Emirates Team New Zealand
Emirates Team New Zealand overcame the loss of their jib early in the race and routed Italy’s Luna Rossa on Sunday in just their second head-to-head matchup in the America’s Cup challenger series.
Emirates Team New Zealand set another top speed for America’s Cup 72-foot catamarans, hitting 44.15 knots, or 50.8 mph, Thursday on San Francisco Bay.
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.
The first real race of the America’s Cup challenger series was a runaway for Emirates Team New Zealand on Saturday even before it hit the starting line on San Francisco Bay.
This was supposed to be the most eye-popping America’s Cup ever. But 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 unchallenged.
The first sailing race in the America’s Cup regatta in San Francisco on Sunday will only have one team competing after the other team announced today that it will sit out the race because of a dispute over proposed rule changes.
The Kiwis are protesting a rule change that ostensibly was made for safety reasons following the death of British sailing star Andrew Simpson on May 9 when rival challenger Artemis Racing capsized.