Well, over the weekend we finally saw two AC72s line up against each other in a real race. But it wasn’t much of a race. I am one of a lonely group that actually enjoyed IACC monohull racing, with its tight pre-starts, close combat, and subtle tactics. So I worried that as cool and speedy as the AC72s might be, the racing would actually suffer because it was hard to imagine a pre-start involving dial-ups and intense boat on boat action. And if the AC33 was any indicator, the boats were unlikely to be close out on the race course either.
Well the ETNZ vs. Luna Rossa match did nothing to make me think otherwise. ETNZ slipped under Luna Rossa in the pre-start (see that big moment in the photo above), held them up until the start gun fired, and then took off around the race course, leaving TV cameras and photographers struggling to make the match look close. Two very evenly matched AC72s might deliver an exciting race. But for now, see for yourself: