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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Luna Rossa Says Ciao to Artemis

Artemis Racing got the early jump in Race 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals after dominating Luna Rossa in the pre-start. Australian helmsman Nathan Outteridge controlled the game after getting a leeward hook and steered Artemis to a seven second advantage at the first reach mark.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Artemis Racing copped a penalty after rounding the reach mark for a port-starboard incident in the pre-start that saw Luna Rossa take the lead. Luna Rossa had a 20 second advantage at the first leeward gate as both boats went through the gate on port tack. Shortly after rounding Artemis Racing crossed outside the course boundary and were handed their second penalty in the first 10 minutes of the race.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
From there it all just went pear shaped for the Swedish boat. Luna Rossa got better height on the upwind leg and extended her lead at the first windward gate on by one minute, 11 seconds ahead of Artemis. By then the wind has shifted left to 240 degrees and was blowing between 14 and 16 knots.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Luna Rossa rounded the leeward gate for the second time on starboard with Artemis Racing rounding the leeward gate on starboard one minute, 30 seconds behind Luna Rossa. After Luna Rossa cleared the windward gate for the second time she charged down the run towards the final turning mark.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Artemis Racing rounded the windward gate 1:30 behind Luna Rossa  and earned their third penalty of the race when they crossed outside the course boundary. Luna Rossa crossed the finish line two minutes and 11 seconds ahead of their Swedish rivals for a 4-0 clean sweep of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals Series and advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand. The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup earns the right to challenge the defender Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup

Race Performance Data
  • Course: Seven legs
  • Course length: 15.49 nautical miles
  • Elapsed time: LR – 47:11; ART – 49:23
  • Delta: Luna Rossa +2:11
  • Total distance sailed: LR – 18.8 NM; ART – 19.6 NM
  • Average speed: LR – 24.17 knots (28 mph); ART – 23.99 knots (28 mph)
  • Top speed: LR – 40.82 knots (47 mph); ART – 42.05 knots (48 mph)
  • Wind speed: average 15.6 knots; peak gust 19.3 knots
Lulu Roseman

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