Third Louis Vuitton Cup win for Italian team Luna Rossa puts them in touching distance of final
One more victory would see them through to the final where Emirates Team New Zealand await
A third consecutive win in the Louis Vuitton Cup eliminations trials for the America’s Cup put the Prada-backed Italian team Luna Rossa within one victory of meeting Emirates Team New Zealand in the final later this month.
The Palermo-based Italians beat Sweden’s Artemis Racing by a minute and 18 seconds with both boats showing steady improvement in the way they handle the 72-foot wing-powered catamarans. The Swedes were pleased with their day’s work; the Italians, with Britain’s Chris Draper at the helm, looked more comfortable.
The fourth race in the best of seven on San Francisco Bay is scheduled for Saturday evening, UK time. It could prove to be a farewell lap of honour for the Swedes, skippered by double gold and silver Olympic medallist Iain Percy, who have had to recover from the destruction of their earlier boat in a training accident that killed Percy’s Olympic partner, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson.
The winner of the Louis Vuitton final meets the American defender Oracle in a best of 17 starting on 7 September.
In Chicago, reigning world match racing champion Ian Williams scored 9 wins to two losses in the fourth round, of six, in the Alpari championship. Both the quarter and semi-finals should be completed.
Williams and his Team GAC Pindar lead the 2013 series as he seeks a record fifth world title. The remaining two regattas are in Bermuda and, scoring double points, Malaysia.
Life was more difficult for Britain’s 470 dinghy squad at the world championship in La Rochelle. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, racing together after a 10-month lay-off, have failed to make the cut for the medal race decider on Saturday and while Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre, daughter of 1988 gold medallist Mike, will contest the final their fifth place is 10 points from making even the bronze medal position.
There are just eight boats in the men’s final with Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield, once third overall, 13 points away from a medal.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester City paid the price for not dealing with Barcelona's Sergio Busquets
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
Paul Scholes: Jose Mourinho's attempt to influence football's decision-makers is not working. In fact, it may have backfired
Piers Morgan 'hurt' after Arsenal legend Bob Wilson questions his support for the Gunners and labels him a 'pompous individual'
Brooklyn Beckham to be released: Why Arsenal could regret letting David Beckham's son depart
- 1 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit