While all the fuss at the America's Cup Village on Thursday was over the decision of an international jury regarding safety recommendations by race director Iain Murray, Luna Rossa Challenge was on the water, earning its first point of the Louis Vuitton Cup in an uncontested race around the course.
Luna Rossa was scheduled to face Artemis Racing, who sat out the race while making repairs to its AC72 following an accident in May. Artemis Racing is not expected to be ready to race for at least another week or two.
As a result, Luna Rossa found itself alone on the water, just as Emirates Team New Zealand did for the event's first two races. New Zealand raced solo on Sunday while Luna Rossa sat out in protest while awaiting the jury decision, and again on Tuesday, when the team was scheduled to face Artemis.
On Thursday, helmsman Chris Draper guided the Luna Rossa around the 12.07-nautical-mile course in 28 minutes, 58 seconds.
“Today was pretty light and puffy, but I'm sure we can do a better job,” skipper Max Sirena said.
Saturday should offer the first taste of real competition, as New Zealand and Luna Rossa are scheduled to face off at 12:15 p.m. The round-robin schedule runs through Aug. 1 before the semifinals begin Aug. 6.