Luna Rossa’s Prada Pirelli Italians easily qualified for the Prada Cup Final 4-0 against American Magic.
The Americans after capsizing their AC75 in round robin will have succeeded in a short time and with the help of the other teams to repair their boat and to line up for the semi-final against Luna Rossa. In strong wind conditions for a recovery with 16/20 knots of wind, American Magic had to relearn to sail and regain confidence against the Italians.
Unfortunately, the first two games were largely dominated by the Italians. Faster and more efficient, Luna Rossa was able to continue improving her boat. American Magic couldn’t do anything. The Italians won the starts and were just faster, more stable and more confident. Without real pressure, they made no mistakes and won two easy wins.
For this second day and third match, the conditions were perfect. American Magic entered the starting area from the left side on the port side and did so with perfect timing and rhythm. As the two boats neared the start line American Magic went downwind in hopes of forcing Luna Rossa to luff, but they weren’t close enough and didn’t have the pace to accelerate into a position of. control. At the first crossroads Luna Rossa passed 130m ahead. A place they will occupy throughout the round.
In the fourth match, the start was balanced but the Americans very quickly had a serious problem with their foiling system and there was no match. Luna Rossa crossed the finish line and won their fourth race in a row, a victory which now propels them to the Prada Cup final against INEOS Team UK. Despite the Herculean effort to get PATRIOT back on the water, American Magic was eliminated from the PRADA Cup.
The final will be played as the best of 13 races between the two leading teams and will start on February 13, the first team to score seven points will win the PRADA Cup and face the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup match at from March 6.