This post is part of my America’s Cup in San Francisco blog post series.
It is summer in San Francisco which means colder temperatures and a lot of fog. Today was no exception:
This is the second time that Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) met Luna Rossa Challenge (LR) in the Louis Vuitton Cup. A week ago, LR didn’t do well against ETNZ. So the big question of the day was really whether Luna Rossa would be able to do any better.
Luna Rossa crossed the start line first but already at mark 1, the Kiwis pulled ahead. The distance increased at mark 2. But shortly afterwards, a broken clip at the top of New Zealand’s jib brought down the head-sail. For a short time, they slowed down until they threw the sail over board and continued as nothing happened. Their lead increased at each mark and New Zealand won another race. Very impressive!
The Kiwis today showed the value of the main sail which is really an “airplane” wing and that the head-sail is not that important. Great win! Congratulations!
And once the AC72s finished their race, the kite surfer took over the bay.
Prints and Licensing: All images are available as fine art prints and for licensing. Please contact me for more details.