SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Two sailing powerhouses that have spent the summer trading verbal jabs are finally set to meet in the ultimate grudge match — the America’s Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italy’s Luna Rossa again Sunday, capturing the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series 7-1 and advancing to the premier event against defending champion and bitter rival Oracle Team USA.
The best-of-17 America’s Cup starts Sept 7.
The Kiwis crushed the conditions and the competition in the challenger finals. The closest margin was 1 minute, 28 seconds, and Luna Rossa’s lone win came when Team New Zealand dropped out because the electronics system that controls the hydraulics of its catamaran failed.