Luna Rossa has managed only 1 point that came when Emirates Team New Zealand broke down. ETNZ has led at the first mark in every race. They have higher top speed, better angles upwind and down and they set the standard for crew work. Barring a massive calamity, there is no question that ETNZ will face Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Match.
There is a big question of who will win the America’s Cup.
The latest rumor says that Luna Rossa will make modifications to their boat to make it faster and continue to be a sparring partner for ETNZ. The modifications would not be legal for racing, but nothing prohibits them for training sessions. Clearly Luna Rossa will want to help ETNZ beat Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Match. Team owner Patrizio Bertelli has been very critical of the way OTUSA has run this America’s Cup.