Italy Causes Trouble at America’s Cup

Italy Causes Trouble at America's Cup
Italy Causes Trouble at America’s Cup

The challenger final for America’s Cup is defeated. But first of all, there were a lot of troubles. The team from Italy was responsible for this as they caused a stir. Critics accused the aggressive sailors of damaging the image of sailing as an old sport of gentlemen. That also met the reputation of sponsors. After all, the fashion group Prada and the tire manufacturer Pirelli are part of the game here. New Zealand wanted to postpone the next regattas because of the crisis, but the Italians managed to continue sailing without spectators. Otherwise, they demanded to be declared the winner. Because as early as March 6th, New Zealand is about to sail the world’s oldest sports trophy. The stern demeanour of Luna Rossa was understandable to a certain extent, as the Italians already had four victories in a row. They only needed three wins in the remaining nine races to win the Prada Cup.

No Spectators For Security Reasons

The runs no longer took place on the inner lanes in front of the bank. The aim was to attract as few spectators as possible. That became necessary because the Italians insisted on observing the rules. All resistance in Aukland did not help. Neither politics, nor economics, nor the audience could change the minds of the Italians. The opponents might have benefited from a delay. The British showed weak until then and would have had more time to train. So they could have put off their weakness on the cross.

And so the competition went on. It ended as many expected. Italy sailed the British into the ground. Now it is for the southerners to win against New Zealand. The Luna Rossa stepped up resolutely and ended all discussions on the water. The second time the team has made it to America’s Cup’s finals in six attempts. The British, who had invested a lot of money and sailing skills in their campaign, had no chance in the end.

Will Britain Come Back?

Quite British gentlemen, they congratulated their opponents and pointed out that the better overall package won. The Luna Rossa was superior to the Britannia in light wind conditions of just twelve knots. At the cross, the Italians were able to go higher and higher and at the same speed. Even before the decision, the British had manoeuvred themselves into a seemingly hopeless situation. They should have won every race that was missing. That consequently proved impossible.

Will Britain Come Back
Will Britain Come Back?

But they did not give up after their defeat. Sponsor Jim Ratcliffe pointed to the great experience of the two finalists. He hinted that the British might return for another campaign. After all, they learned a lot from the race. From March 6th, New Zealand and Italy will meet. The Hauraki Gulf is about who can win the trophy of America’s Cup. Now the fans worldwide are looking forward to seeing if new Zealand will win again. Italy is undoubtedly a strong competitor.

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