Italians beat the British in the Prada Cup, New Zealand

Italians beat the British in the Prada Cup, New Zealand

aIn the end there were no more questions. The Italians have shown themselves to be extremely cautious in the past few days. They fought decisively – on land with lawyers, and on water with sailors also from Australia. On Sunday afternoon, after two more Hurricane Golf wins over the British team, they finally won the right to challenge the New Zealanders to the Copa America at the start of March.

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Christoph Heine

Christoph Heine

Business reporter for South Asia / Pacific based in Singapore.

Luna Rossa won the Challenger Prada Cup with seven wins in eight races from Auckland. After six matches, this is the second time they have reached the finals of the 170-year-old Copa America. The British expedition, marked by enormous sailing power and expenditures estimated at more than $ 100 million, vanished Sunday afternoon in New Zealand after nearly six years.

“You sailed brilliantly, the best package deal and deservedly won,” Sir Ben Ainsley, who led the British, congratulated the Italians while at the port. Under the guidance of their Australian captain Jimmy Spethyl, they proved the full gamut on the bite, allowing them to exhaust everything – including legal odds. Meanwhile, Luna Rossa is proving to be ahead of Britannia, especially in light wind conditions that only reached twelve knots this weekend. The Italian AC75 was able to travel more and more altitude at the same speed at the intersection.

The mission is impossible for Ainslie, too

The team around four-time Olympic champion Ainsley won the first start Sunday morning. However, on the first cross pass, the Italians played a slight advantage and led the lead by 16 seconds. Then they achieved their sixth victory on the streak without any risk. Ainslie said bitterly after the sixth round: “From now on, it’s very simple actually: We have to win every race from now on.”

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