Sun and partially cloudy skies, stronger wind, 12-14 knots from 210° with 1 meter waves
Match Race 1
The day started with the “in-house” semi -final between the two Luna Rossa. Luna Rossa Swordfishes’ damages incurred in yesterday’s collision were repaired throughout the night.
At the start both boats are penalized for OCS (early over the line), with Luna Rossa Swordfish on leeward. When accelerating again Luna Rossa Swordfish is in the better position, inside the mark and rounding both the reach and the leeward gate in front. On the windward leg, at the first cross, Draper closes the distance on Bruni but, being on port, is forced to give way. Bruni then chooses to sail on the left of the course where he finds more pressure, thus increasing his lead on Piranha. Swordfish will maintain his position up to the finish and qualifies for tomorrow’s match race finals.
Fleet Race 1
Luna Rossa Piranha starts free in the middle of the line but is penalized for OCS (early over the line), whereas Swordfish on pin end is rolled and at the reaching mark lies 4th right behind Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle and Artemis. On the first windward leg Piranha chooses the right of the course and closes the gap with the leaders who went for the offshore option.
Half way on windward leg Luna Rossa Piranha also tacks offshore and finds stronger pressure. At the windward mark Luna Rossa Piranha rounds in 3rd place whereas Luna Rossa Swordfish loses contact with the leaders. At the leeward mark the positions are mostly unchanged. During the second windward leg Luna Rossa Swordfish, with careful tactics, gains positions and rounds the mark in 5th place, overtaking Artemis. On the final downwind the ranking is unchanged and Luna Rossa Piranha finishes 3rd, Luna Rossa Swordfish 5th.
Fleet Race 2
Luna Rossa Swordfish starts well on the Committee boat whereas Luna Rossa Piranha, mid line, despite a good timing, is rolled. Luna Rossa Swordfish is first to round the reaching mark and at the leeward gate chooses the right side of the course, followed by Emirates Team New Zealand and Ben Ainslie Racing. At the first windward mark these positions are unchanged, with Artemis 4th but penalized for not giving way to Luna Rossa Piranha who then takes his position. On the downwind, sailing on the right of the course, Emirates Team New Zealand gains on Luna Rossa Swordfish and rounds the mark in front, followed by Ben Ainslie Racing and Luna Rossa Piranha. On the second windward and the following leeward leg the positions will not change, with Luna Rossa Swordfish finishing 2nd and Luna Rossa Piranha 4th.
Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena said: “Our first victory of the day was our shore team’s result; they worked all night and were able not only to repair the damages but to make Swordfish fit to win. Tomorrow we will sail the match race finals; today’s results also keep us in business for the final fleet podium.”
|1.||Emirates Team New Zealand||60|
|2.||Oracle Team Usa Slingsby||55|
|3.||J.P. Morgan BAR||52|
|4.||Luna Rossa Piranha||50|
|6.||Luna Rossa Swordfish||40|
|7.||Artemis Racing White||31|