Friday, August 9, 2013

Luna Rossa Take No Prisoners - Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals - Luna Rossa 3, Artemis 0

Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Draper absolutely nailed the start in the third semi final race of the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco today and effectively shut down any hopes Artemis had of putting their first score on the board. Luna Rossa lead by 11 seconds at the first reach mark and dominated the race from then onwards.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
While the Swedish team showed plenty of fighting spirit and smoother foiling gybes in the breezier 16-19 knot sou 'westerly conditions they just were't able to catch the chrome plated Italian boat that seemed to speed effortlessly around the race course. The Luna Rossa crew clearly had recovered their mojo after their lacklustre performance in Race 2 and crossed the finish line one minute and 18 seconds ahead of Artemis.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
Artemis stayed close but as each leg progressed their chances of overtaking their competitors slipped further and further away. Once the Italians had increased their lead to 52 seconds at the first windward gate it was not looking good for Artemis. Their frustration can't be easy for a team stacked with so many Olympian champions and talented sailors who do not accept defeat easily. While yesterday's training had paid off for Iain Percy and his crew, their limited time on the boat is starting to cost them dearly.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Today's result was the Italian's most polished performance since they were crushed by the Kiwis in the the Louis Vuitton Round Robin series last month. At the final windward gate Luna Rossa lead Artemis Racing by one minute and 12 seconds with Luna Rossa’s top speed at 39.71 knots and Artemis Racing’s at 37.25 knots.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
In this best of seven race series Luna Rossa are just one win away from booking their place in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final against Emirates Team New Zealand.

The mountain the Artemis camp have climbed to get to this point after the tragic loss of crew member Andrew 'Bart' Simpson is a massive and heartbreaking one. While there is no second prize in the America's Cup, in many people's eyes and hearts Artemis Racing have already won.

Race performance data
  • Course: Seven legs
  • Course length: 15.53 nautical miles
  • Elapsed time: LR – 47:36; ART – 48:54
  • Delta: Luna Rossa +1:18
  • Total distance sailed: LR – 19.6 NM; ART – 19.5 NM
  • Average speed: LR – 24.7 knots (28 mph); ART – 24.0 knots (27 mph)
  • Top speed: LR – 39.71 knots (46 mph); ART – 37.25 knots (43 mph)
  • Wind speed: average 15.2 knots; peak gust 17.6 knots
Race four will get underway on Saturday August 10 at 1315PT

Lulu Roseman

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