August 1, 2021

America’s Cup. Summary of the first races in AC75

No wind. The AC75s stopped. 12/20/20 – Auckland (NZL) 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA PRADA Christmas Race Day Emirates Team New Zealand, INEOS TEAM UK

The Prada Christmas Race was canceled due to lack of wind for this last day of racing. Defender and Challenger were able to gauge each other over 3 days of racing. So what to remember from these first confrontations in AC75?

We saw the AC75s in match racing for the first time. There have been some great phases of duels that promise for the future. The level of the boats and the teams should improve enormously in the coming weeks. We must not forget that these are the second AC75 teams and that they were launched barely a month ago.

It is therefore difficult to draw conclusions on the performance of the boats. From what we could see, ie in medium conditions with little wind, Team New Zealand was doing relatively well without being overbearing. On the challenger side, American Magic was more comfortable than Luna Rossa but overall the boats are quite close. On the other hand, Ben Ainslie and his crew were not at the party. They repeatedly encountered foiling and flight problems on their AC75.

What was important with these confrontations was especially to gauge yourself with the Defender since it was the only time the Challengers could do so before the America’s Cup Match in early March. The kiwis like the Americans did not hide anything in front of him whereas one can think that Luna Rossa was a little in restraint. Overall, there is no clear advantage between the Defender and two of the challengers American Magic and Luna Rossa.

Ineos, who are said to be typical for the breeze, had started very badly in Bermuda before gaining momentum. We can think that the English will do the same for this edition, especially since the wind conditions should gradually increase between January and March.

The ability of teams to progress with their boat has always been key in the America’s Cup. With a Prada Cup that will last a long time with many confrontations, the challenger should be relatively strong against the Defender. The advantage is for the moment on the side of the famous New York Yacht Club at the origin of the Cup but Luna Rossa is not very far.

To be continued on