When a place in the America’s Cup is at stake, teams will take points whichever way they come.
And that proved to be the case with Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge crew who levelled the scores at 1-1 in the Louis Vuitton Cup.
They sailed to victory unopposed after their opponents, Emirates Team New Zealand, were disqualified because of a problem with their boat’s hydraulics.
“These boats are driven by hydraulics. 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,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker.
“The issue was with our hydraulic system. What controls that is an electronic circuitry within the boat,” said tactician Ray Davies. “It was more the electronics side of things that shut down, which meant we had no switching of the hydraulic function. So it was an electronic issue which caused a hydraulic issue.”
“Anything that we get is a bonus,” said Chris Draper, Luna Rossa helmsman. “That’s not the way we want to win points, but I was pleased how well we were going against those guys in the race. Our speed downwind and upwind looked a lot better than the round robins. We’ll see how it plays out.”
Teams are competing to be the first to seven points, which will secure a place a next month’s America’s Cup.