(Reuters) – Luna Rossa stormed into the ultimate of the Challenger Collection after finishing a 4-0 sweep of American Magic within the best-of-seven repechage semi-final in Auckland on Saturday.
The Italian group will tackle Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Crew UK to find out who will face defenders Crew New Zealand (TNZ) for the America’s Cup.
American Magic, who struggled in Friday’s first two races in breezy situations, put up a much-improved show within the third race in lighter winds, however failed to really take a look at Luna Rossa, who crossed the end line 35 seconds forward.
The American group’s “Patriot” yacht – patched up after sustaining harm after it capsized throughout a spherical robin race – then skilled a number of techinal issues within the fourth race and limped to the end line three minutes and 51 seconds behind the Italian group.
“I am very pleased with the group…we made some enormous steps ahead. The entire group is on one other stage,” Luna Rossa helmsman Francesco Bruni stated.
“We demonstrated as soon as once more we’re sturdy on the beginning line…sadly the Individuals had some issues, their boat wasn’t functioning nicely, I really feel very sorry for them.”
“I believe we’ll see some good racing within the ultimate in opposition to INEOS.
American Magic skipper Terry Hutchinson stated he was disillusioned with the end result however hailed his group’s dedication.
“These are unbelievable boats…the best reward for the AM group for overcoming what we did to get the boat again on the water. It will have been straightforward to cease,” Hutchinson stated.
The winners of the Challenger Collection, which ends on Feb. 22, will tackle TNZ from March 6 for the America’s Cup.
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