scoop.co.nz 14 Mar, 2021 03:30 am

Light, Tight And Intense

Light, Tight And Intense
Auckland, New Zealand - 13th March 2021 With the America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand and Challenger Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli tied on two wins apiece going into today’s racing, the intensity - already brutally high, ratchets up another ...

Auckland, New Zealand - 13th March 2021 With the America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand and Challenger Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli tied on two wins apiece going into today’s racing, the intensity - already brutally high, ratchets up another notch.With Emirates Team New Zealand entering the start box on port, they controlled their turn time back to the line.Emirates Team New Zealand had struggled to stay foiling, dropping down, slowing the boat and were late to the line.Unfortunately, with the spectator fleet on the right-hand side affecting the light sea breeze, the left-hand side going upwind was the favoured side of the course with an extra knot of clear breeze, and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli owned it, playing the cards they had, coming back in and tacking on Emirates Team New Zealand right on the centre of the course, forcing them back to the less favoured right-hand side.

Emirates Team New Zealand pushed boundary to boundary, hoping for leverage and acceleration, reducing the deficit at the finish line to 18 seconds, but it wasn’t enough against a polished opposition.” And for Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling, his comments between the races, revealed a painful start to race 5.

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