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In Christmas there will be the Prada Christmas Race

The first act before the America's Cup 2021

In Christmas there will be the Prada Christmas Race The first act before the America's Cup 2021

Before the start of the America's Cup in Auckland in March 2021, the Prada Christmas Race will take place from 17 to 20 December: it will be a sailing competition that will anticipate the Prada Cup, scheduled for January 2021. The regatta will see as a challenger the participation of the Italian team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, INEOS TEAM UK of the New York Yacht Club American Magic and the defender Emirates Team New Zealand, who will compete for four days at Waitemata Harbour de in the Gulf of Hauraki, the latter known as the 'Jewel of the Auckland Crown'. It will also be an opportunity to see the final hulls of each team, each ready with different news. 


The competition is divided into two stages: one for the first three days - from 17 to 19, preliminary - and another for the last, the 20, when the tournament ends. The first match will be a few minutes after 15:00 between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, the second American Magic pairing against INEOS TEAM UK. For the first three days of the Prada Christmas Race in Auckland there will be four races a day so all four teams will face the others alternately (Round Robin), and therefore, all will compete twice a day. The second and final stage, that is, the fourth day (20 December), will have two knockout stages: the first stage consists of two one-on-one, whose winners will go to the final, while the losers will compete for third and fourth place. The pairing of the Prada Christmas Cup semi-finals will be decided on the basis of the results of the first tranche of matches.

The America's Cup is back in Auckland after seventeen years - the last time was in 2003 - and, as mentioned, it will be preceded by the Prada Cup, the knockout stage to decide the final challenger that will challenge the defender Emirates Team New Zealand. Meanwhile, both Prada - which sponsors the Italian team and the Prada Cup - and North Sails - a brand born for sailing outfits - have released respectively the official merchandising of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team and the collection for the March competition.  The America's Cup is a historic event - the first race in 1851 - that over the decades has created its own aesthetic. The main sponsor Prada produces collections every year only for the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team and are items with an important heritage, which have become authentic luxury items - for price, but also for prestige. The return of the America's Cup after four years is also the return of a certain type of sports outfit, where elegance and technology, comfort and athleticism meet each other.