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The 2021 Prada Challenger's Trophy is a sailing competition held to determine the challenger in the 2021 America's Cup who would challenge Emirates Team New Zealand. The races have been held from January 15 to February 21, 2021[1] in Auckland, New Zealand and were preceded by the 2019–20 America's Cup World Series.[2] Veteran sailor Iain Murray served again as race director. The team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli beat Ineos Team UK 7-1 in the final moving onto the 2021 America's Cup.

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Teams

Three teams that competed for the title of challenger against defender Team New Zealand in the 2021 America's Cup.[3]

Country Team Helmsman
American Magic Dean Barker
Ineos Team UK Ben Ainslie
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli James Spithill
Francesco Bruni

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Rules

Boats

The Cup is sailed in AC75s, 75 foot foiling monohulls.[4][5] The boats are expected to have requirements around the boats being "constructed in country".[6] Teams are allowed to build two boats each.[7]

Nationality

Twenty percent of sailors in each team must have passports from that country. The rest must meet a residency requirement: they must reside in that team's country for 380 days from 1 September 2018 to 1 September 2020.[8]

Competition format

The Prada Cup uses a quadruple Round-robin tournament to determine a seeding. The second and third seeds after all twelve races then compete in a seven-race series in order to advance to a 13-race final series against the first seed from the round robin. The winner of this final series will become the challenger for the 2021 America's Cup against defender Team New Zealand.

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Round Robin

The triple round-robin series was held on the 15th till the 23rd of January. The UK was undefeated and therefore qualified directly for the final. America lost twice to each of the other competitors, and then in their fourth race the American team capsized and caused significant damage to the boat — forcing their withdrawal from the remaining races in the round-robin while they undertook repairs. Italy, having lost all their races against UK but won all the races against the USA, came second. This forced the USA and Italy to the semif-final knockout series, and the right to challenge the UK again in the final.

Team W L
1 Ineos Team UK 6 0
2 Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 3 3
3 American Magic 0 6

Round Robin 1 (January 15–16)

Race Date Time Port Entry Starboard Entry Time Course Legs Start Gate 1 Gate 2 Gate 3 Gate 4 Gate 5 Finish
1

[1]

January 15 +1' 20" (1,296 m) American Magic Ineos Team UK 23'13" C 6
-0' 01"

-0' 11"

-0' 18"

-0' 22"

-0' 52"

-1' 08"

-1' 20"
2

[2]

24'44" Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli +0' 28" (431 m) C 6
-0' 03"

-0' 14"

-0' 22"

-0' 23"

-0' 22"

-0' 13"

-0' 28"
3

[3]

January 16 38'54" Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli American Magic DNF (3,341 m) C 4
-0' 28"

-7' 38"

-1' 00"

-6' 03"
~ ~
5' 00"

Notes:

  • Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli filed an official Claim of Non-Compliance (‘CNC’) against Ineos Team UK for use of a mainsail during Race 1 and Race 2 with an intentional opening in the skin in order to run a outhaul line through the opening, then covering up the hole with fabric so no air can pass through. The race committee inspected the mainsail and determined that the feature is an intentional opening through the sail skin that is not covered or closed whilst racing, but "determined that this non-compliance with the AC75 Class Rule has not (or could not reasonably be expected to have) improved the performance of the yacht or has not (or could not reasonably be expected to have) had a significant effect on the outcome of a race." Ineos Team UK was fined $5,000 USD, to be paid to the Sir Peter Blake Trust.[9]
  • Race 3 was shortened from six legs to four mid-race because of light winds.

Round Robin 2 (January 16–17)

Race Date Time Port Entry Starboard Entry Time Course Legs Start Gate 1 Gate 2 Gate 3 Gate 4 Gate 5 Finish
1

[4]

January 16 42'44" Ineos Team UK American Magic +4' 59" (2,865 m) C 4
-0' 43"

-1' 49"

-8' 47"

-8' 40"
~ ~
-4' 59"
2

[5]

January 17 +0' 18" (228 m) Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK 27'35" A 6
-0' 00"

-0' 10"

-0' 07"

-0' 00"

-0' 26"

-0' 12"

-0' 18"
3

[6]

DNF (Capsized) American Magic Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 22' 24" A 6
-0' 03"

-0' 06"

-0' 13"

-0' 27"

-0' 42"

-1' 02"

Awarded

Notes:

  • Race 2 was abandoned after 4 legs due to a wind shift causing the course to not have a defined upwind and downwind leg. The course was re-set and orientated more towards the west, with the race being re-run from the beginning.[10]
  • American Magic capsized while rounding Gate 5 when a gust of wind caught the sails causing the leeward running backstay to not release and preventing the mainsail from being eased. No crew were reported injured but the incident caused a large hole in the hull of the boat and for a time it was at significant risk of sinking. Per race rules, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli was awarded the victory.[11]

Round Robin 3 (January 22–23)

Race Date Time Port Entry Starboard Entry Time Course Legs Start Gate 1 Gate 2 Gate 3 Gate 4 Gate 5 Finish
1 January 22
January 23
Awarded Ineos Team UK American Magic DNS
(Withdrawn)
C 6 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
2

[7]

+0' 33" (200 m) Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK 24'33" C 6
-0' 00"

-0' 02"

-0' 09"

-0' 19"

-0' 10"

-0' 01"

-0' 33"
3 January 23 DNS
(Withdrawn)
American Magic Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Awarded C 6 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Notes:

  • American Magic announced they would not compete in Round robins 3 and 4 following the damage sustained to their boat Patriot during the capsize in their round robin 2 race. In accordance with the rules, "ghost races" would be held. Those which were to have featured the teams would still take part on time and, given the American team failed to reach the starting gate, the race would then be awarded to the competitor by default.[12][13]
  • Race 2 was set for January 22nd, but due to American Magic withdrawing from Round Robins 3 and 4, the race was moved to January 23.[14]

Round Robin 4 (January 23–24)

Race Date Time Port Entry Starboard Entry Time Course Legs Start Gate 1 Gate 2 Gate 3 Gate 4 Gate 5 Finish
1 January 23
January 24
Cancelled
~ American Magic Ineos Team UK ~ Cancelled
2 January 24
Cancelled
~ Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ~
3 ~ Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli American Magic ~

Notes

Semi-final

The semi-finals were held from 29 January to 2 February, 2021. The second and third-placed team from the round-robin competed in a best-of-seven series to determine who would sail in the final against the UK. As the higher seed, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli chose to have Starboard gate position as their preferred starting mark. They would win the series 4-0, making the USA the first challenger team to be knocked out of the competition.

Semifinals Finals
      
1 Ineos Team UK 1
2 Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 7
2 Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 4
3 American Magic 0
Race Date Time Port Entry Starboard Entry Time Course Legs Start Gate 1 Gate 2 Gate 3 Gate 4 Gate 5 Gate 6 Gate 7 Finish
1

[8]

January 29 +2' 43" (+3,044 m) American Magic Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 26'42" C 8
-0'10"

-0'18"

-0'22"

-0'33"

-0'33"

-0'58"

-2'25"

-2'33"

-2'43"
2

[9]

26'57" Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli American Magic +3' 07" (+3,206 m) C 8
-0'07"

-0'17"

-0'22"

-0'25"

-0'37"

-1'06"

-1'53"

-1'43"

-3'07"
3

[10]

January 30 26’08” Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli American Magic +0'34" (+549 m) A 6
-0'00"

-0'13"

-0'22"

-0'41"

-0'20"

-0'41"
~ ~
-0'34"
4

[11]

+3'51" (+3,478 m) American Magic Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 23’30” A 6
-0'03"

-0'45"

-2'01"

-2'42"

-2'36"

-3'51"
~ ~
-3'51"
5 January 31
Cancelled
~ American Magic Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ~ Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli wins Series 4-0
6 ~ Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli American Magic ~
7 February 2
Cancelled
~ American Magic Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ~

Notes

  • American Magic set a new AC75 speed record of 53.3 knots during race 1, nevertheless Luna Rossa won both first-day races.[16]
  • During race 4, American Magic suffered mechanical failure, with the boat's starboard cant arm becoming temporarily stuck in the raised position several times, resulting in significant loss of time and penalties from boundary infringement.[17][18]

Finals

The Prada Cup Final determined the Challenger that will face the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2021 America's Cup, was raced from 13 to 21 February, 2021 in a best-of-13 series.[19] As the higher seed, Ineos Team UK chose to have Starboard gate position as their preferred starting mark. Coming into the finals, both teams were undefeated in the immedately proceeding series (the semi-finals for Italy, and the round-robins for the UK). Italy would eventually continue this streak by winning the first 5 of the finals races, and eventually the whole series 7-1.[20]

Races won
Team / Race number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Total
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 7
Ineos Team UK ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 1
Race Date Time Port Entry Starboard Entry Time Course Legs Start Gate 1 Gate 2 Gate 3 Gate 4 Gate 5 Finish
1
[12]
February 13 26' 27" Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK +1' 51" (+1,635 m) A 6
-0'54"

-1'20"

-1'36"

-1'54"

-1'57"

-2'03"

-1'51"
2
[13]
+0' 26" (+479m) Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 21' 44" A 6
-0'00"

-0'11"

-0'17"

-0'19"

-0'18"

-0'26"

-0'26"
3
[14]
February 14 +0' 13" (+186 m) Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 25' 40" E 6
-0'08"

-0'09"

-0'06"

-0'18"

-0'11"

-0'10"

-0'13"
4
[15]
25'01" Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK +0' 41" (+781m) E 6
-0'05"

-0'12"

-0'10"

-0'21"

-0'22"

-0'37"

-0'41"
5
[16]
February 20 28' 19" Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK +1'20" (+1,150 m) E 6
-0'00"

-0'15"

-0'20"

-0'58"

-1'01"

-1'19"

-1'20"
6
[17]
26' 20" Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli +0' 14" (+162 m) E 6
-0'01"

-0'08"

-0'21"

-0'18"

-0'32"

-0'09"

-0'14"
7
[18]
February 21 +1' 45" (1,335 m) Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 31' 53" A 6
-0'00"

-0'16"

-0'21"

-1'07"

-1'02"

-1'45"

-1'45"
8
[19]
30' 05" Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK +0' 56" (+730 m) A 6
-0'00"

-0'12"

-0'12"

-0'34"

-0'36"

-0'53"

-0'56"
9 February 22
Cancelled
~ Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK ~ Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli wins Series 7-1
10 ~ Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ~
11 February 23
Cancelled
~ Ineos Team UK Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ~
12 ~ Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK ~
13 February 24
Cancelled
~ Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Ineos Team UK ~

Notes

  • On February 14, after the conclusion of raceday 2 and with the score at 4-0 towards Italy, the New Zealand government announced that there would be in a "level 3" lockdown for at least 72 hours due to COVID-19 precautions across Auckland. This caused the postponement of raceday 3 (originally scheduled to be held on February 17)[21][22] although teams were permitted to sail during the lockdown.[23]
  • Following disagreements between the challenger of record (Luna Rossa) and the America's Cup authorities about how and when to proceed,[24] racing was agreed to resume on February 20 with raceday 3, with some restrictions to accommodate COVID19 Alert Level 2, and subsequent racedays shifted along the calendar by consequence.[25][26]
  • In race 8 Luna Rossa was penalised for crossing the starting line early and were required to drop 50m behind Ineos Team UK. Having served their penalty the Italian team retook the lead within the first leg of what became the final race of the series.[20]

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See also

References

  1. ^ "The Prada Cup". Americas Cup. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  2. ^ "America's Cup, ad Auckland la prima regata va a New Zealand, poi Luna Rossa si rifà" (in Italian). repubblica.it. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Luna Rossa è tornata in acqua per vincere" (in Italian). ilpost.it. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020. Dal 15 al 22 gennaio, sempre ad Auckland, si svolgerà la Prada Cup, la competizione un tempo conosciuta come Louis Vuitton Cup in cui Luna Rossa, American Magic e Ineos si contenderanno il diritto di andare a sfidare i neozelandesi tra il 6 e il 21 marzo nella vera e propria America’s Cup.
  4. ^ "Sailing: Monohulls confirmed for next America's Cup". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ The America's Cup class AC75 boat concept revealed, americascup.com, 2017-11-20
  6. ^ "Team New Zealand confirm they will strengthen nationality component for next America's Cup". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Team NZ promise new America's Cup boat will be 'the future of monohull sailing'". Stuff.
  8. ^ "Recap: America's Cup 2021 rules reveal". Stuff.
  9. ^ "AC36 Jury Case 01". Americas Cup.
  10. ^ "The Prada Cup". Americas Cup. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
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  13. ^ "INEOS TEAM UK jump to the PRADA CUP Final". Americas Cup. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  14. ^ "PRADA CUP – ROUND ROBINS 3 AND 4 REVISED SCHEDULE". Americas Cup. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
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  17. ^ "Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli go through to the PRADA Cup Final". www.sail-world.com. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
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  19. ^ "PRADA-CHRISTMAS-RACE-RACE-INFO". Americas Cup.
  20. ^ a b LSD (2021-02-21). "Prada Cup Final Day 4: Luna Rossa Crowned and Moves onto the America's Cup". Live Sail Die. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  21. ^ "America's Cup 2021: Prada Cup final postponed due to Auckland Covid-19 lockdown". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  22. ^ "America's Cup goes into three day COVID lockdown - no racing Wednesday". www.sail-world.com. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  23. ^ "America's Cup: Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa and INEOS Team UK permitted to train during Covid-19 lockdown". Stuff. 2021-02-15. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  24. ^ "CHALLENGER OF RECORD AMERICA'S CUP 36 ORGANIZER OF THE PRADA CUP CALLS FOR RESUMING RACING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE". www.americascup.com. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
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  26. ^ "America's Cup: Prada Cup final to resume this weekend as war of words turns nasty". Stuff. Retrieved 2021-02-18.

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