Tim Jeffery in Trapani


 
The Daily Telegraph's yachting correspondent shares his views on the America's Cup - Italian style
Gauge the vox pop in Trapani and the near universal sentiment would be let's keep America's Cup racing here: The town is terrific. Local interest runs high. Gear failures and a man overboard mean there's been plenty of action in the races while Saturday's BMW Oracle versus Emirates Team New Zealand match was as climatic as the memorable 1992 America v Il Moro di Venezia or AmericaOne v Prada clashes from 2000. All this is taking place not just at the toe of Italy, but one of the last toeholds of Europe on its southern flank. It was little more than a month ago that the Cup was at Europe's northern edge, in Malmo, Sweden, and the contrast between the restrained Scandinavian support and the sheer exuberance of the Latin spirit could not be greater. Want to know when an Italian boat is round a mark or crossing the finish line? Strain your ears and you might just hear the horns and cheers for Luna Rosa, +39 or Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team from where you are. As an evangelical exercise, taking the Cup to different locations and cultures has been a terrific success. Adding extra hours to the school day before the Louis Vuitton Acts 8 and 9 so that children could take time off during the racing and 20,000 people in the Cup village are emblematic of just how wholeheartedly the Tranpanese have embraced the America's Cup. Each day, a handful of members from each team has been put on the stage, with the microphone handed around the public for an open-house Q & A session. Neat. At the weekend, spectator boats numbered more than a hundred. None bigger than the new Moby Lines ferry owned by Vincenzo Onorato who brought guests down from Rome to watch Capitalia Mascalzone Latino race. Sicily is an ancient

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