Defender and Challenger square the first day of the America's Cup

Defender and Challenger square the first day of the America's Cup

The first day of the 36th America’s Cup, the world’s oldest international sporting event, brought an uncertain battle between title defender Emirates Team New Zealand and challenger Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, who remained in the starting positions with 1-1 score after the first two races. Emirates Team was faster in the first race in the waters of Auckland by 31 seconds, while the Italians fought back in the second by passing the finish line with a seven-second advantage. 

Luna Rossa opened the initial regatta with a bad start which the New Zealanders used to create a key advantage. The Italian crew at one point approached 17 seconds behind, but failed to do more than that. Luna Rossa therefore made a much better start in the second race, gaining a 24-second advantage over her opponents. The hosts managed to make up for 17 seconds with an excellent sailing downwind in the second half of the race, but they also failed to overtake their challengers.

Quite even performances these two teams once again confirmed that there will be no room for mistakes and the division of points after the first day clearly showed that there is still a long way to go to the final goal, to the seventh point that brings victory. So it will certainly be interesting to see if one of the teams can stand out after the third and fourth races scheduled for Friday, March 12th.