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Prada Cup Finals: A Game of King of the Mountain

Luna Rossa and Ineos Team UK engage in the pre-start of a Prada Cup round-robin match.

Luna Rossa and Ineos Team UK engage in the pre-start of a Prada Cup round-robin match. (Carlo Borlenghi/ACEA/)

“The game is moving fast,” says American Magic coach, James Lyne, who’s still in Auckland and will remain so to see how the Prada Cup Finals play out. Declining my offer to wager which of the Prada Cup finalists he thinks has the goods to keep marching to the 36th America’s Cup, Lyne does, however, offer this perspective: If it’s sub-10 knots, Luna Rossa will be strong because they take off earlier. So, Luna Rossa’s pre-start game will be to get in tight to leeward and try to get Ineos off their foils.”

If either Jimmy Spithill or Francesco Bruni can hold Ineos in displacement mode and then be able to pull the trigger and take off sooner, it could end up a game of follow the leader. “That’s the name of the game when you think you have a takeoff advantage,” Lyne says…

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