Two more America’s Cup sailing races are scheduled today in San Francisco after a wild weekend left the two teams tied in the finals of the regatta’s challenger series.
Races are scheduled at 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. today between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy, the finalists in the Louis Vuitton Cup to determine who will face Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Finals next month.
The New Zealand team won the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup final on Saturday despite a nosedive that sent two crewmembers overboard. The team’s support boat picked up the sailors, who were unharmed.
A second race scheduled for Saturday was postponed for a day because of high winds, bringing the two teams back Sunday to the racecourse on the Bay.
On Sunday, Emirates Team New Zealand was in the lead again when a hydraulic problem caused the team to drop out midway through the race, allowing Luna Rossa Challenge to even the score at 1-1.
“That’s not the way we want to win points, but I was pleased how well we were going against those guys in the race,” Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Draper said. “We’ll see how it plays out.”
A third race was set for later Sunday, but high winds caused another postponement and the scheduling of two races today.
The first team to seven points will win the Louis Vuitton Cup and face Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Finals starting Sept. 7.
More information about the regatta, including a schedule of upcoming races, can be found online at www.americascup.com.
CONTACT: Irene Corosu, America’s Cup (415) 939-4721
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