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Racing Against Nobody, New Zealand Gets Points In America’s Cup Regatta

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Emirates Team New Zealand in action on San Francisco Bay.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Emirates Team New Zealand in action on San Francisco Bay. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — This was supposed to be the most eye-popping America’s Cup ever.

Sleek, space-age catamarans capable of sailing three times the speed of the wind would race on San Francisco Bay against a stunning backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the Transamerica pyramid.

But then British sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed in a capsize on a training run that shattered Artemis Racing’s first boat two months ago, and suddenly it didn’t seem quite as much fun anymore.

The Italian syndicate didn’t sail against Emirates Team New Zealand this week in the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers series, allowing New Zealand to earn two points in the regatta racing against nobody.

That leaves Simpson’s teammates shaking their heads.

The Italians have a boat and won’t sail.

Swedish-based Artemis desperately wants to sail, but its new boat is still a few weeks from being ready for sea trials.

(Copyright 2013 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

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