictions.
    2 metre physical distancing, and face masks recommended.
    All bars, restaurants and cafes surrounding the Race Village can remain open in line with Ministry of Health COVID-19 Level 2 Guidelines.
    Public are reminded to always scan the NZCOVID19 Tracer App.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2021 Prada Cup: The Brits Own The Day started by Photoboy View original post