March 1, 2021

Americas Cup Classic

The 36th Americas Cup is in full swing, with the Prada Cup ending on Sunday 21st February and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team winning over Ineos Team UK, with a convincing 7 - 1.  This is the third time an Italian team and boat will be in the final of the Americas Cup, following the first of Il Moro di Venezia in 1992 in San Diego, and Prada Luna Rossa in 2000 in New Zealand.  The Italian Luna Rossa has been very consistent and has since 1997 never stopped competing in the Americas Cup, making it also in the Challengers final in 2007. 

As is with everything in current times even the Americas Cup had Covid-19 as it's protagonist, with the postponing of day three, which was supposed to happen on 17th February creating quite an issue due to a Tier Three lock down being enforced in New Zealand.  Interestingly the defender Emirates Team New Zealand also sided with Ineos Team UK, who wanted race to be postponed till the situation gets back to normal, going against written protocols to race with closed doors.  Ultimately Luna Rossa gave an ultimatum and racing reassumed on Saturday 20th.  

Now the Americas Cup challenge between Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team and Emirates Team New Zealand is scheduled for the 6th March, with two rounds of racing expected on the opening and another two the following day.  Luna Rossa has shown good speed in the challenger series.  Can she keep up with the defender? For that answer we will have to wait six days.

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