CALIFORNIA, July 12, 2013 – After winning the first scheduled race of the Luis Vuitton Cup against an opponent who boycotted the event due to a protest of recent rule changes to enhance the safety of the race participants, Emirates Team New Zealand has scored another victory against an absent opponent, Artemis Team.
The Artemis team, a Swedish entry, suffered a tragic accident nearly two months ago. The incident resulted in the death of a member of the crew and a severely damaged boat which is still under repair. Under the rules of the regatta, victory cannot be claimed nor points scored unless the winner actually starts and finishes the race.
Team Emirates’ first solo race was against the Italian entry, Luna Rossa, who is scheduled to race again against the Kiwis this Thursday. Hopefully, the international jury who heard the protests Monday will issue their ruling as scheduled on Wednesday with a satisfactory resolution which will induce the Italians to continue as planned and allow the fans who have traveled from all over the world to see an actual match race of the 72 foot speedsters.
Despite the lack of complete races, all the teams have been seen streaking up and down the bay at speeds exceeding forty knots, delighting both race fans and onlookers who previously had no knowledge of one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting events in the world.
The Americas Cup now appears to be bringing the graceful, lumbering (and sometimes a bit stuffy) sport of yacht racing into a new light more akin to Formula One race cars with ultra high tech boats, big corporate sponsors and sailors donned with crash helmets and body armor along with a personal supply of air in case of being trapped underwater.
The elements of speed, technology and teamwork on a grand scale and the native high winds and dangerous waters of San Francisco Bay are sure to thrill. Add to that the spectacular scenery and easy access to close up viewing nearly anywhere along the city’s waterfront and you have a recipe sure to please all who watch.
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