- May 17, 2004
Good point. I rewatched the stern cam footage from Luna Rossa where you can hear the crew talk without the commentator overlay. There was lots of discussion coming into that decision about which way would be favored. Sounded like Spithill expected to cross and continue right, but Bruni said to protect the left, and they made that decision at the last moment. After the tack they both sounded a little frustrated by both the the light spot that they had to sail through and the header. By the time they made the last tack to the mark things were pretty quiet.Interesting how this played out today/yesterday in the AC. In leg 5 Luna Rossa tacked left to cover forcing the Kiwi's to split into a knocked beat but the wind continued to shift right and the Kiwi's gained a huge amount of race course due to the leverage. It was a risk vs reward situation but the Kiwi's who benefitted didn't really take a conscious risk they just had to respond to the actions of the other team who were limiting their own risk by covering.