Finally, Prada Cup Semifinal is here. The United States will race against Italy on January 29th at The Prada Cup semifinal. Tomorrow the game changes – win or go home. It’s tough, but it’s the harsh reality and all three challengers know it.
What is Prada Cup?
The Prada Cup (also known as Americas Cup) is the oldest trophy in international sailing sport, dating back to 1851. It’s so old it’s known as “Auld Mug”. It’s sailing, but super-charged.
No British team has yet won it over the course of all those 170 years… a stat Ineos Team UK, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, would dearly love to correct in Auckland, New Zealand over the next few months.
When is the Prada Cup Semifinal Between the USA vs Italy?
The Prada Cup semi-final between the United States and Italy will be taking place between 0300 and 0500 GMT on 29th January.
The 36th America’s Cup match started on March 6-15 but there is plenty of racing left before that in the Prada Cup final, which includes Great Britain, running from Feb 13-Feb 22.
What’s the format of Prada Cup?
- To win America’s Cup, first, you have to win the Prada Cup.
- The three challengers – Britain, the United States and Italy – battle each other for the right to face defenders New Zealand in the 36th Cup match in March.
- The Prada Cup format is initially round robin. Each team faces each other four times.
- The winner of the round-robin automatically qualifies for the Prada Cup final. Good news for British sailing fans… Ineos Team UK did exactly that!
- The 2nd and 3rd place teams, so the United States and Italy, now face off in a semi-final (first to four race wins), with the winner of that taking on Great Britain in the Prada Cup final (first to seven race wins)
- The winner of that final then takes on defenders New Zealand in the America’s Cup match (also first to seven race wins)
How to Watch Prada Cup Live Stream 2021 From Anywhere:
Every race of the America’s Cup series will be shown live on Sky Sports, normally Sky Sports Mix. The BBC will be also be showing the Prada Cup semi-final and final, as well as decisive race days during the America’s Cup match itself. The America’s Cup YouTube channel also has a live stream.
The official website will also provide Prada Cup live streaming including onboard camera footage, Virtual Eye graphics, behind-the-scenes storytelling and more for free without the need to download an app.
The event website explains how to watch on screens, with the American Magic team telling U.S. viewers they can choose to watch America’s Cup racing on television via the NBC Sports Network, streaming on www.nbcsports.com (with cable subscription), or streaming via the NBC Sports Gold America’s Cup Pass.
The racing is also available on http://americascup.virtualeye.tv/ (graphics only – but still very cool and better than the real thing for analysis and to understand what happened – plus you control the camera angle, using either the numeral 1-9 keys on your keyboard or the camera icon in the lower left-hand side of your screen).
The event is free and open to the public, the Prada Cup live will bring the city to life with food and beverage, live performances. Every match and racing of the Prada Cup presented by PRADA will be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook and Americancup.com in almost every country around the world.
Prada Cup Full Schedule:
- Round robin: Jan 15-24 – (Completed with Great Britain finishing top)
- Semifinal: Jan 29-Feb 2 (United States vs Italy) – between 0200 and 0400 GMT
- Final: Feb 13-Feb 22 (Great Britain vs USA/Italy) – between 0300 and 0500 GMT
- March 6-15 (New Zealand vs winner of Prada Cup final)
Latest Odds of Prada Cup:
- Emirates Team New Zealand 9/10
- Ineos Team UK 17/10
- American Magic 10/1
- Luna Rossa Challenge 14/1
Win the Prada Cup Semifinal or go home:
The PRADA Cup semi-final was always going to be a tough match. Over the last few weeks, we have seen how competitive all three challengers are and how fast they are developing their boats and sailing techniques. What form guide there has been so far having seen big changes in just a few days.
No one expected any of it to be easy. Building a 100 strong team comprising the world’s leading experts doesn’t happen overnight. Creating a boat that fits within an ambitious and untried concept, but also one that can win, was a huge undertaking for all.
Even when everything is going well, a Cup campaign is a big ask, this one, with its huge technical challenges particularly so. But for American Magic, the road to this point has been especially tough.
Their spectacular capsize and near sinking saw the entire project go from boom to bust in a heartbeat. As PATRIOT was raised out of the water after being recovered the long ribbons of carbon tape that streamed away from a gaping hole the size and shape of an airliner’s cargo hold said it all. Getting back on the water would require a Herculean push and at this stage, it was unclear whether it was even possible.
Well, that was almost all about Prada Cup semifinal live stream online. There will be some surprises too. Hope you enjoy the sailing event.