A New Zealand team suffered a breakdown during the America’s Cup Sunday but still sailed to victory over its Italian competitor, race officials said.
Emirates Team New Zealand had a clip fail on a sail during the third of seven legs in Sunday’s race against Luna Rossa Challenge, race officials said.
The crew took around three minutes to detach the sail and throw it overboard for retrieval by the team’s chase boat, before sailing on with only the 131-foot tall wing foot sail.
The New Zealand team still won by 2 minutes and 19 seconds, scoring their sixth point of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger series.
The two teams are scheduled to race again on Tuesday.
A third challenger, Artemis Racing, was knocked out of the race by a fatal accident on May 9 that killed British sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson and damaged its vessel.
Race officials had said last weekend that the Swedish team could be back in the race by this weekend, but the team did not appear for a scheduled race on Saturday.
Artemis is next scheduled to race against Luna Rossa Challenge on Thursday.