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Prada Cup Finals Resume sans Fans

Following all the hullaballoo on Wednesday, a canceled race day, the Prada Cup resumes Saturday, which is already today in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s government moved to Level 3 COVID restrictions in Auckland following two new community cases on Sunday. Prada Cup racing took a five-day break. But now racing is planned for every day until one competitor gets to 7 points, or by the end of the schedule on February 24, whichever comes first.

Brittania and Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa and Brittania go after each other on Finals Day 2 last weekend.
© 2021 Luca Butto

The government moved to Level 2 on Wednesday. Under Level 2, crowds of more than 100 will be unable to gather to spectate ashore. Activities such as the dock-out show, race screening and other public events have been suspended. Race courses B and C, those closest to shore, will not be used, in order to discourage large public gatherings on land. Spectators can still head out to watch the racing on the water.

During the break, the two teams, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, which has so far shut out their rivals, and INEOS Team UK, could choose to spend time tweaking their AC75s in the shed, and/or practice out on the water. Each chose a mixture of both. The two teams spent long hours afloat.

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