December 4, 2023

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France and New Zealand head into a complicated debut for the Sailing America’s Cup in Vilanova i la Geldru.

France and New Zealand head into a complicated debut for the Sailing America’s Cup in Vilanova i la Geldru.

Finally let’s say 37th edition of Rowing America’s Cup. And Villanova i La Geldru Once again became the protagonist as the Catalan city saw the debut of the preliminary regattas. Class AC40. Had the weather not allowed the race to start last Friday, we could have seen six boats sail ahead of us this Saturday. Ribes Roses Beach.

Lack of wind is the protagonist in the introduction of America’s Cup sailing

The tournament’s grand presentation was held last Thursday at the Port of Vilanova. Barcelona is the world’s oldest host city this time around, but the first tests are being held in Garraf. While everyone was waiting for the start, it was not possible when expected, as bad weather prevented the boats from getting safely through the Catalan sea.

The first three scheduled races were canceled and they wanted to add this Saturday, but in the end it was a race that had to be added to the three already scheduled by the organization. But the rain has already left the dangerous electrical storm behind The big problem this Saturday is the lack of wind. Eventually, with winds of just over 6 knots it was possible to sail and start racing. But as there was no progress, Out of 4 scheduled races, only 2 were completed.

Sailing yachts at Villanova I la Geldru / Photo: America’s Cup

France and New Zealand is very typical

This lack of wind was noticed in the first regatta, which affected the good navigation of the boats. Although the Italians thought they would go further and take the points for second place, The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team was disqualified, but they were awarded second place in the post-race reviews.. And The first win of the day went to the French Orient Express racing team. Notably, American NYYC American Magic finished third and Emirates Team New Zealand finished fourth.

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After a complicated first race due to little wind, it was decided to wait for more favorable weather conditions. Almost two hours later the second and final Test began. And The New Zealand team has clearly won after a great comeback and be able to lift the boat out of the water in the second leg of the race. Swiss team Alinky Red Bull Racing finished second despite a strong start. Positions from third to sixth place were determined by the position achieved when crossing the first checkpoint, already more than 2.5 km behind the sea racers.

An America’s Cup Sailing Cruise / Photo: America’s Cup

for now, French team Alinky Red Bull Racing in the final and New Zealand, who will play in the final this Sunday. However, there are still a few more races and a few more points at stake before deciding which teams will fight for the first trophy. And the team that needs to improve is INEOS Britannia.

First day results of AC40

Equipment Race 1 Race 2
Position points Position points Total
1 France 1 10 3 5 Fifteen
2 New Zealand 4 3 1 10 13
3 Swiss 5 2 2 7 9
4 Italy 2 7 6 1 8
5 America 3 5 5 2 7
6 Britain 6 1 4 3 4