Luna Rossa advances to Louis Vuitton Cup Final

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1412: Race Performance Data

  • Course: Seven legs

  • Course length: 15.49 nautical miles

  • Elapsed time: LR – 47:11; ART – 49:23

  • Delta: Luna Rossa +2:11

  • Total distance sailed: LR – 18.8 NM; ART – 19.6 NM

  • Average speed: LR – 24.17 knots (28 mph); ART – 23.99 knots (28 mph)

  • Top speed: LR – 40.82 knots (47 mph); ART – 42.05 knots (48 mph)

  • Wind speed: average 15.6 knots; peak gust 19.3 knots


1405: Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge completed a 4-0 sweep of Artemis Racing and advances to the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series. Luna Rossa won today’s fourth race by 2 minutes, 11 seconds to finish off the hard-luck Swedish team.

Artemis Racing took the action to Luna Rossa in the pre-start and left Luna Rossa for dust. But after leading around the first reach mark the umpires penalized Artemis Racing for a port-starboard incident in the pre-start in which it appeared that the Artemis Racing helmsman had the helm all the way over to port. But Artemis Racing’s starboard bow touched Luna Rossa’s port hull and earned the penalty.

Artemis Racing earned a second penalty on the first upwind leg when it crossed outside the course boundary. A third penalty on the final run gave Luna Rossa clear sailing to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, where it’ll meet Emirates Team New Zealand beginning next Saturday, Aug. 17.

1358: Artemis Racing rounded the windward gate 1:30 behind Artemis Racing and then earned its third penalty of the race when it crossed outside the course boundary.

1354: Luna Rossa has cleared the windward gate for the second time and is heading down the run towards the final turning mark.

1343: Artemis Racing rounds the leeward gate on starboard 1 minute, 30 seconds behind Luna Rossa.

1340: Luna Rossa has rounded the leeward gate for the second time on starboard.

1335: Luna Rossa had better height on the upwind leg and extended its lead on Artemis Racing. The Italian team went through the first windward gate on starboard tack, 1 minutes, 11 seconds ahead of Artemis Racing, which also rounded the gate on starboard. Wind reports indicate the wind has shifted left to 240 degrees between 14 and 16 knots.

1322: Luna Rossa leads by 20 seconds at the first leeward gate. Both crews went through the gate on port tack. Shortly after rounding Artemis Racing crossed outside the course boundary, the second penalty for the team in the first 10 minutes of the race.

1320: Artemis Racing was penalized after rounding the reach mark for a port-starboard incident in the pre-start. That puts Luna Rossa into the lead.

1315: Artemis Racing gets the early jump in Race 4 after owning Luna Rossa in the pre-start. Helmsman Nathan Outteridge controlled the action after getting a leeward hook. Artemis Racing led by 7 seconds at the first reach mark.

1300: Reports from the racecourse indicate the wind is blowing from 245 degrees around 13 knots with gusts up to 16 knots.

UPDATE: 1200 hours

Another windy day is expected for Race 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinal between Luna Rossa Challenge and Artemis Racing. The question is will it be strong enough to Artemis Racing’s liking. The team’s “Big Blue” AC72 seems to perform better in windier conditions, finding it easier to get onto its hydrofoils.

The forecast calls for 18 to 20 knots from the west/southwest, similar to the past few days. The wind limit is up to 22.8 knots, taking into account a current correction factor of 1.8 knots.

“It’s San Francisco, it seems the same every day,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We have a lot of tide today, 1.8 knots, that gives us the opportunity for plenty of wind.”

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 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: Simone de Mare (8), Freestyle: Manuel Modena (27)

Shoreside there’s no shortage of entertainment. Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will be on the Umpire’s “Guest Chaser” boat.

Today is also Healthy Ocean Project Day, recognizing the America’s Cup’s commitment to a sustainable environment.

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 open late
10:30-11:30 am – BAADS AC Open - Awareness Inclusive Sailing; Live Commentary by Betsy Alison (US Paralympic Coach) with Andy Green & Tucker Thompson
10:45 am – HOP Press Event on America’s Cup Sustainability and Clean Regattas - Media Center
11:00 am-3:00 pm – Box Office Open at Marina Green and Pier 29
11:00 am – Marching Band starts
11:00 am – AC72s on moorings
11:45 am – Dock-Out Show at the Presentation Stage
12:15 pm – Sustainability Walking Tour
12:45 am – Pre-Race Show with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson
1:00-2:30 pm – “America’s Cup Race Show” includes live commentary from 1:15pm
1:15 pm – Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinal 4: Artemis Racing vs. Luna Rossa Challenge
2:00-3:00 pm – America’s Cup Trophy on display - Main Entrance
2:00-6:00 pm – Dub Mission DJs featuring Sep & J-Boogie - PUMA YARD
2:30 pm – Post-Race Show with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson
2:30 pm – Kids’ World Tour. Meet at the “A” Kids’ Tour Meeting Point by Flying on Water
3:00 pm – Highlights from San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, Hosted by Anthony DuComb
3:00-4:00 pm – America’s Cup Trophy on display - Flying on Water
3:00-6:00 pm – DJ SEVEN at MOA Bar
3:15 pm – Poster Signing with Team representatives
3:30 pm – BAADS Presentation - Presentation Stage
3:45 pm – America’s Cup Sweepstake – Plaza
4:00 pm – Race Replay - Plaza, North Point
7:00 pm – America’s Cup Park closes, Sports Bar and PUMA YARD open late
7:30 pm – Concert Series at the America’s Cup Pavilion: Cheech & Chong with WAR

America’s Cup Village
11:00 am-5:00 pm – America’s Cup Village Open
11:00 am-3:00 pm – Box Office Open at Marina Green and Pier 29
11:00 am-12:00 pm – SUP Yoga on the water at the AC Village hosted by Leigh Craxton
11:00 am-12:00 pm – America’s Cup Trophy on Display - The Stage
11:30-11:45 am – AC OPEN Commentary: SUP Yoga (Bob Billingham & Annie Gardner)
11:45 am – Dock Out Show - live on the big screen from AC Park
12:00-1:00 pm – HOP Program on Sustainable Seafood - HOP Lounge
12:30 pm – Flyby of the Artemis Racing & Luna Rossa Challenge AC72s
1:00 pm – Pre-Race LIVE Commentary with Bob Billingham and Annie Gardner
1:15 pm – Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinal 4: Artemis Racing vs. Luna Rossa Challenge
2:00-2:15 pm – Post-Race Rundown with Bob Billingham and Annie Gardner
2:30 pm – Post-Race Show live on the big screen from AC Park
4:00 pm – Race Replay

ORIGINAL POST: 0800 hours

Luna Rossa Challenge was a happy team yesterday. The Italian team moved to match point in its semifinal match against Artemis Racing with a 1 minute, 18-second victory, easily its most complete race of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Skipper Max Sirena noted that today’s potential series-clincher won’t come easily against Artemis Racing.

“They’re getting quicker and quicker every day. We need to keep focused and race well,” said Sirena.

For Artemis Racing, it’s a case of win to race another day. Artemis Racing will enter the pre-start on port tack and Luna Rossa on starboard. The first two starts in the series went the way of Artemis Racing, but Luna Rossa got one back yesterday and hopes to get a second today. It might need that second start if Artemis Racing continues its vertical climb.

The Swedish team took 1 minute out of its deficit during Thursday’s off day, a significant amount of time. Today will be the fifth consecutive day on the water for Artemis Racing, something no team in the 34th America’s Cup can claim.

“We love being here. We really enjoy the sailing, it’s a fantastic venue and great boats,” said Iain Percy, Artemis Racing skipper. “Let’s hope it’s not one more day. We’re going to put everything into (Saturday’s race). We’re really looking forward to it and I think everyone in our team looks forward to the challenge.”