|Team New Zealand||Prada||Disaster on Leg 1 for Prada|
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Race 2 was to be a chance for Prada to show the true strength of the their challenge. However, after series of disasters on Leg 1 the race was essentially lost for Prada.
Prada entered the pre start with the starboard tack advantage. Team New Zealand helmsman Russell Coutts made an aggressive fast turn. This got him in a controlling position and for the rest of the start New Zealand dictated.
|Team New Zealand Skipper Russell Coutts: "We managed to get into a controlling position early in the start."|
Through this control Team New Zealand was able to have the right hand side at the gun. The wind was around 15 knots and contained considerable shifts.
|Torben Grael, Prada tactician: "Well, we were pretty happy with the speed and the way things were developing in the race."|
Around 10 minutes up the first leg it began to go seriously wrong for Prada. A crewman incurred a head wound smearing the top sides with blood. Prada's mid bowman was cut as he handed a kelp stick up from below. The kelp cutting hook at the end of the pole cut the crewman. Next something was caught on the keel winglets. After attempting to clear the obstruction with a kelp stick, the boat was stopped. Over the side went a man who dove to clear the keel.
A further 10 minutes later the race was all but over. Due to Prada's mishaps Team New Zealand posted a 2:19 lead.
From this point on it was one expensive parade of sail. Team New Zealand sailed to protect the lead. Prada generally followed meekly.
|Francesco de Angelis, Prada Skipper: "The race was a bad start. Then when we were on port we took something on the nose of the bulb and we tacked to see if it would come off. It didn't and then we had to stop."|
As New Zealand approached the finish they worried only about having enough room to down sail.
|Russell Coutts: "First off, there's no real A and B team in Team New Zealand any more. We have a squad of people and I think you're going to see some rotation of the crews throughout this series."|
Analysis: Team New Zealand is now 40% of the way to defense of the America's Cup. To mount a comeback Prada will quickly have to raise their level of sailing first to acceptable and then to one superior to New Zealand's beginning with the pre start of race 3.
|18 February||Race 1||Postponed|
|19 February||Race 1||NZL by 1:16, leads 1-0|
|20 February||Day Off|
|21 February||Race 2||NZL by 2:43 Leads 2-0|
|22 February||Day Off|
|23 February||Race 3|
|24 February||Day Off|
|25 February||Race 4|
|26 February||Race 5|
|27 February||Day Off|
|28 February||Race 6|
|29 February||Day Off|
|1 March||Race 7|
|2 March||Day Off|
|3 March||Race 8|
|4 March||Race 9|
|5 March||Day Off|
|7 March||Day Off|