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36th America’s Cup: Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team ‘relieved’ after first PRADA Cup semi-final wins

The PRADA Cup semi-final continues on Saturday, live on Sky Sports from 2am, repeated at 9am. The semi-final is a first to four points contest, with the winner taking on INEOS TEAM UK in the PRADA Cup final, which starts on February 13

Francesco Bruni, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team’s co-helmsman, said his team felt a “big relief” after winning the first two races in the PRADA Cup semi-final on Friday.

Last weekend, the Italians missed out on going directly through to the PRADA Cup final after losing an intense race against INEOS TEAM UK.

The contest, which the Italians needed to win to force another race in the PRADA Cup Round Robins, saw the lead change nine times. It was a fierce battle of wills, but one that left Bruni and his sailing team ruing some costly errors out on the water.

A little less than a week on, after two cleaner and more consistent races against the American challengers, Bruni shared that the Italian team were feeling more positive about their work. The communication on board was much smoother and despite the challenging conditions on the course, the team came together and shone.

“It was a big relief for the team because we were coming from a period that was not great; the last races that we sailed, we lost,” he said. “We lost in a close combat, but we lost, and that’s never a good feeling.

“We knew that we could have won those races, but we didn’t put the points on the board. I think that it was a big relief for the team, knowing that we can do a lot better than we did last weekend.


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