In the 36th American Cup match, the reigning champions and host New Zealand and Italy challengers remain sexy even after day three. Each team won a race on Saturday ahead of Auckland, so it’s now 3: 3.
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli from Italy initially won the first race of the day in asymmetric winds with an 18-second advantage. In the sixth race, New Zealand captain Peter Burling and his crew aboard the Tea Riotai turned the tide and beat the rivals by 1:41 minutes. “That was a good end to another hard day,” said Blair Tuck, New Zealand’s 49th Olympic champion.
Tens of thousands of fans and a record fleet of 1,600 spectator boats provided the Port Regatta and Hauraki Golf Racecourse a stunning backdrop at the start of the weekend. Seven victories are necessary to win the oldest and most important trophy in sailing.
TV tip: The final will continue on Sunday (14 March 2021 / 4.15 AM CET) with Races 7 and 8. The winner is the team with seven wins first. You can follow all races in the Copa America live on ServusTV.