Argo Group Gold Cup - Team Anslie win first semi-final match

Only one match completed in the semi's today at the Argo Group Gold Cup on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda: Ainslie winning over Minoprio, Bruni over Canfield. Racing ended Saturday after a long day of rain and very light winds. Racing will begin on Sunday at 9 AM rather than the scheduled 10 AM.

After the massive wind shift and a delay, the Semi-Finals got underway. Ben Ainslie’s team got the better of Adam Minoprio’s Team Alpari FX. “It was very frustrating,” recounted Minoprio. “The wind was light and shifty and as soon as the gun went it got even lighter and shiftier to the point where it was almost a bit of a drift-off.” Ainslie got the right out of the start and proceeded to extend away from there, with the Kiwi team having no chance to get back into the match.

The first Semi Final race between Francesco Bruni’s Luna Rossa team and Taylor Canfield USone was a nail biter with the Italian team just pipping the US Virgin Islander to the post.

“Normally light wind races are boring, but today was anything but boring!” said Bruni. “We were ahead and they passed us and then we were ahead to head and then we got a penalty. But we picked up a couple of good shifts down the final run and we were head to head again and in the end I think we won by maybe 20cm. We were very excited when we crossed the line!”

Bruni felt that the Race Committee had made the right decision to stop racing after just one Semi-Final today. “To decide the semi-finals in good conditions tomorrow is for sure the right call.”

With the forecast for the breeze to fill in to 10-12 knots from the northeast, the plan for tomorrow is to complete the Semi-Finals races before going into the Finals.