The LV Cup delivered a morning of high drama and excitement, followed by gloomy afternoon of no racing, due to lack of wind. Yesterday’s racing was really just a series of starts, for whichever team crossed the line first won the race, such was the lack of passing lanes, but today’s two races went down to the wire.
First race was Luna Rossa versus Team China, after problems with the ‘wands’ on Team Origin and K-Challenge and started at 11am. Luna Rossa was penalized 30 seconds before the start, then sailed the course ahead of Team China, to lead by 178 meters coming to the line. The Italians did a great spin right on the finish to just pip Team China. It was so close that China’s skipper Ian Williams lamented the fact the spinnaker being over the line, rather than the hull, did not count.
The second match between K-Challenge and Team Origin started with the Brits forcing K-Challenge to tack on the line, but K-Challenge forced Origin to tack again, in an attempt to send Ainslie and crew into the boats from Race 1 on the downwind leg.
A tacking duel then ensued, with K-Challenge gaining, but Team Origin lead at the top mark by 8 seconds with a tack set. Following a luffing match, K-Challenge rolled Team Origin, but the French spinnaker halyard let go. They quickly re-hoisted the sail, but Ben Ainslie luffed hard with the spinnaker up, forcing K-Challenge to make an error in not keeping clear.
The quarter finals are now between Team Origin and Damiani Italia Challenge and Luna Rossa match up with BMW Oracle racing. They should have been held in the afternoon, but warm rain and no wind put an end to that. Pic from Juerg Kaufmann and there are also a bunch more here.
January 1st, 1970