America’s Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand Conquers Luna Rossa Challenge
“We are going to see, for the first time ever, the two fastest, round-the-course racing vessels that have ever existed on this planet,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray at yesterday morning’s briefing. “When we see those two crews approaching the first mark probably at speeds of 40 knots or more, and then see them employ the tactics of racing on these unbelievable craft, it’ll be a world first.”
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge are familiar partners in the America’s Cup arena. The two teams have contested the 2000 America’s Cup Match, were finalists in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup Final, and have shared a design package and many hours of training together in the lead up to the 2013 America’s Cup.
Yesterday, the familiar faces contested the first two-boat race of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, The America’s Cup challenger series, and the reigning champions from New Zealand came out on top.
The Emirates Team New Zealand and their skipper Dean Barker made yesterday’s race look effortless. With the wind blowing around 17 knots, Emirates team held up Luna Rossa in the pre start and then sailed away to win by nearly five and a half minutes on the 15.47 Nautical Mile Course.
Click Link Below to Watch The Louis Vuitton Cup Race:
The next scheduled race of the Louis Vuitton Cup is today, and will feature Emirates Team New Zealand.