It is impossible to exaggerate the importance and significance of the of the first race in any America’s Cup as the anticipation and build up that proceeds the first day is beyond anything else in sport.
Day one of the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA didn’t disappoint with the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sitting on a tie after two races. Pretty even performances between the two boats once again confirmed that there is no space for mistakes.
Today’s results clearly show that there is a long way to go in this first to 7 points America’s Cup Match. As 170 years of history taught us, the game is far from over.
Race 1 - Emirates Team New Zealand beat Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli
Current: 0.2 knots @ 163
Winner Emirates Team New Zealand – 0:31
Race 2 - Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli beat Emirates Team New Zealand
Current: 0.1 knots @ 172
Winner – Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli – 0:07