Thursday, August 8, 2013

Luna Rossa Smoke Artemis - Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals, Race 2

Luna Rossa are halfway towards advancing to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final against Emirates Team New Zealand after posting a 2:06 victory in today’s second race of the Semi Final series against Artemis Racing.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
While Artemis got the better start, Luna Rossa soon popped up on her foils at the first reaching mark and managed to sail straight over the top of Artemis Racing and into the lead.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
Luna Rossa Challenge easily stretched their lead as the Swedish boat struggled get onto her hydrofoils in the lighter 11-15 knot west sou 'westerly winds. Artemis made up nice distance on the second upwind leg by picking up a 20-degree windshift, but by then Luna Rossa was too far ahead and  the Italians clocked up their second win of the series.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Race Performance Data
  • Course: Seven legs
  • Course length: 15.41 nautical miles
  • Elapsed time: LR – 54:26; ART – 56:32
  • Total distance sailed: LR – 19.87 NM; ART – 19.82 NM
  • Average speed: LR – 21.96 knots (25 mph); ART – 21.09 knots (24 mph)
  • Top speed: LR – 37.12 knots (42 mph); ART – 34.49 knots (39 mph)
  • Wind speed: average 11.5 knots; peak gust 14.7 knots
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