Skipper Dean Barker and the Emirates Team New Zealand crew made Saturday’s race look effortless. With the wind blowing around 17 knots, Emirates Team New Zealand held up Luna Rossa in the pre-start and then sailed away to win by more than 5 minutes on the 15.47-nautical-mile course.
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge are familiar partners in the America’s Cup arena. The two teams contested the 2000 America’s Cup Match, were finalists in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup Final, and have shared a design package and many hours of training together in the lead up to the 2013 America’s Cup.
Today the familiar foes contested the first two-boat race of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, and the reigning champions from New Zealand came out on top.
Sunday Artemis v Emirates Team New Zealand. Artemis will not start.
13 July 2013 22:07 GMT