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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Luna Rossa Race Alone in Light Air at Louis Vuitton Cup - RR2 - Race 3

Sailing in the lightest winds yet of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge scored their second point of the series today. Their opponent Artemis Racing did not compete.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
The southwesterly wind peaked at only 13 knots, and skipper Max Sirena’s crew completed the shortened five-leg, 9.21-nautical-mile course in 43 minutes and six seconds at an average boat speed of 17.66 knots. Their top speed of 26.37 knots came on the first downwind leg, with the wind blowing between 8-10 knots.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
“Today was one of the few days with really light conditions and unexpected here in San Francisco. We have to get used to it because we could race in these condition in the future, but we want to maximise our time on the water,” Sirena said.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
“Racing in four or five knots of windspeed isn’t exciting, but at least with the AC72 you move. With the old boats today we might’ve been swept out under the Golden Gate Bridge in the ebb tide. There were some points where we performed very well.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
 On Sunday Luna Rossa Challenge will again race again Emirates Team New Zealand.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
“We will try to sail as much as possible, hopefully tomorrow is a windy day. We want to be in better conditions for the race Sunday against the Kiwis,” Sirena added.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
Information about today’s race:

Luna Rossa Challenge sailed the five-leg America’s Cup course
Course length: 9.21 nautical miles
Elapsed time: 43 minutes, 6 seconds
Total distance sailed: 12.61 nautical miles
Average speed: 17.66 knots (20 mph)
Top speed: 26.37 knots (30 mph) on the second leg, downwind
Wind speed: average 9.37 knots; peak gust 13.1 knots

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