The decision is postponed at the 36th American Cup: New Zealand loses only one win to win - Sports

The decision is postponed at the 36th American Cup: New Zealand loses only one win to win – Sports

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Kay Muller

The Italians are 3: 6 behind in the Copa America. New Zealand is on the verge of defending its title. The decision can be taken on Wednesday.

You are doing everything right. The Italians sail the perfect five-lap race. In the final cross, they forced the defending champion to turn, pushing him to the right side of the track – a sign of absolute control. New Zealanders themselves do not expect to find winds here that would allow them to pass by notable Italians. You have no choice but to respond to an opponent who has been on your way throughout the ninth race.

But now, of all times, the New Zealand side of the cycle is paying off. The surrounding crew of Streuermann Peter Burling, Wingman Blair Tuke and Commander Glenn Ashby collided with a wind diversion and turned a narrow gap of 70 meters into a progression of over a hundred. Very near the end, Francesco Bruni and Jimmy Spethyl can’t do anything aboard Luna Rossa. They lost another strong race in the 36th America’s Cup, so the next time they meet this is their last chance.

With elbows extended

Since entering the Copa America in 1992, Italian unions have twice won the right to compete against the defending champions. After all, they could win a race against the United States in San Diego, but none against the New Zealanders eight years later. In 2000, the encounter took place on the same waters of Hauraki Bay, fearing its treacherous conditions, which also shows its unexpected side on Tuesday.

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No way without a chance. Despite the devastating balance of 3: 6, Luna Rossa often leads. In the ninth race, the Italians were overtaken shortly before the end. Photo: AFPZoom in
No way without a chance. Despite the devastating balance of 3: 6, Luna Rossa often leads. In the ninth race, the Italians were overtaken shortly before the end.
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Race day starts with a strong breeze of 15 knots, but the racetrack must be realigned before the start because front drift ensures a change in wind direction. So the teams were warned.

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In ballet before starting, they have to rein in the AC-75 contestants in these conditions so they don’t race to the line early. Burling appears to be the best at doing this. But neck-and-neck racing is evolving with marginal changes in leadership. On marks, opponents are never more than nine seconds apart, and Luna Rossi is able to battle the nominally faster opponent with “elbows outstretched,” says Bruni. At one point, he used his right of way so widely that he pushed Burling off the line into Lee’s lower gate, only to convert 40 meters into over a hundred meters. This is how you win races. user.

An unfortunate game

Whether it was wrong to grant New Zealanders the advantage of the “Te Rehutai free wind field” or simply bad luck, is an open question. Since the second race was canceled on Tuesday morning European time shortly before kick-off due to lack of wind, the nine men of Luna Rossa, eight Italians and one Australian, must hope for another opportunity on Wednesday. Emirates Airline New Zealand is just one race away from a 6-3 win. This sounds more meaningful than it really is.

Technological qualities made the difference in one of Luna Rossa’s three previous defeats. Before and after that, sailing decisions were the deciding factor, with the unfortunate consequences that most of the passengers on board were unable to do anything. But you have to be prepared for that when you depend on the weather.

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