Italy’s Luna Rossa is one victory away from advancing to the America’s Cup challenger finals and another go-round with powerhouse Emirates Team New Zealand.
Like it did in the first race, Artemis slowed dramatically during its first gybe after turning from the reaching first leg onto the downwind second leg.
Rebounding from a shaky start and damage to its wing sail, Italy’s Luna Rossa sped ahead of Artemis Racing of Sweden to win the opening race of the America’s Cup challenger semifinals Tuesday on San Francisco Bay.
Three months after crewman Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed in a capsize, Artemis Racing will sail in the America’s Cup challenger trials.
An international jury of sailing experts may be asked to settle a major dispute between two America’s Cup teams.
Team Artemis announced Friday it plans to sail in the America’s Cup yacht races this summer, even as racing officials indicated the preliminary rounds would be scaled back even further because of safety concerns raised after one of the Swedish’s competitors sailors was killed during a training run on San Francisco Bay.
The America’s Cup qualification races may be significantly scaled back as the Swedish team may not be ready in time, officials said on Wednesday.
Officials have not ruled out cancelling the America’s Cup Race scheduled for this summer based on the outcome of multi-agency investigations currently underway.