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The Prada Cup Kicks Off with an Upset

The Prada Cup kicked off in New Zealand today with a sudden reversal of fortunes for teams after INEOS Team UK, which came out the losers in the 2020 America’s Cup World Series, suddenly turned things around by beating both New York Yacht Club’s American Magic and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, ending the first day of racing up 2-0.

INEOS TEAM UK
INEOS Team UK had solid starts, a fast boat and smooth sailing for a startling wake-up call for NYYC and Prada.
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After a rather dismal performance before Christmas, INEOS Team UK apparently dug deep to retune and upgrade their sailing configuration with success that has surprised avid Cup watchers.

In both races the starts were close to even, but INEOS Team UK was able to get out ahead and stay there. For the race against the US, the Brits managed to keep extending their lead around the course. They finished 1 minute, 20 seconds ahead. The race against the Italians was closer, though again the Brits led throughout the entire race. Prada closed the gap to 13 seconds at the final windward rounding, but ended up 28 seconds behind by the finish.

INEOS TEAM UK
The British are coming.
© 2021 © COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi

The next races will be held at 6 p.m. PST this evening, with the US taking on the Italians and a rematch for the US against the Brits. You can read the full story of yesterday’s racing here.

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    bruce adornato 2 months ago

    so what is the best way to see some of this racing? live or memorex, either one. (is memorex dating me?)

    • John Arndt
      John Arndt 2 months ago

      Officially it varies by country and you need to look that up here: https://www.americascup.com/how-to-watch

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      David Hume 2 months ago

      In the USA the rights were purchased by NBC Sports network. Even if you already pay your cable company extra to get NBCSN you will still have pay another $179 to watch live. The rest of the world can watch for free. The best option is to subscribe to a ‘variable IP number’ so that it appears you are in a different country, about four dollars a month, then watch it live on Youtube or the americascup.com website. I have cancelled Spectrum and returned their cable box!

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