Racing the in the City of Venice Trophy – a prologue to next week’s America’s Cup World Series – got underway in Venice today, but without Emirates Team New Zealand.
The team spent the day repairing some hull damage around the trampoline attachment, an area of extreme load. Fortunately it is an overnight repair, so we are recalculating the stresses and undertaking a permanent repair to ensure we can sail tomorrow and for the remainder of the regatta.
The shore crew will be working into the night on the repair. Meanwhile, the sailing team watched racing today and later sailed on of the Luna Rossa twin AC45s to check sails.
Chris Draper’s Luna Rossa Piranha dominated the day in extremely light and challenging conditions on the offshore race course, where the wind rarely exceeded five knots.
Three more races will be held tomorrow. The ACWS Venice regatta proper starts on Thursday.
Results after three races
1. Luna Rossa – Piranha…27 points
2. Luna Rossa – Swordfish…21 points
3. Energy Team…20 points
4. ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill…19 points
5. Artemis Racing…16 points
6. China Team…12 points
7. Team Korea…11 points
8. Emirates Team New Zealand…0 points
9. ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock…0 points