A few minutes ago Emirates team New Zealand has won the first of the best of 9 match races in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finale with a 45 m lead (only 8 seconds delta) over Italian Luna Rossa Team.
And the Italians did it! They beat the USA team another time and are now heading to the LV Cup’s finals. Egg on the face of the USA BMW Oracle team, but they take it graciously according to their Blog [that they took away since].
The America’s cup will either go to Europe again or to New Zealand!
Last edited by Happy Hotelier on February 7, 2010 at 5:38 am
The Italians won again against the Yankees. Consequently Luna Rossa now has a 4-1 lead and just need one more win to go to the LV final series of Matchraces which Final series decide who may race against Alinghi.
Luna Rossa Challenge vs BMW ORACLE Racing.
Â©ACM 2007/Photo’s:Stefano Gattini and Carlo Borlenghi
Ah Maazing semi finals:
Valencia – 18.05.2007 – 16:53
Via an old post on America’s Cup:
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge take control
Luna Rossa Challenge has jumped out to a 3-1 series lead over BMW ORACLE Racing at the Louis Vuitton Cup. In these Semi Finals, the first team to win five races advances to the Final, and following today’s victory, the Italian team is one step closer to its goal.
Luna Rossa Challenge led all the way around the race track, after starting to the left of the American team. After one lap of the course ITA 94 was ahead by just 12-seconds, but helmsman James Spithill and his crew extended that lead to nearly half a minute at the second windward mark and held on to win by 24-seconds.
In the other pairing, Emirates Team New Zealand started ahead of the Spanish team and extended the rest of the way around the race track. The Spanish made up five-seconds on the final run, but it wasn’t enough; the Kiwis won by 42-seconds and have a 3-1 series lead.
I wouldn’t have believed it possible that Larry’s team would lose again!
Luna Rossa Challenge
Photo by Leggo Online
The LV Ranking link is the quickest way to be kept updated about the current rankings in the semifinals of The Louis Vuitton Cup.
Today at 15.00 hr the second flight will start in the best of nine match races of the LV Cup Semifinals.
Yesterday, in the first flight, USA teamwho have their own BMW Oracle racing Blog surprisingly lost its first race from the Italian team Luna Rossa Challenge 2007, probably because its 18nd crew member was the boss himself, Patrizio Bertelli.
The Kiwis Emirates Team New Zealand had obtained the right to choose their adversary from the other 3 contenders. They choose the Spanish team and won their first race.
The America’s cup is an excellent means of city marketing. The Cup itself brings a lot of publicity to Valencia and it triggers even more:
Port Americaâ€™s Cup could become the second Formula One city circuit in Europe. The area of the Port will be part of the route that will host the first race of the 2008 season.
Bernie Ecclestone, president of Formula One visited Port Americaâ€™s Cup Thursday (may 10), accompanied by Flavio Briatore, Sports Director of the Racing Team that is this year defending the world title won by Fernando Alonso in 2006. Both enjoyed lunch in the Foredeck restaurant within the Veles e Vents building, located in the center of the future circuit , due to be the setting for next yearâ€™s elite motor competition.
At the moment of publishing this post, 15.45 hr, and thanks to the (paid) live tracker America’s Cup Anywhere I know Emirates New Zealand leads and Luna Rossa leads in their respective downwind legs.
Added 23.00 hr: Kiwis an Yankees won!