Luna Rossa scores 2nd point

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UPDATE: 1330 hours

Sailing in the lightest winds yet of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge today scored its second point of the series.

The southwesterly wind peaked at only 13 knots, but Luna Rossa’s AC72 showed its performance potential by recording a top speed of 26.37 knots. Skipper Max Sirena’s crew sailed 12 nautical miles in 43 minutes, 6 seconds.

UPDATE: 1030 hours

Luna Rossa will sail the five-leg America’s Cup course today, meaning a race of approximately 25 minutes. The forecast is similar to the weekend, with the wind blowing from 230 degrees (SW) albeit lighter at 14 to 17 knots.

“The fog is deep into the valleys this morning. As a result of that the burn off is slow and generally when that happens the build is less, so we’re expecting one of the lighter days today,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “Also, for the first time, we’ll see and ebb tide so the wind limit is reduced by .3 knots to 19.7 knots. That’s new ground for us so luckily we have a lighter wind day to go with it.”

Murray also said that Luna Rossa’s AC72 has a few upgrades today that the crew didn’t have over the past weekend’s racing.

“I think their aero package has had an upgrade. I saw the information come through yesterday and the measurement approval. So that should bring it up to a standard similar to Emirates Team New Zealand and we’ll see if it helps,” said Murray.

The America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, and the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, are both open today. At the America’s Cup Park, Andy Green and Tucker Thompson will provide live commentary on Luna Rossa’s maneuvers around the course. Over at the America’s Cup Village, Bob Billingham will offer pre- and post-race commentary. To see the schedules for both venues, click on the tabs to the right of this page.

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Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge takes to San Francisco Bay today looking to improve its crew work in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series.

Luna Rossa lost its race on Saturday versus Emirates Team New Zealand by nearly five and a half minutes. After the race, skipper Max Sirena said that crew work was partly to blame.

“I am obviously not happy with this result, but the positive aspect is that a significant part of our gap can be attributed to factors that we can easily improve such as maneuvers and boat handling,” Sirena said on Saturday.

“We certainly have to also improve the performance of the boat, especially upwind, but also for this we have a series of new technical developments that will soon be ready. We have always said that the Round Robins are a necessary phase in our learning and technical development process, all of which are necessary to be competitive in the semifinals,” Sirena said.

The Italian crew will have plenty of opportunity to focus on crew work as it takes the course unopposed. The race is scheduled to start at 12:15 pm PT. It won’t be broadcast on YouTube, but you can follow Luna Rossa’s progression on the official America’s Cup app and Virtual Eye.