As required by event protocol both of the challengers have declared which of their two boats they will sail in the upcoming challenger finals. America One will sail the second of their two boats, USA 61. Conversely Prada will sail the first of their two boats ITA 45.
ITA 45 is the most successful boat of this event, with a 19-1 record in the first two round robins, followed by a 7-3 mark in the semi finals. USA 61 was the last of this years boats to begin racing, going 8-2 in the semifinals with two wins over Prada and ITA 45.
After taking a couple of days of both challengers plus the defenders are on the water with both of their boats. Two boat tesing is the order of the day.
Next up will be the unveiling of boat underbodies on Friday. First will be Team New Zealand @ 1230, then Prada @ 1800 and finally America One @ 1900. For the first time the public will see the design details of the yacht's rudders and keels.
Once all the preliminaries are complete Ameria One and Prada will begin a race to 5 victories on 25 January.
Key West Day 3 Report
In the IMS Class the CM 60 Hi Fling postded a 1st and a 2nd to strengthen their lead. They are now 10 points of the Farr 52 Scream which had no top 3's on day 3. Tied for third is the other CM 60 Rima which won the day's 2nd race.
Chessie Racing has opened up a 4 point lead in the PHRF class winning 4 races in a row. Trailing by 4 and 9 points respectively are a pair of Farr designs.
In the ever competive Farr 40 class Atlanti has opened up a 7 point lead. Atlanti placed 1st and 2nd yesterday to help her cause. 2nd is Raging Bull with Vincenzo Onorato's boat 3rd.
Tabasco used a 2nd place in race 4 to take the lead in the 1D 35 class. Her lead is 4 points over Roxanne and 5 over Smiling Bulldog which was 3rd in race 5.
Turbo Duck sailed strong winning the first race of the day and finishing 3rd in race 5. This puts Turbo in the Mumm 30 lead by 8 points. VilledeSt-Raphael from France is 2nd with Trouble 3rd.
Full Throttle sailed a strong 1st race finishing 2nd and is now the Melges 24 leader. 3 points back is Zenda Express with a 3rd and a 4th on day 3. 3rd is Rock N' Roll with 27 points. Star of the Melges 24 class was White Loaf which won both races and sits 5th.
After two days of light air, today looks like the day that the breeze returns. Already at 0600 Key West showed winds of 13 knots from the South West.
Cape to Rio
Latest reports show Zephyrus IV 255 miles from the finish in Rio. Her estimated finish time is around midnite Friday. Such a finish would ensure the Reichel Pugh Maxi the race record by around 24 hours.
Sagamore is 119 miles back.
Sailing Daily # 130 will have a complete report on the finish.