Skipper Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand completed a pair of near-flawless races Wednesday, overpowering Italy’s Luna Rossa to take a 4-1 lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.
The final of the America’s Cup challenger series has had more failing than foiling. Emirates Team New Zealand sailed away with another win because of a mechanical failure to Italy’s Luna Rossa, taking a 2-1 lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals Monday.
Emirates Team New Zealand fell out of the second race of the series because of a mechanical problem Sunday, handing Italy’s Luna Rossa a victory that evened the Louis Vuitton Cup finals at one apiece.
The America’s Cup Measurement Committee has admitted it made a mistake and that one of the three prototype boats owned by defending champion Oracle Team USA was not illegally modified during warm-up regattas last year.
Skipper Max Sirena of Italy’s Luna Rossa is the latest America’s Cup competitor to accuse defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating in what potentially could be one of the biggest scandals in the regatta’s 162-year history.
The new, cutting-edge America’s Cup boats are not without criticism and Oracle’s Larry Ellison defends what some call risky engineering and sailing tactics, explaining, “It has to be a little bit risky.”
The head of America’s Cup challenger Emirates Team New Zealand has accused defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating in the latest controversy in sailing’s premier regatta. “You can’t actually get to any other point than the fact they were cheating,” he said.
A Sweden-based sailing team that was hit with a tragic loss earlier this year was eliminated over the weekend in the challenger series for the America’s Cup, but bowed out gracefully in a display of sportsmanship that has been a hallmark of the team’s return to the water.
Italy’s Luna Rossa is one victory away from advancing to the America’s Cup challenger finals and another go-round with powerhouse Emirates Team New Zealand.
America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA forfeited its overall championships from the first two seasons of the America’s Cup World Series on Thursday after it was determined that its yachts were modified without the permission of the Measurement Committee.