New Zealand Sails While Italy's Protest Continues
Emirates Team New Zealand sailed on unopposed again on Tuesday (July 09), scoring its second point of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series, in San Francisco Bay.
Skipper Dean Barker and crew were scheduled to race Artemis Racing, but the Swedish team is still assembling its second AC72 wing sail catamaran and won't be ready to sail for another two weeks.
Once again, the New Zealanders looked slick on their AC72, Aotearoa.
The story line though is getting familiar for Team New Zealand, after The 34th America's Cup sailing regatta began in San Francisco on Sunday (July 07) with the team sailing solo in the first race.
Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge backed by Prada fashion mogul Patrizio Bertelli sat it out in protest of rule changes it says put it at a disadvantage.
Both Luna Rossa and New Zealand have objected to boat design changes that were put in place after a May accident that killed Artemis Racing crew member Andrew Simpson and wrecked their boat.
An international jury is considering the arguments.
It has been a bizarre start to a competition that was originally meant to attract a dozen or more international challengers.
The aggressive design of the AC72s has pushed the cost of fielding a strong challenge above the hundred-million dollar mark, and the number of teams has dwindled to just four.
The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will challenge software tycoon Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA for the America's Cup in September.