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Auckland, New Zealand (18 December 2020) – Four match races were held on the second day of the PRADA American Cup World Cup Series (ACWS) on race course C, their favorite playing field as it brings the race to heart of Waitematā Harbor, with its rolling and puffy Northwest gusts between 10 to 14 nautical miles.

On the new ranking list the American Magic Team and Emirates New York Yacht Club New Zealand have linked with three winners each. Opponent Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (2 points) and INEOS TEAM UK (0 points) continue in third and fourth positions respectively.

Race 5 – Italy beat USA by 0:12.
The race was still tight but Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailed a confident and clean race to secure the win over the New York Yacht Club American Magic. This is Italy’s first win in a race where both boats are ready. – Full report

Race 6 – New Zealand beat Britain by 1:32
There were early signs that some shipwreck was ahead beforehand and INEOS TEAM UK (GBR) attempted to impose a penalty on the Emirates of New Zealand (NZL) Team seconds before they started. The third and final lap delivered no more in a dramatic way and saw the Kiwis extend their lead to the finish. – Full report

Race 7 – USA beat Italy by 0:30
The return match between American Magic (USA) and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (ITA) was the third race of the day. With high confidence, American Magic gathered to victory. – Full report

Race 8 – New Zealand beat Britain by 1:42
In the final race of the day a second sparring of the day took place between INEOS Team UK (GBR) and Team Emirates New Zealand (NZL). Before the final leg death was thrown and the Kiwis got the win, another win for the home team, but two races ended for Sir Ben Ainslie after some difficult days. – Full report

The ACWS starts tomorrow at 3:00 pm NZT weather permitting, with exact start times published each racing day on Prices will be awarded on the main stage on Te Wero Island an hour after racing. The ACWS is December 17-19, with the final result to test the original pairs for a two-stage Christmas Race on December 20th.

America Cup details – details Dec 17-20 – Results – YouTube – Time lapse

U.S. viewers can watch all races live on NBC Sports Gold. NBC Sports Network and carry most of the racing live or with time delays, and all races will be available on replay (see table). International viewers can watch live and replayed races through the America Cup website and the America Cup YouTube channel (see details).

36th American Cup
In addition to Italian, US, and British Challenges accepted during the initial entry period (January 1 to June 30, 2018), an additional eight Challenge Notices were received prior to the late entry date of November 30, 2018. Of those, eight applications were accepted, entries from Malta, USA and Holland. Here is the list:

• Emirates New Zealand (NZL) Team

• Luna Rossa (ITA) – Record opponent
• American Magic (USA)
• Altus Malta Challenge (MLT) – TO BE ABLE
• Stars + Stripes USA (USA) Team – TO BE ABLE
• DutchSail (NED) – TO BE ABLE

Central America Cup Dates:
✔ September 28, 2017: 36th American Cup Protocol released
✔ November 30, 2017: AC75 class concepts released to key stakeholders
✔ January 1, 2018: entries for open opposition
✔ March 31, 2018: Class AC75 Rule published
✔ June 30, 2018: Entries for opponents close
✔ August 31, 2018: American Cup Match and PRADA Cup match confirmed
✔ August 31, 2018: Special race track area confirmed
✔ November 30, 2018: Deadline for late applications
✔ March 31, 2019: Boat 1 can be launched (HYMN)
✔ 2nd half of 2019: 2 x American World Cup Series events (RETURNED)
✔ October 1, 2019: US $ 1million late entry fee date (NO INFORMATION)
✔ February 1, 2020: Boat 2 can be launched (HYMN)
✔ April 23-26, 2020: First (1/3) American Cup World Series event in Cagliari, Sardinia (RETURNED)
✔ June 4-7, 2020: The second (2/3) American Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, England (RETURNED)
• December 17-20, 2020: The third (3/3) American World Cup Series event in Auckland, New Zealand
• January 15 – February 22, 2021: PRADA Cup Selection Series
• March 6-15, 2021: American Cup Match

American Youth Cup Competition (RETURNED)
• February 18-23, 2021
• March 1-5, 2021
• March 8-12, 2021

AC75 launch dates:
September 6, 2019 – Emirates New Zealand (NZL) Team, Boat 1
September 10, 2019 – American Magic (USA), Boat 1; earlier start date but has not been released
October 2, 2019 – Luna Rossa (ITA), Boat 1
October 4, 2019 – INEOS Team UK (GBR), Boat 1
16 October 2020 – American Magic (USA), Boat 2
17 October 2020 – UK INEOS Team (GBR), Boat 2
20 October 2020 – Luna Rossa (ITA), Boat 2
November 19, 2020 – Emirates New Zealand (NZL) Team, Boat 2