Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Americas Cup - Prada Team Cheered On By Pavarotti


Italy's Prada Americas Cup challenger team has won its tenth match of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Round Robin. Prada beat the French yacht Le Défi by 3 minutes 49 seconds.

The win followed a cheer session between the crew of Luna Rossa and world acclaimed tenor, Luciano Pavarotti.

Pavarotti visited the Prada operations base and followed the preparation of the boat before the morning tow out to the race course.

The race was fought in heavy chop on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. Francesco de Angelis, skipper and helmsman of Prada's winning yacht, Luna Rossa, crossed the start line at the pin end a few inches from the mark, while Bertrand Pace, Le Défi's skipper, sailed over him at windward.

The two boats, both pitching heavily, sailed together for a few minutes, with de Angelis trying to clear himself from the difficult leeward position.

Luna Rossa managed to get into clear air and edged forward, whilst Pace was forced to tack away. At the first cross de Angelis was leading by about three lengths and he rounded the mark 1 minute 25 seconds ahead of the French. Luna Rossa kept the lead throughout the rest of the race, eventually winning by 3 minutes 49 seconds.

Nippon Challenge and America True sailed a very close and exciting race, with the Americans collecting two penalties in the pre-start and having to complete the first turn immediately; Nippon kept the lead of the race until the last beat upwind when John Cutler, helmsman of America True, sailed left and overtook his rival. In the final downwind leg the two boats fought a close and exciting luffing duel with Cutler inflicting freeing himself from the second penalty turn by inflicting one to the Japanese. America True won the race by 12 seconds.

AmericaOne won over Young Australia 2000, whilst Young America, racing against Team Dennis Conner, asked the Race Committee for a postponement to fix some technical problem on the mast. After signalling they were ready to sail again, Young America crossed the start without the mainsail and retired from the race. Yesterday Young America had already asked for a postponement of their race but the Race Committee did not grant it; as a consequence Baird protested the Committee and was granted by the International Jury a redress of 1 point.
The Swiss of FAST2000 were not racing today because they cracked the carbon fin of the aft keel yesterday; the team will not be racing tomorrow either.
Tomorrow Luna Rossa will race against Abracadabra 2000.

THE RACING TODAY - RACE 10 of Round Robin two
1st Match AmericaOne wins against Young Australia (5 minutes 39 seconds)
2nd Match Prada Challenge wins against Le Défi (3 minutes 49 seconds)
3rd Match America True wins against Nippon Challenge (12 seconds)
4th Match Spanish Challenge wins against FAST 2000 (FAST2000 not racing)
5th Match Team Dennis Conner wins over Young America (Young America retires)
NOT RACING Abracadabra 2000

42 pts - ITA 45 (Luna Rossa)
34 pts - USA 51 (America True)
28,5 pts - USA 55 (Stars & Stripes)
28 pts - USA 49 (AmericaOne)*
25 pts - USA 53 (Young America)*
21,5 pts - JPN 44 (Asura)*
17 pts - ESP 47 (Bravo Espana)*
14 pts - FRA 46 (6eme Sens)
12 pts - USA 54 (Abracadabra 2000)
9 pts - AUS 31 (Young Australia 2000)*
8 pts - SUI 59 (be hAPpy)
*Have sailed one race less.

The system developing over the Tasman Sea will cross the Auckland region overnight.
N-NE winds, 16-22 knots. The wind will increase a few knots ahead of rain than drop off during and after rain. NE swell 1.5-2.0 metres; sea becoming rough late in the afternoon.

THE RACING TODAY - RACE 11 of Round Robin two
1st Match Nippon Challenge vs FAST 2000
2nd Match Abracadabra 2000 vs Prada Challenge
3rd Match America True vs Spanish Challenge
4th Match Young America vs AmericaOne
5th Match Young Australia vs Team Dennis Conner

SW wind 15 knots increasing to 20 in the afternoon. Cloudy with showers.

Windward-leeward format, 18.5 nautical miles; six legs, three upwind and three downwind; the first and the last legs are 3.25 miles long, the others 3.00 miles.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>


Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>


Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>


Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>


Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>


Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>


Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>


Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>





InfoPages News Channels