Kiwis take 4-1 lead in Louis Vuitton finals
ITALY, Venice : Emirate Team New Zealand sail during an America Cup World Series (ACWS) racing match on Venice's lagoon on May 17, 2012. Team New Zealand have been in scintillating form in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals. SAN FRANCISCO - Perfect conditions and a pair of completed races finally showed what most had long expected in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals: the Team New Zealand is dominating the competition.
"Good, close racing there at times. It was always going to be hard to keep the racing close.
Good, close racing there at times. In the first races of the series without a mechanical failure, Emirates looked every bit like the boat to beat on sparkling San Francisco Bay.
Barker guided his crew ahead by the first mark both times, leaving the Luna Rossa crew and its silver sailing gear glistening from behind the rest of the way. The New Zealand entry won the first race by two minutes and 18 seconds and the second race by one minute and 28 seconds.
"We believe, and I think everyone understands that we believe, that we have a slower boat than them," Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena said. Only one boat finished the first three races of the challenger finals.
And officials had to call off the second race each of the first three days because of wind that exceeded the safety limit. With lighter wind and a blue sky, the latest competitions ended almost before they began.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at eNCASimilar Stories