Monday, July 29, 2013

Luna Rossa Race Report - Louis Vuitton Cup RR5, Race 1

Sunday July 28th, San Francisco

Cloudy skies, 15-16 knots of wind from the South West with gusts up to 20 knots, flat sea, flood tide 1.6 knots. Race starts at 12.15 local time.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
It was a promising day for Luna Rossa, who sailed for the last time in the Round Robin Series of the Louis Vuitton Cup against Emirates Team New Zealand.Luna Rossa entered in the pre-start zone from starboard and then got the pin end. The Kiwis however, already a half length ahead, sailed faster and rounded the reaching mark eight seconds ahead of Luna Rossa.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Both boats started the downwind leg gybing almost immediately, with Luna Rossa sailing at the same angle and speed as her opponent. After the second gybe the Kiwis started to gain more consistently on the Italian team and rounded the downwind gate 27 seconds ahead.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
On the first windward leg Emirates Team New Zealand extended their lead up to 500 metres, sailing faster and with a better angle and rounded the gate one minute and 35 seconds ahead. The gap progressively increased during the remaining legs, but was more limited compared to the previous races and Luna Rossa crossed the finish line three minutes and 20 seconds behind the Kiwis.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
There was an accident onboard when during a jibe Dave “Freddie” Carr had a bad fall on one of the cables that supports the trampoline and twisted his ankle.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
“This was a positive day for us. We raced better and a few technical changes gave us encouraging results. We are obviously aware that these improvements are not enough. We need to stay focused to increase both the boat's performance and the boat handling. We look forward to sailing with the new technical developments and be competitive in the next races,” Skipper Max Sirena said.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa completed the 15.27-nautical-mile course in 48 minutes, 26 seconds, maintaining an average speed of 24.5 knots and reaching a maximum speed of 39.55 knots. Emirates Team New Zealand had an average speed of 24.5 knots and reached a maximum speed of 42.7 knots.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa will race again on Thursday August 1st against Artemis Racing for the last Round Robin match. The Italian team will then access the semi-final round of the Louis Vuitton Cup scheduled to take place from August 6 to 15.

Today’s crew was: Max Sirena (Skipper and Pitman), Francesco Bruni (Tactician), David Carr (Pitman/Grinder), Pierluigi de Felice (Trimmer), Simone de Mari (Primary Grinder), Chris Draper (Helmsman), Xabi Fernandez (Wing Trimmer), Nick Hutton (Bowman), Lele Marino (Wing Grinder), Marco Montis (Freestyler) and Wade Morgan (Hydraulic Grinder).

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