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Team New Zealand Scores Another America’s Cup Point In Solo ‘Race’

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Emirates Team New Zealand sails their AC-72 Racing Yacht past Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Harbor during the America's Cup in San Francisco, California on July, 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Emirates Team New Zealand sails their AC-72 Racing Yacht past Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Harbor during the America’s Cup in San Francisco, California on July, 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – Emirates Team New Zealand on Sunday scored its fourth point in as many matches in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, according to race officials.

New Zealand was racing unopposed as its scheduled opponent, Artemis Racing, is still repairing its AC72, which is expected to be ready next weekend.

The vessel was damaged in a deadly accident that occurred during a practice run on May 9. The boat capsized, killing British sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailed Sunday’s race in 25 minutes, 56 seconds, traveling a total of nearly 11 and a half nautical miles.

The winning team reached a top speed of just shy of 47 mph.

Looking ahead, Artemis Racing is scheduled to race against Luna Rossa Challenge on Tuesday and Saturday, and against Emirates Team New Zealand on Thursday. Because Artemis’ boat is still undergoing repairs, Luna Rossa may race alone on Tuesday.

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge sail against one another Sunday.

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