Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Luna Rossa Challenge Race Report - Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals - Luna Rossa 1, Artemis 0

Tuesday August 6, San Francisco, California

Sunny skies, 15-17 knots wind from the south west, flat sea, flood tide of one knot. Race start at 13.15 local time.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Today Luna Rossa Challenge faced the Swedish team Artemis Racing in the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
The Italian team entered the pre-start zone on port tack with a slight delay due to damage incurred on the wing (detachment of the clysar) that had to be repaired just moments prior to the entry into the pre-start area. Luna Rossa at that point chose a conservative position and crossed the starting line with a slight delay on Artemis Racing who rounded the reaching mark in the lead.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
But right at the beginning of the downwind leg Luna Rossa overtook Artemis, showing better speed and boat handling, and rounded the downwind gate 30 seconds in front.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
On the first windward leg the Italian team chose to tack offshore, and came back shortly after to the middle of the race course. Halfway through the windward leg a favourable wind shift helped Artemis Racing to shorten the gap on Luna Rossa to 150 meters as they rounded the windward gate 21 seconds behind.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
On the second downwind leg, however, Luna Rossa once again increased her lead on the Swedish team and rounded the gate 1 minute and 6 seconds ahead.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Both teams chose to round the right mark and started the windward leg heading inshore; Luna Rossa gained additional distance on her opponent by catching two favourable wind shifts and rounded the second windward gate one minute and 33 seconds ahead of Artemis Racing.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
During the last run Luna Rossa flew toward the finish line, showing better performance and efficiency in boat handling, and closed the race  two minutes ahead of Artemis Racing.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
“Finally a good race, even though we did have our share of cold shivers in the pre-start. The damage to the wing clysar just a few minutes before the start of the race definitely did not help us. What is satisfying is to see that the technical effort and the crew work has improved considerably. But we have not achieved our goal yet. Our aim is to keep working on our development in order to be increasingly competitive,” said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa completed the 15.83 nautical mile course in 43 minutes and 17 seconds by maintaining an average speed of 26.04 knots and reaching a maximum speed of 39.19 knots. Artemis Racing held an average speed of 24.75 knots and reached a maximum speed of 40.56 knots.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
The 'Hero of the Day' was Nick Hutton who repaired the damaged wing sail by dangling 15 metres above the water  in time for the boat to start and complete the race.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa Challenge will compete against Artemis Racing tomorrow, Wednesday August 7th, in the second match of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Today’s crew was: Max Sirena (skipper and pitman), Francesco Bruni (tactician), David Carr (pitman/grinder), Pierluigi de Felice (trimmer), Giles Scott (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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