Luna Rossa beats Emirates Team New Zealand

Luna Rossa vs Emirates Team New Zealand, Day 11, Louis Vuitton Cup
Luna Rossa Challenge /Bruno Cocozza ©

The eighth and ninth flight of the eliminatory Louis Vuitton Round Robin 1 took place today in Valencia.

On the Romeo course (north) winds were from the east at 7-9 knots, skies overcast and calm seas. In the second series of races (ITA 94 was bye in the first) Luna Rossa faced off against Emirates Team New Zealand.

At the pre-start Spithill enters from starboard and capitalizes on a late entry on Barker’s part hounding the kiwi boat which responds late and then incurs in a penalty. The two boats cut the line on the end on starboard tack with NZL 92 to leeward of ITA 94.

Luna Rossa approaches the first cross on starboard, but Emirates Team New Zealand passes in front of her bow b 30 meters and sails towards the right hand side of the course. The afterguard on ITA 94 decides to bet on the left side of the course and the two boats separate. When Luna Rossa tacks the choice proves to have been right and ITA 94 is in the lead.

Close to the starboard layline Luna Rossa sails to windward of her opponent and James Spithill pushes Dean Barker over the layline, forcing him beyond the mark. ITA 94 has a lead of 10 seconds. At the beginning of the first run NZL 92 gibes toward the right. When the two boats meet up again at the center of the course the margin has decreased but at the end Luna Rossa stretches out and prepares to round the leeward gate with a 70 meter advantage.

Luna Rossa crosses ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand on Day 11, Louis Vuitton Cup
Luna Rossa Challenge /Bruno Cocozza ©
De Angelis and his afterguard choose the starboard mark while Emirates Team New Zealand rounds the left one 26 seconds later. Up the second beat a tacking duel takes place, but Luna Rossa continues to remain in control and is first at the weather mark with a 13 second delta. The Race Committee decides to change the course due to a rotation of the wind which is also decreasing in strength. The two boats begin their final run.

Thanks to Luna Rossa’s afterguard’s good interpretation of the race course ITA 94 continues to lead for two thirds of the leg when a wind hole slows her down and allows NZL 92 to pull ahead. The Kiwis can’t stretch out enough to offload their penalty and decide to wait for ITA 94 to try to corner her. Luna Rossa passes the lurking Kiwis and cuts the finishing line with a 48 second final delta.

Luna Rossa’s navigator Michele Ivaldi shared his thoughts about the race: 'At the start James was able to capitalize on a moment of indecision on the Kiwis part and then close in on them gaining the upper hand. At the first windward mark we were in a strength position that allowed us to push them out and round the buoy first.

When they passed us on the run we were even more relaxed. The only important thing was not accumulating more than a 30 second delta. At the end they prepared the same trap we would have had the tables been turned. But we ready for that move and were able to cross their bow at full speed.'

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Crew

1. Runner/Trimmer - Francesco de Angelis
2. Helmsman - James Spithill
3. Tactician - Torben Grael
4. Navigator - Michele Ivaldi
5. Afterguard - Ben Durham
6. Traveller - Andrew Horton
7. Runner - Magnus Augustson
8. Main Trimmer - Jonathan McKee
9. Main Grinder - Gilberto Nobili
10. Trimmer - Joe Newton
11. Trimmer - Christian Kamp
12. Grinder - Andrew Taylor
13. Grinder - Emanuele Marino
14. Pitman - Simone de Mari
15. Mast - Shannon Falcone
16. Mid-bow - Massimiliano Sirena
17. Bow - Alan Smith

Other results

'Louis Vuitton Cup' - Round Robin 1 - Flight 8

Desafío Espanol 2007 (ESP 97) wins against United Internet Team Germany (GER 89)
Victory Challenge (SWE 96) wins against AREVA Challenge (FRA 93)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) wins against China Team (CHN 95)
Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team (ITA 99) wins against Team Shosholoza (RSA 83)
BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98) wins against +39 Challenge (ITA 85)

'Louis Vuitton Cup' - Round Robin 1 - Flight 9
Desafío Espanol 2007 (ESP 97) wins against Victory Challenge (SWE 96)
AREVA Challenge (FRA 93) wins against China Team (CHN 95)
Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) wins against +39 Challenge (ITA 85)
BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98) wins against Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team (ITA 99)
Bye United Internet Team Germany (GER 89)

Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 1 - provisional scoreboard (source: www.americascup.com)
Pos. - Team - Races won - Race srun - RR1 points - Bonus points - Total LVC points
1 - BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98) - 8/8 - 16 - 3 - 19
2 - Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) - 6/8 - 12 - 4 - 16
3 - Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) - 6/8 - 12 - 3 - 15
3 - Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97) - 6/8 - 12 - 3 - 15
5 - Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team (ITA 99) - 6/8 - 12 - 2 - 14
6 - Victory Challenge (SWE 96) - 5/8 - 10 - 2 - 12
7 - Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) - 4/9 - 8 - 2 - 10
8 - AREVA Challenge (FRA 93) - 3/8 - 6 - 1 - 7
9 - United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) - 1/8 - 2 - 1 - 3
10 - +39 Challenge (ITA 85) - 0/8 - 0 - 2* - 2
11 - China Team (CHN 95) - 0/9 - 0 - 1 - 1
* awarded redress

Tomorrow’s program - Friday, April 27th

'Louis Vuitton Cup' - Round Robin 1 - Flight 10

Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) - Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team (ITA 99)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) - Victory Challenge (SWE 93)
BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98) - Desafío Espanol 2007 (ESP 97)
+39 Challenge (ITA 85) - China Team (CHN 95)
AREVA Challenge (FRA 93) - United Internet Team Germany (GER 89)
Bye Team Shosholoza (RSA 83)

'Louis Vuitton Cup' - Round Robin 1 - Flight 11
+39 Challenge (ITA 85) - United Internet Team Germany (GER 89)
Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) - AREVA Challenge (FRA 93)
Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team (ITA 99) - Victory Challenge (SWE 93)
Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) - Desafío Espanol 2007 (ESP 97)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) - BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98)
Bye China Team (CHN 95)

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