The Americas Cup: Report from Naples
April 13th, 2012
America’s Cup World Series Naples first day of championship racing got underway this week. It is clear this is an event at another level. From the spectacular opening ceremony, to the Easter Weekend crowds, to a thrilling first day of racing in strong wind and big waves, everything about the Naples experience is ‘più intense’.
The racing has never been more competitive. The addition of the two Luna Rossa crews has ratcheted up the intensity level on the race course. Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand and Jimmy Spithill’s Oracle Racing, separated by just one point on the 2011-12 AC World Series leaderboard, resumed battle on day one in Naples, and not surprisingly, neither team would give an inch. After two races, both have posted one-three on their scorecard to lead the fleet.