It rained hard all morning in Newport. In the afternoon the weather cleared somewhat, and the wind was up. Yesterday there were hundreds of boats on the bay, but today it belonged to Luna Rossa. With winds around 20 knots, the two Italian boats put on a thrilling show that was enjoyed by the spectators gathered on the shore line.
It’s the most exciting day yet here at Fort Adams. Despite the brutal heat and humidity, three AC45s decided to take their first sail in the bay this afternoon. Both Luna Rossa boats, Piranha and Swordfish, were out, as was the Emirates Team New Zealand boat. ETNZ skipper Dean Barker made some new fans by sailing right into the Sail Newport 420 youth fleet. The kids were thrilled. Later in the afternoon, the Team Korea boat was hoisted into the water for the first time. Photos by Ken Shane.
It’s the third day of work on the America’s Cup World Series Newport race village at Fort Adams. Despite the rain that continued through the day, work was going on full bore. Trucks were lined up waiting to deliver their containers, while forklifts moved the unloaded containers to their designated spots in the village. It’s really beginning to take shape, as you can see from the photos.
Daniel Forster’s image of the Artemis Racing AC45 on Narragansett Bay yesterday. With all due respect to all of the other great photographers working on this event, this may be the most beautiful image we’ve seen so far.