America’s Cup: Luna Rossa satisfied after tie on day one

(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 10 – Luna Rossa Skipper and Team Director
Max Sirena expressed satisfaction after the Italian outfit drew
1-1 with Team New Zealand on the first day of competition of the
36th America’s Cup.
    The holders won the first race by 31 seconds after taking
control with a better start.
    But if they thought they were going to have things all their own
way, they were wrong, as Luna Rossa came back to take the second
race by seven seconds after holding off a late surge by the
hosts.
    “It was an important and interesting day,” said Sirena.
    “Expectations were high among both teams and there was a great
deal of curiosity to see what the difference in performance in
the two boats would be.
    “We raced in a wind range of 13 to 18 knots, which is much more
favourable to their configuration.
    “So we raced well.
    “We can beat them and that is good news for us and it gives us
confidence.
    “We certainty made some mistakes, which we will analyse tomorrow
with attention.
    “But the day ended in a positive way and that fires us up”.
    Competition resumes on Friday.
    Luna Rossa won the right to challenge Team New Zealand for
sailing’s ultimate prize by beating British and American teams
in the Prada Cup. (ANSA).
   

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