The climate is increasingly hot ad Auckland, where an authentic is being consumed arm wrestling between Luna Rossa and the America’s Cup Events (ACE) regarding the calendar of the Prada Cup Final. The Italian association wants to return to the water as early as Friday 19 February, while the organizing body would prefer to postpone everything for a week hoping that in the capital of New Zealand it will pass from the level 2 lockdown ( effective until Monday) to a level 1 lockdown.
Team Prada Pirelli is right, also because the regulation provides that the final act ends by 24 February and that, in the event that neither of the two teams has achieved the seven victories required to win the trophy, the one who is ahead in the score on that date triumphs. James Spithill and his teammates are currently 4-0 ahead against Ineos Uk, overwhelmed in the four races held last weekend.
In the press conference staged late in the evening, it essentially emerged that ACE had to submit to Luna Rossa, for a simple reason: the regulation is clear and the fleet led by skipper Max Sirena is right, there was no margin to ask for a postponement of the dispute, even because the health situation is anything but complicated and serious at those latitudes.
The tension, however, is very high and it is also holding up an incredible penalty request from Team New Zealand, the Defender of the America’s Cup waiting for the winner of the confrontation between Luna Rossa and Ineos. The kiwis will be called to defend the Old Pitcher starting from next 6 March against the Italians or the British. In recent days they have presented great news on their boat (le vele “Batman” it’s a new rudder) and today they put further pressure on their opponents.
The hosts do not like “coordinated training” between the various crews, that is they don’t want two teams to work together for example to evaluate the assets and measure their speeds. As reported by the New Zealand newspaper Stuff, Team New Zealand wanted the arbitration panel to provide guidelines on which tests are coordinated and sought the opinion of race director Iain Murray. Reigning champions argue that there is currently a difference of opinion among competitors on what is allowed. Attention: in Auckland it is still present too American Magic, who is testing the boat to see if the conditions exist to take part in the next one as well America’s Cup. Here is that the Americans, according to the hosts, could act as allies for Luna Rossa or Ineos …
The current protocol of the America’s Cup, however, does not allow Murray to rule on unofficial practices and the arbitration panel stressed that proximity does not in itself mean coordination, although the closer the boats sail, the greater the probability that coordinated activities can be encountered. The jury panel therefore came to this conclusion: “If two boats sailed within 100 meters of each other for more than 30 seconds, a violation could be assumed. Any penalties would be decided by the panel itself“.
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