Final day of the America’s Cup World Series was to be a knock-out event for the PRADA Christmas Race on Sunday 20 December.
Wind conditions dropped away after the start of the first race, and with Emirates Team New Zealand well ahead the 45 minute time limit ran out and the race was was terminated with Emirates Team New Zealand just a few hundred metres from the finish line.
At 17:45 NZL the Race Committee called it a day and the last possibility to see the AC75’s racing was over for this year.
The next time the challengers line up on the race course it will be for the PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series starting the 15 January 2021.
Regatta director Iain Murray has now raised the prospect of a two-day session of practice racing on January 7 and 8 or 11 and 12 to give his race day operation more time to test their race organisation systems.
The Prada Christmas Cup was to have comprised two knock-out stages. Emirates Team New Zealand facing INEOS TEAM UK, followed by a match race between Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and New York Yacht Club American Magic.
After the two first head to head match ups, the winner progressed to the final, the losers to a playoff match to decide the final rankings.
AC75 Christmas Race schedule – 20 December:
Race 1 – Emirates Team New Zealand vs NEOS TEAM UK . . . Racing Abandoned
Race 2 – New York Yacht Club American Magic vs Luna Rossa PRADA Pirelli
Race 3 – 2nd Place from Race 1 vs 2nd Place from Race 2.
Race 4 – 1st Place from Race 1 vs 1st Place from Race 2.
America’s Cup World Series Overall – after 12 races – Saturday 19 Dec 2020:
1st ETNZ – 5 pt
2nd American Magic – 4 pts
3rd Luna Rossa – 3 pt
4th Ineos Team UK – 0 pts