SAN FRANCISCO, August 9, 2013 — In the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals, Luna Rossa Challenge now stands one win away from advancing to the final round and a match against Emirates Team New Zealand. Today the Italian team sailed its most complete race and now leads Artemis Racing 3-0 in the America’s Cup Challenger Series.
Today’s Race 3 of the semifinal round of the Louis Vuitton Cup had Luna Rossa Challenge and Artemis Racing return to the race course after a day off yesterday. Luna Rossa captured the first two races of the America’s Cup Challenger Series, by 2 minutes and 2 minutes, 6 seconds, respectively.
Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Draper clearly won the start, crossing onto the race course 9 seconds ahead of Artemis Racing. Luna Rossa led by 11 seconds at the first reach mark and then steadily increased the lead around the 15.53-nautical-mile course to win by 1 minute, 18 seconds.
To date, Luna Rossa has posted the fastest elapsed time around the race course. The team finished Tuesday’s Race 1 in 43:20. The fastest time Emirates Team New Zealand posted in the round robin series was 43:52. In both occurrences, the racecourse was the seven-leg format, and the course lengths were less than a half mile different: 15.83 nautical miles for Luna Rossa’s time compared to 15.47 for Emirates Team New Zealand’s time. Additionally, the wind was similar, averaging 16 knots with peaks into the low 20s.
“I’m really proud of how we sailed today. That’s how we want to do it,” said Luna Rossa’s Draper. “I think Artemis Racing has improved a lot. We know Artemis Racing is going to keep getting better; there’s too much talent in that camp, but we sailed a good race and I’m proud of that.”
Race 4 of the semifinal round is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:15 pm PDT.
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