In an unintentional re-run of the original America's Cup race in 1851, Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line of the first race of the challengers series . . . There was no second . . .
Apocryphally, Queen Victoria, who was watching the 1851 race, was reported to have asked who was second, the famous answer being: "Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second.
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Emirates Team New Zealand scored the first point in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, Sunday when it completed the nearly 16-nautical-mile course in 46 minutes, 27 seconds.
The crew took Aotearoa onto the racecourse doing 30 knots boatspeed and riding on its hydrofoils. The top speed was around 42.8 knots and the crew averaged 20.7 knots around the course.
On Saturday afternoon Luna Rossa Challenge issued a press release stating it would botcott its first scheduled match of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, against Emirates Team New Zealand.
7 July 2013 23:13 GMT