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Sailing flying machines: Italy against New Zealand in the America's Cup
Three years of preparation, two teams, one dream: when the 36th America's Cup duel starts on Wednesday morning at 4.15 a.m. outside Auckland, New Zealand, there will be a lot for both crews on the game. Cup defender Team New Zealand meets the "Luna Rossa" team with the "Te Rehutai". The Italians are chasing the world's most prestigious sailing trophy in their sixth attempt, fighting for only the third European victory in the 170-year history of the Cup.
Three years of preparation, two teams, one dream: When the 36th America's Cup duel starts on Wednesday morning at 4.15 a.m. outside Auckland in New Zealand, a lot is at stake for both crews .
Cup defender Team New Zealand meets the “Luna Rossa” team with the “Te Rehutai”. The Italians are chasing the world's most prestigious sailing trophy in their sixth attempt, fighting for only the third European victory in the 170-year history of the Cup.
«I would say the chances are half and half. It's no secret that I see our strengths especially in light winds. If there is more wind, I see Team New Zealand in the lead, ”is Martin Fischer's forecast. The German physicist, who was born in Celle, is co-design coordinator of Azzurri and a co-developer of the new AC75 cup class. The team that can book seven victory points first wins the cup.
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The duel for the oldest silver jug in international sailing will be fought with budgets beyond the 100 million euro limit and on futuristic monohull projectiles that rise out of the water on wings known as foils. They “fly” over the regatta course at more than 90 kilometers per hour.
For the teams, the showdown in New Zealand's Hauraki Golf, 21 years after their first cup duel, is a déjà vu: Shortly after the turn of the millennium, the Kiwis had outclassed the Italians 5-0 in their home territory. Now the 100-strong racing team of the passionate cup hunter Patrizio Betelli Italy wants to fulfill a long-cherished dream. His “Luna Rossa” had previously won the challenger final against the Ineos team of sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie from Great Britain. "It was a long trip with pitfalls in difficult times," said the Italian team boss and skipper Max Sirena, alluding to the many hurdles that all teams had to overcome in times of the corona pandemic.
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Sirena's team reached the final with a “light wind rocket” and an unusual helmsman concept: During the races, the four-time Olympic participant Francesco Bruni from Palermo and the Australian Cup heavyweight Jimmy Spithill take turns at the helm.
The 41-year-old from Sydney had won the America's Cup in 2010 and 2013 with the Oracle team from the USA, before New Zealand won 2017 off Bermuda with the then 26-year-old helmsman and 49er Olympic champion Peter Burling. For the defeat he has suffered, Spithill now wants to return the favor on the Luna Rossa. He knows his opponent well: "Peter Burling is without a doubt the best sailor in the world." Francesco Bruni describes Burling as an "insane talent".
The highly acclaimed 30-year-old and his Olympic sailor Blair Tuke form the heart and lungs on board the New Zealand “Te Rehutai”. The multi-talented Kiwis, who want to compete for medals at the Olympic sailing regatta in Japan in summer again in the 49er with Berliners Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel (third place in the 2016 Olympics), are considered to be the measure of all things in the America's Cup.
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