Louis Vuitton Cup
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.
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.
Louis Vuitton is paying the America’s Cup $3 million less than originally agreed to sponsor the challenger trials for sailing’s marquee regatta because only three teams are entered.
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.
Thousands were on hand to kick off the world renowned sailing event, taking place in the Bay Area for the first time.
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.
An international jury of sailing experts may be asked to settle a major dispute between two America’s Cup teams.
The organizers of the America’s Cup are refunding grandstand tickets for this summer’s initial races of the America’s Cup Challenger Series.