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Luna Rossa evens the score at Louis Vuitton Cup

Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge evened the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup against Emirates Team New Zealand at 1-1 with a victory in Race 2. Luna Rossa was trailing by more than 400 meters on Leg 3, upwind, when the Kiwis stopped sailing, apparently due to a problem with the hydraulics. Luna Rossa completed the 10.02 nautical mile course in 25:34 at an average speed of 26.96 knots.The race committee has postponed Race 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final due to winds exceeding the prescribed limit. Race 3 and Race 4 will be held Monday, beginning at 12:10 PT.

Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Draper was happy to win the point after the Kiwis had withdrawn, and noted the fragile nature of the AC72.

“It was pretty breezy on the upwind. We’re pushing the boats and loading the wings up way harder. That sort of stuff is making it harder on the boats, and the two race a day program and all the work in between; we’ve sailed the boat for 4 days solid now, which is tough on the shore crew and there’s probably another day to come here. It’s pretty full on for everybody keeping these boats on the water.”

The Emirates Team New Zealand crew has fixed the problem with the hydraulics aboard Aotearoa. “The boats are driven by hydraulics. We had a problem and… it’s a bit of a problem when you can’t tack or jibe the wing or rake the boards, the boat’s pretty much crippled. At the moment we’ve sorted problem and are ready to go,” said skipper Dean Barker.