Emirates Team New Zealand leads 4-1 in Louis Vuitton Cup Final

New Zealand and Italy teams compete to race against Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup. Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

SAN FRANCISCO, August 22, 2013 — After five races in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, Emirates Team New Zealand leads Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge 4-1. The winner of the America’s Cup Challenger Series advances to meet defender Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup next month.

Emirates Team New Zealand won the previous Louis Vuitton Cup in 2007 against Luna Rossa Challenge, in a 5-0 sweep. The Kiwis won’t be sweeping this series, but need three more victories to advance to the America’s Cup match.

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Wind conditions have kept the Louis Vuitton Cup from being on schedule, as Tuesday was the first day in the series when two races were held together. In previous days, the second race of the day was postponed due to high winds. On Tuesday, San Francisco Bay had winds between 12 and 17 knots, both races started as scheduled and both crews completed the course without incident.

34th America's Cup Louis Vuitton Cup Final Day 4 (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

34th America’s Cup Louis Vuitton Cup Final Day 4 (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

“We had a solid day all around. The guys sailed really well, really happy with how the boat’s going in these conditions,” said Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies. “We’re stoked to come away with a couple of wins. The Italians have picked up their game.”

In the best-of-13 series, the upcoming Louis Vuitton Cup Final races are as scheduled:

SEE RELATED: Luna Rossa Challenge wins Race 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinal

Friday, Aug. 23: Final Race 6 (1:10 p.m. PDT)

Saturday, Aug. 24: Final Race 7 (1:10 p.m. PDT) and Final Race 8 (2:10 p.m. PDT)

If necessary, Sunday, Aug. 25: Final Race 9 (1:10 p.m. PDT) and Final Race 10 (2:10 p.m. PDT)

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.

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Jill K. Robinson

An award-winning journalist and adventure seeker, Jill K. Robinson has been a columnist with The Washington Times, Communities section since 2011.

Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, Let's Go with Ryanair, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet and more. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day.

Always eager to take a leap into the unknown and experience new things, Jill shares adventure sport and travel highlights—even when the adventure isn’t adrenaline pumping or bone crushing. Adventure is sometimes only a state of mind.

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