Convincing Luna Rossa after the first two final days of the Prada Cup
With four victories at the Luna Rossa scoreboard, Prada Pirelli concluded the first final weekend of the Prada Cup, confirming her authority, while the path of the British crew INEOS Team UK in the direct showdown to enter the America's Cup is getting steeper and steeper.
The first races between Luna Rosse Prada Pirelli and INEOS TEAM UK showed perfect one-on-one duels and tactics. A race ensued in which the British team made one mistake before the start and remained in the hunt for the Italians until the end. Given that the performance of the boats is fairly even, the start so far proves crucial in this final and the Italians simply sailed better and dictated the first two races with the British. The pressure continued to grow for both teams on the second day of the final. The INEOS TEAM UK crew needed a win in at least one match to break a series of Italians, while Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli wanted to finish the second day with the British left at zero. The Italians did practically perfectly on the second day as well, just like the first final day. Thus, in the fastest possible time, in just two days, they managed to cross more than half of the set goal and found themselves very close to a duel with the New Zealanders in the America's Cup.
„We are happy but the focus must remain high. We must use tomorrow and Tuesday to improve, we have to keep improving. We can feel the Italians cheering for us. The support we receive is amazing. People think that Italy is all about football, but sailing is having a good fight at the moment", said Francesco Bruni, helmsman Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli after the declassification of the British in the first two final days.