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    Published on 02-21-2021 06:41 PM
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    The G.H. Mumm Champagne was flowing for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli who sailed to victory today in the PRADA Cup Final. The Italians winning the Series 7-1 over INEOS TEAM UK, now move onto the America’s Cup Match, the ultimate goal four years in the making, starting in 12 days time.

    Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli outraced the British team in today’s medium to light conditions that proved to favour the Italians so markedly.

    For the second time in their six attempts, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ...
    Published on 02-19-2021 11:00 PM
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    INEOS TEAM UK beat Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli

    all images © Studio Borlenghi/COR

    Start: 1715
    Port: GBR
    Stbd: ITA
    Course: E
    Axis: 248
    Length: 1.8nm
    Current: 0.2 knots @ 353
    Wind: 8-12knots 225 degrees

    Winner INEOS TEAM UK – 0:14

    For the second race of the day the breeze had increased slightly. INEOS TEAM UK were first into the pre-start zone and were able to control the start more readily. Two small advantages, but would the British team be able to convert these into an advantage at the start?
    As both boats headed towards the start line, positions were reversed from the first start of ...
    Published on 02-19-2021 02:58 PM
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    © 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 ...
    Published on 02-16-2021 06:24 PM
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    17th February 2021


    In these uncertain times, as the permitted Event Organiser responsible for the delivery of the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA in Auckland under ...
    Published on 02-14-2021 01:20 PM
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    PRADA Cup Final Race 4 summary

    With four wins on the scoreboard Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli comes away of the first PRADA Cup Final weekend having stamped their authority and with the first to seven going to the Match, INEOS TEAM UK path gets steeper and steeper.

    A first tight races with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and INEOS TEAM UK displaying perfect one-on-one duels of tacks and tactics, was followed by a race in which the British team made one pre start mistake and were left chasing the Italians for the remained of the race.

    With the boats performance looking pretty even, the start becomes a defining moment. The Italians simply sailed better and dictated both races to the British.

    The races have been held today on ‘the back paddock’ - as the Race Course E is commonly called – with a north-easterly ...
    Published on 02-14-2021 01:03 PM
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    As a result of the Government announcement of a Level 3 lockdown in Auckland, initially for 72 hours, the next scheduled race day ...
    Published on 02-13-2021 10:39 AM
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    Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and INEOS TEAM UK squared off today to determine the winner of the PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series and the right to face the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand.

    The first day of the PRADA Cup Final was a double for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, with the Italian team taking the lead of the provisional ranking clearly leading both races and appearing just a click faster than the British team.

    Still a long way to go to the end being a 13-races series, with the Italians in need of five more wins to go through ...
    Published on 02-11-2021 11:09 AM
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    For almost two weeks there has been one question that has been doing the rounds more than any other down here in Auckland.
    ‘Who do you think will win the PRADA Cup?’

    With two challengers battling it out in the first to seven win Final to gain the right to take on the Defenders Emirates Team New Zealand, it’s an obvious and simple question. But it’s also one that triggers some of the longest replies as people work through the rationale of their decision in separating two teams that look equally strong.
    Published on 02-01-2021 09:55 AM
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    Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli defeats New York Yacht Club American Magic 4-0 to earn a spot in the Prada Cup finals against INEOS Team UK.
    Auckland, New Zealand - New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the America's Cup, was eliminated from the Prada Cup Semifinal following a loss in the fourth race of the series against the Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli of Italy.

    American Magic's participation ...
    Published on 01-29-2021 10:02 AM
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    Auckland, New Zealand - New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the America's Cup, took two losses against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli of Italy on the first day of racing at the Prada Cup Semifinals. Eleven days after suffering significant damage and nearly sinking during a Round Robins race against the Italians, American Magic succeeded in patching the hull of its AC75 racing yacht and restoring ...
    Published on 01-27-2021 11:32 AM
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    Auckland, New Zealand - New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America's Cup, on Wednesday re-launched its racing yacht, PATRIOT, for the first time since a damaging capsize and near-sinking suffered by the team during ...
    Published on 01-26-2021 05:43 PM
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    After 9 days of round-the-clock effort, and the massive support of so many here in Auckland,
    back home and around the world, PATRIOT is back in her natural element.

    Published on 01-24-2021 01:15 PM
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    INEOS TEAM UK jump to the PRADA CUP Final

    INEOS TEAM UK stays unbeaten after what was probably the closest race seen so far on the AC75s, with 9 lead changes throughout the nail biting race against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

    With that result, Sir Ben Ainslie’s team won their the fifth race in a row in the Round Robins. Upon finishing the ‘ghost race’ start successfully it took them to 6 points, enough to qualify directly to the PRADA Cup final.

    The Italian Challenger of Record fought until the last jibe of the last leg of a race that was the perfect definition of match race which saw the top speeds exceeding the 50 knot mark for the first time in racing. ...
    Published on 01-18-2021 06:05 PM
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    Auckland, New Zealand - After a mostly sleepless night following the capsize and near-sinking of American Magic's AC75 racing yacht, PATRIOT, Skipper and Executive Director Terry Hutchinson answered questions for assembled journalists in Auckland, and additional ...
    Published on 01-17-2021 10:17 AM
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    Auckland, New Zealand - After racing into a squall, crashing, capsizing, incurring significant damage and coming close to sinking, American Magic’s AC75 racing yacht, PATRIOT, made it back to shore at 10:45 PM NZDT after a herculean effort to save the boat.

    “First and foremost, we are incredibly grateful and thankful that everybody is safe,” said Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and Executive Director of American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the America’s Cup. “The team did an incredible job getting ...
    Published on 01-16-2021 11:51 AM
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    INEOS TEAM UK win Race 1 of Round Robin 2

    Round Robin 2 - Race 1
    Start: 1655
    Port: GBR
    Stbd: USA
    Course: combination between C&D
    Axis: 211
    Length: 1.58nm
    Current: 0.4 knots @ 337

    Wind: 8-12 knots / 220
    Winner: INEOS TEAM UK 4:59

    As the sky opened up, the heating on the land showed hints of the ingredients for a sea breeze as the ...
    Published on 01-16-2021 11:50 AM
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    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
    8-14 knots / 225 degrees
    Winner: Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ...
    Published on 01-15-2021 10:43 AM
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    INEOS TEAM UK win RR1 Race 1

    RR1 - Race 1
    Start: 1515
    Port: USA
    Starboard: GBR
    Course: 6
    Axis: 205
    Length: 1.8nm
    Current: 0.9 knots @ 330
    Wind: 8-16knots / 215 degrees

    As the clock counted down for the first race of the day, the pressure was on for both INEOS TEAM UK (GBR) and American Magic (USA), but for the British there was no doubt that the stress of not having won a single race since arriving in Auckland was weighing heavily on the entire team.
    But when it came to crunch time Sir Ben Ainslie’s team appeared to have a strong game plan from the start.

    As both boats entered the starting box there appeared to ...
    Published on 01-08-2021 10:59 AM
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    When the 75ft monohulls took to the air, travelling at speeds that would get you a ticket ashore, it was inevitable that the focus would be on the foils. The ability to lift a 7tonne vessel using a platform barely any bigger than a surf board is an incredible feat in itself.

    So, it was perhaps inevitable that commentators and observers would start focusing their attention on whether a particular set of foils were fast or slow, whether they were more efficient at lifting the boat out of the water or providing low drag at high speed. Their shape and their configurations has been debated at length, as has the issue of whether a particular teams foils are flat or have anhedral, where the foils are angled down to the water. There have also been discussions as to the pros and cons of foils that are straight along their ...
    Published on 12-21-2020 10:31 AM
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    While things did not turn out as planed for the PRADA Christmas Race down in Auckland, the imagery from the 1st 3 days
    via the lens of Carlo Borlenghi was outstanding as seen below... ENJOY!

    20th December 2020


    No winner in Auckland today for the PRADA Christmas Race as the breeze dropped away after