Luna Rossa puts in spirited performance

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1412: 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


1405: Luna Rossa won Race 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinal by 1 minute, 18 seconds. Luna Rossa looked fantastic today in winning this race. The crew nailed the start and then steadily pulled away from Artemis Racing. The Swedish team sailed well, too, reducing its deficit by 1 minute from Race 2, but Luna Rossa was too good today.

1401: Luna Rossa has cleared the final turning mark and is heading towards the finish line and a 3-0 lead against Artemis Racing in the semifinal round of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

1355: Luna Rossa leads Artemis Racing by 1 minute, 12 seconds at the final windward gate. So far, Luna Rossa’s top speed is 39.71 knots and Artemis Racing’s 37.25.

1346: Today's seven-leg course measures 15.53 nautical miles. The wind has shifted left a bit to 245 degrees and is averaging 15 knots with gusts up to 18 knots.

1342: Luna Rossa went through the second leeward gate on starboard and has increased the lead on Artemis Racing to 1 minute, 9 seconds. Luna Rossa looks very good today, the best they’ve looked since the start of racing.

1335: Luna Rossa rounds the first windward gate on port tack, 52 seconds ahead of Artemis Racing, which rounds on starboard.

1330: Luna Rossa has been showing impressive speed today. The Italian team has steadily increased its lead up the first beat from about 140 meters at the bottom of the leg to more than 200 meters halfway up the leg. The wind is still blowing about 16 knots and gusting up to 18-19 knots.

1322: Luna Rossa rounds the first leeward gate on port tack, 26 seconds ahead of Artemis Racing, which follows on port tack.

1317: Luna Rossa leads by 11 seconds at the first reach mark. It’s the first lead for Luna Rossa at Mark 1 in this series.

1315: Luna Rossa, on starboard, goes after Artemis Racing. Luna Rossa gets a leeward hook and luffs them up and forces Artemis Racing to tack away. Luna Rossa wins the start outright.

1313: The crews have entered the pre-start.

1250: Wind reports from the racecourse indicate the breeze is blowing from 255 degrees, west/southwest, around 16 knots and gusting to 19 knots. The race start is scheduled for 1315. Luna Rossa Challenge will enter the pre-start on port tack and Artemis Racing on starboard.

UPDATE: 1145 hours

Windy conditions are expected today and tomorrow for Races 3 and 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinal. Regatta Director Iain Murray said at his morning briefing that he expects 20-knot winds for today’s racing.

Regarding today’s conditions: “Windy days are expected today and tomorrow. Today, we have a strong flood tide, 1.5 knots, so wind the limit’s high today, 22.5 knots. We’re pretty sure we’ll get the racing in by 2:00. By 3:30 on Wednesday it was up to 27 knots, so the timing of the wind building is critical to getting racing in.”

Regarding the crew work of Luna Rossa and Artemis Racing: “I think it’s fair to say, and these are my personal observations, that Luna Rossa has stepped up quite a lot during this semifinal. Their top speeds and jibing and crew work has come along from what we saw earlier. And with Artemis Racing, it’s a case of 8 days vs. 80. Wednesday was a tough day because there wasn’t too much wind and the boats were struggling to get up on their foils. It’s probably an area of sailing where they haven’t practiced because they’re generally not sailing in those winds. Yesterday during practice in 17 knots, Artemis Racing was travelling along with speed and looked like they were doing far nicer jibes without the big S-hook and really slow speed at the bottom of the jibes. Hopefully their long day on the water yesterday is going to carry into a closer race today.”

ACEA CEO Stephen Barclay addressed ORACLE TEAM USA’s statement issued Wednesday night: “I’m pretty surprised and disappointed to hear that news. The fact that it’s with the ISAF-appointed International Jury now is a great step. I think it’s in the right hands.”

The race is scheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT. As this race is slated to air on the NBC Sports Network at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT on tape delay, it won’t be available to view live in the U.S. on the America’s Cup YouTube channel.

The broadcast will be aired live in the Bay Area on NBC affiliate KNTV (or COZI TV) and will also be available internationally, subject to territorial restrictions. The full race replay will be posted on the America’s Cup’s YouTube channel after the NBC Sports Network broadcast. You can also follow the action via the official America’s Cup app or Virtual Eye.

Artemis Racing Crew List
Skipper/tactician: Iain Percy (4), Helmsman: Nathan Outteridge (21), Wing trim: Iain Jensen (22), Wing assist: Rodney Ardern (5), Jib trim: Thierry Fouchier (6), Pit: Stu Bettany (3), Andy Fethers (18), Grinders: Chris Brittle (14), Julien Cressant (8), Craig Monk (15), Sean Clarkson (9)

Luna Rossa Crew List
Skipper/pit: Max Sirena (4), Helmsman: Chris Draper (11), Tactician: Francesco Bruni (9), Wing trim: Xabi Fernandez (14), Wing grind: Lele Marino (13), Trim: Pierluigi de Felice (10), Strategist/grinder: Giles Scott (41), Bow: Nick Hutton (2), Pit/grinder: Freddie Carr (23), Primary grinder: Wade Morgan (88), Freestyle: Marco Montis (51)

ORIGINAL POST: 0800 hours

Following yesterday’s off day, Luna Rossa Challenge and Artemis Racing return to the racecourse today for Race 3 of the semifinal round of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series.

Luna Rossa captured the first two races – by 2 minutes and 2 minutes, 6 seconds – but the lessons learned were far more interesting.

We learned that Artemis Racing’s helmsman Nathan Outteridge is indeed as “spry” and “punchy” as Chris Draper, his Luna Rossa counterpart, described him. That aggression has given Artemis Racing an advantage in the pre-start, which it has clearly won both times.

We learned that Artemis Racing is fast on the reaches and can hold its own upwind, but has troubles getting on the hydrofoils off the wind in marginal conditions. Could that be due to the extra weight in the form of materials added to strengthen the platform?

“Everyone knows we’re slightly overweight. That makes it harder to foil in lighter air, and the boat felt a bit sticky,” Outteridge said Wednesday afternoon. “Foiling for us is 14 knots of wind. A lot of today was marginal foiling for us.”

We’ve also seen Luna Rossa continue having problems approaching the leeward gate. After Race 2 tactician Francesco Bruni spoke of the difficulty of judging the laylines in the light and shifty winds. But the Italian team also had misjudged the approach at times during July’s racing and that won’t fly if it advances into the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, where Emirates Team New Zealand lies in wait.

Luna Rossa might take solace in the fact that it has posted the fastest elapsed time around the racecourse. The Italians finished Tuesday’s Race 1 in 43 minutes, 20 seconds. The fastest time Emirates Team New Zealand posted in the round robin was 43:52. In both occurrences the racecourse was the seven-leg format, and the course lengths were less than a half mile different: 15.83 nautical miles for Luna Rossa’s time compared to 15.47 for Emirates Team New Zealand’s. Also, the wind was very similar, averaging 16 knots with peaks into the low 20s.

“It’s very important for us to be up 2-0,” said Bruni after Wednesday’s race. “The team was coming from a tough period in the round robins. We knew we could have an edge on Artemis Racing, but until you’re on the water you never believe statistics. We’re sailing well, not perfect, but I’m really happy with all of the guys on board.”

While Luna Rossa spent yesterday performing maintenance on its AC72, Artemis Racing was on the water practicing against Emirates Team New Zealand. One unconfirmed report said that Artemis Racing was pulling off foil-to-foil jibes. There’s scant little time remaining for Artemis Racing, it needs a victory in Race 3 to begin a comeback. A victory for Luna Rossa would all but stamp its ticket to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final.

Tomorrow’s race is scheduled to start at 1:15 pm PT. As this race is slated to air on the NBC Sports Network on tape delay later in the evening, it won’t be available to view live in the U.S. on the America’s Cup YouTube channel. The full race replay will be posted after the NBC Sports Network broadcast. You can also follow the action via the official America’s Cup app or Virtual Eye.

The America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, and America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, are both open today with free access to the public.

America’s Cup Park
10:00 am – America’s Cup Park Open, Sports Bar and PUMA YARD open late
11:00 am-3:00 pm – Box Office Open at Marina Green and Pier 29
11:00 am – AC72s arrive on moorings
11:45 am – Dock-Out Show, Presentation Stage
12:45 am – Pre-Race Show with Andy Green & Tucker Thompson
1:00 pm – “America’s Cup Race Show” includes live race commentary
1:15 pm – Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinal 3: Artemis Racing vs Luna Rossa Challenge
2:00-6:00 pm – Dub Missions DJs featuring Sept & J-Boogie, PUMA YARD
2:30 pm – Post-Race Show with Andy Green & Tucker Thompson
2:30 pm – Kids’ World tour starts. Meet at the Kids’ World Tour Meeting Point by Flying on Water
3:15 pm – Poster Signing with Team representatives
3:30-5:30 pm – Live Music: The Trims. Sounds of San Francisco presented by Dockers®, America’s Cup Pavilion
3:45 pm – America’s Cup Sweepstake, Plaza
4:00 pm – Race Replay, Plaza and North Point

7:00 pm – America’s Cup Park closes; Sports Bar and PUMA YARD open late

America’s Cup Village
11:00 am-5:00pm – America’s Cup Village Open
11:00 am-3:00pm – Box Office Open at Marina Green and Pier 29
11:00 am-12:00pm – AC OPEN: SUP Yoga on the Water. Hosted by Leigh Craxton
11:00 am-12:35pm – AC OPEN: Live Racing - 420s. Live Commentary by Bob Billingham & Annie Gardner
11:00 am – 420s Launch
11:30 am – 420s Race 1
11:55 am – 420s Race 2
12:10 pm – 420s Race 3
11:45 am – Dock Out Show: live on the big screen from AC Park
12:30 pm – AC72 Flyby: Artemis Racing & Luna Rossa Challenge
1:00 pm – Pre-Race Live Commentary with Bob Billingham and Annie Gardner
1:15 pm – Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinal 3: Artemis Racing vs. Luna Rossa Challenge
2:00 pm – AC OPEN Prizegiving: 420s Sailors on the Main Stage with Bob Billingham & Annie Gardner
2:15 pm – Q&A Sessions & Giveaways, Main Stage with Bob Billingham & Annie Gardner
4:00 pm – Race Replay, Main Stage