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.
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.
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.