On Scene with Bill Wilson — Louis Vuitton Cup

Team Emirates New Zealand (TENZ) and Luna Rossa pass by spectators at Pier 27 on the way to the start of Race 4 in the Louis Vuitton Cup Series

Team Emirates New Zealand added to more races to their win column on Wednesday afternoon by taking Race 4 and 5 from the Luna Rossa team. For the first time in the current Louis Vuitton Cup finals there were two complete races and two teams crossing the finish lines. Previous races had involved equipment failure which caused a team to not finish and high winds prevented a second race from being held on the same day.

Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Skipper during post race interviews with the media.

“The positive is that we improve more and more every day, but I’m starting to get upset because it would be great to have another four or five months,” said Sirena. “We’re not that far from these guys, but the Cup is in a couple of weeks.”

 

Louis Vuitton Cup Final Standings (first to 7 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 4
Luna Rossa Challenge – 1

Race 4 Performance Data
Course: 5 Legs/10.18 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 25:39, LR – 27:57
Delta: ETNZ +2:18
Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.5 NM , LR – 11.7 NM
Average Speed: ETNZ – 26.94 knots (31 mph), LR – 25.29 knots (29 mph)
Top Speed: ETNZ – 44.04 knots (50 mph), LR – 39.99 knots (46 mph)
Wind Speed: Average – 14 knots, Peak – 17 knots

Team Emirates New Zealand crosses the first finish line on its foil and in first place.

Race 5 Performance Data
Course: 5 Legs/10.18 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 24:26, LR – 25:54
Delta: ETNZ +1:28
Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.5 NM , LR – 11.7 NM
Average Speed: ETNZ – 28.44 knots (33 mph), LR – 27.29 knots (31 mph)
Top Speed: ETNZ – 43.77 knots (50 mph), LR – 39.23 knots (45 mph)

LunaRossa shaved almost a minute off their time in the second race, but still came up short as Team Emirates again finished in front of them.

Upcoming Louis Vuitton Cup Final schedule (best-of-13 series)
Friday, Aug. 23: Final Race 6 (1:10 pm PT)
Saturday, Aug. 24: Final Race 7 (1:10 pm PT), Final Race 8 (2:10 pm PT)
Sunday, Aug. 25: Final Race 9* (1:10 pm PT), Final Race 10* (2:10 pm PT)
(* If necessary)

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