While the sides were switched for Race 2 the prestart was a similar situation. Entering the start area again seemed to be a problem for both teams. Artemis had the Port side and the 10 second advantage but wasted it missing their ‘start’ by about 9 seconds. Lunna Rossa failed to capitalise missing their start time by 6 seconds.
This poor timing by Lunna Rossa gave Artemis helm Nathan Outteridge plenty of time to plan his ‘dial-down’ defence. The audio clearly shows how relaxed he is about it. If Lunna Rossa had pushed their advantage earlier they could have stalled Artemis in the entry box and won the start. Outteridge settled into the ‘controlled’ position clear ahead and to windward. Lunna Rossa was forced to follow even after a fairly innocuous call for a penalty was knocked back for port/starboard.
With 50 seconds to go Lunna Rossa took to windward, clear astern and then overlapped. Artemis could have pushed them upward above the pin but as the Gun went Outteridge and skipper Iain Percy started the downwind dash for the 1st Mark. In a brutal match race where things were not so risky or costly Artemis could have taken complete control of the start sequence. These boats don’t turn well to windward and as a result Artemis let Lunna Rossa off the leash.
Artemis should have learnt from yesterday that they would get rolled downwind if they didn’t maintain control of the Italian boat. At the first mark the brilliant footage of the wind shadow shows how easy it is for the 113 foot wings to bury the boat to leward.
For almost a hundred metres after the 1st mark Artemis was struggling with one hull in the water in dirty air whilst Lunna Rossa was up on foils scooting past them. Artermis were forced into a touch-down gybe – again not enough speed to foil through the gybe.
From there is was ‘almost’ plain sailing for the Italians as they led for every mark. In the shifting conditions Artemis were performing better when the boats were on the water, but when they were foiling the Italians were skipping ahead. Again the foiling gybes were letting Artemis down. The effect of the early generation foils seems to be the cause of this.