UPDATE: 1255 hours
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 took to the America’s Cup racecourse today for its first action of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series.
With the wind blowing between 13 and 15 knots, helmsman Chris Draper guided the silver AC72 around the 12.07-nautical-mile course in 28 minutes, 58 seconds. The Italian team chose to sail the five-leg course, shorter than the 16-mile courses that Emirates Team New Zealand sailed in its first two races on Sunday and Tuesday.
UPDATE: 1115 hours
The International Jury has issued its decision in applications brought by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge regarding Safety Rules implemented by the Regatta Director. The full decision can be found here.
UPDATE: 1025 hours
Regatta Director Iain Murray said in his morning briefing that Luna Rossa Challenge has requested to sail the five-leg America’s Cup course, the configuration intended for the Louis Vuitton Cup Final and the America’s Cup Final. The target elapsed time is 25 minutes, or around 10 nautical miles.
During today’s racing period the tide will be at maximum flood, meaning a correction factor of +2.1 knots to the 20-knot wind limit.
“We’re expecting to see 16-18 knots of wind, with a peak flood tide today,” said Murray. “There’s a correction of 2.1 knots for flood tide. That means a wind limit today of 22 knots, but we don’t We don’t see the wind limit coming into play. We don’t expect it to get over 20 knots.”
Since Luna Rossa is sailing the short course the race will be over quickly, in less than 30 minutes. The action will be broadcast on the America’s Cup YouTube channel.
ORIGINAL POST: 0940 hours
Luna Rossa Challenge has announced that it will take to the water in today’s scheduled race of the Louis Vuitton Cup against Artemis Racing. Artemis, however, is still carrying out stress tests on its AC72 and won’t be on the racecourse, but the participation of Luna Rossa is welcome by many.
The race is scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm PT, with a warning signal set for five minutes earlier. The action can be followed on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, with the broadcast scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm.
Luna Rossa crew list: Skipper/pit: Max Sirena, Helmsman: Chris Draper, Tactician: Francesco Bruni, Wing Trimmer: Xabi Fernandez, Trimmer: Pierluigi de Felice, Bowman: Nick Hutton, Freestyle: Marco Montis, Grinders: Lele Marino, Giles Scott, Simone de Mari and David Carr.
The International Jury is also expected to release its decision in the protest brought by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge against the regatta director. The jury has been deliberating since Monday’s hearing. The decision could be released around 11:00 am PT and will be posted in the jury’s page of the America’s Cup noticeboard.
The America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, and the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, are both open today.
America’s Cup Park
10:00 am – America’s Cup Park opens
10:45 am – AC72 Fly-by: Luna Rossa Challenge 2013
11:00 am – Kids World Park Tour, Meet at the “A” by the Main Entrance
12:00-1:00 pm – America’s Cup Magazine Show with Andy Green & Tucker Thompson at the America’s Cup Pavilion
12:15 pm – Race scheduled to begin, Luna Rossa Challenge vs. Artemis Racing (not expected to compete)
3:00-4:00 pm – Film: America’s Cup Discovered - “Evolution of Multihulls” screened at The Plaza and North Point
7:00 pm – America’s Cup Park closes
‘Til Late – PUMA YARD, America’s Cup Sports Bar & merchandise stores open late
America’s Cup Village
10:00 am – America’s Cup Village opens
11:00 am – AC72 Fly-by: Luna Rossa Challenge 2013
12:00-1:00 pm – America’s Cup Magazine Show with race commentary
12:15 pm – Race scheduled to begin, Luna Rossa Challenge 2013
5:00 pm – America's Cup Village closes