Coutts still unbeaten
Russell Coutts scored two wins in the same number of regattas over Paolo Cian and Italian Challenge. Both were gripping and fiercely fought races in which the Neapolitan helmsman caused problems more than once for the America's Cup legend.
Today saw a double race, with a victory going to each, between Toscana Challenge (Roberto Ferrarese) and Mascalzone Latino (with Vasco Vascotto at the helm today), while in the race between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, victory went to the Kiwis who finished ahead by 20 seconds.
The overall results at present show Team Russell Coutts leading, still unbeaten with five victories in the same number of race. Luna Rossa follows with five victories out of seven races, Italian Challenge has four victories out of eight race, Team New Zealand has three victories out of five, Mascalzone Latino two out of five and at the bottom is Toscana Challenge with only one victory in six races.
"A win at last", said rear marker Roberto Ferrarese on coming ashore, "after the bad luck we had against Coutts where we failed to win by only half a boat length, and against Spithill (Luna Rossa). We raced very well in the first contest and in this very entertaining event there is room for many races in an evocative setting. Speaking of the future, I had a conversation today with Gualtiero Pantani (Toscana Challenge's owner) who is collecting the necessary finance to enrol for the next America Cup and the prospects are very good."
The last qualifiation rounds (Round Robin) will begin at midday tomorrow, while the semi finals will be held on Saturday and finals on Sunday morning.