Publish date:

This Weekend: Prada Cup Finals


The Prada Cup finals kick off this weekend as Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and INEOS Team UK face off for a chance at the America's Cup. Racing is scheduled for Feb 13-22. Whichever team wins the final will go on to race Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup, beginning in early March.

Two updates to the rules have been announced ahead of this weekend's racing. The upper wind limit will remain at 21 knots, striking an earlier rule that it would be increased to 23 knots for the final. Also, each team will be allowed to request a 15-minute delay to the start of the racing once in the series, as was the case during a portion of the round-robin section of the Prada Cup.

The Brits are a surprising favorite going into the finals. They struggled with boat speed in pre-Prada Cup races and came in last in the America's Cup World Series, however they managed to secure a spot in the finals early on by winning the round-robin section of the Prada Cup.

The Americans had looked strong in the America's Cup World Series but never recovered after a capsize early on in the Prada Cup. They took the remainder of the round-robin off to make repairs but were eliminated by Italy's Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in the semi-final. Benefitting from the bonus practice of several extra races during the semi-final, the underdog Italians hope to improve their record against INEOS Team UK. The two teams are already well acquainted with each other, as the Prada Cup has been primarily sailed between just the two of them, with "ghost" races replacing those that would have been against American Magic.

For more, go to

February 2021



Mirabaud Voting Open to the Public

Photos from the industry's top photographers are in, and the 12th annual Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image competition is underway. An international panel of judges has selected this year's 80 finalists, which have been published online. The panel will also select the winner of the more


Annapolis’ Boat Show is Back

After a year off in 2020, the United States Boat Show in Annapolis is back. From the diminutive Areys Pond Cat 14 XFC to the massive Lagoon Sixty 5, many of the SAIL’s 2022 Best Boats Nominees are on display for the public to get a firsthand look at, and SAIL’s Best Boats panel more


Close-Hauled to Hawaii

The saying “Nothing goes to windward like a 747,” is one of my favorites. I actually once took a 747 upwind, retracing my earlier downwind sailing route across the Pacific. I’ve also done a fair bit of ocean sailing to windward. The 747 was a lot more comfortable. But then more


Refurbishing Shirley Rose: Part 3

If you missed the first installment, click here. The hull and deck of Shirley Rose had been repaired, but what kind of sailboat would she be without a sturdy rig? I was told she was ready to sail, and that the owner replaced the standing rigging a few years before. Shirley Rose more


Mini Transat: Bouroullec and Fink Win Leg One

The Mini Transat is a roughly 4000-mile course that comprises two legs— Les Sables D’Olonne, France to Santa Cruz de La Palma in the Canaries, and Santa Cruz de La Palma to the French Caribbean island Guadeloupe. Two fleets of Mini 6.50s compete—the Production class in more


Book Excerpt: Taken By The Wind

In 1975, as a senior at Harvard, the question for Chicago-area sailor Mike Jacker became what to do next. The answer, as related in his new book Taken by the Wind, was to make a small-boat voyage to Tahiti with his grade-school friend Louis Gordon and Harvard classmate Clark more

Maserati _Arthur Daniel

The RORC Caribbean 600 is Back

With a start planned for February 21 in Antigua, the famed 600-mile Caribbean race is back. The course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean islands starting from English Harbour, Antigua, and heading north to St Maarten and south to Guadeloupe, passing Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and more


The Ocean Race Europe

The fully crewed, round-the-world Ocean Race has experienced tremendous change over the years. From the 1993 transition to a one-design fleet to an ever-shifting route, what began as the amateur Whitbread Round the World Yacht Regatta in 1972 is a very different race today. The more