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New Zealand on verge of reaching America's Cup

New Zealand on verge of reaching America's Cup

Team New Zealand moved within one victory of reaching the America’s Cup finals on Saturday, their latest victory giving them a 6-1 lead over Luna Rossa in the challenger finals.

However, the Kiwis will have to wait for a chance to clinch the series after Saturday’s second race was postponed because of winds above the prescribed limit on San Francisco Bay.

Regatta officials rescheduled race eight in the best-of-13 Louis Vuitton Cup finals for Sunday because the wind was blowing in excess of the 22-knot limit.

Once racing does resume, Team New Zealand are poised to book their slot in September’s America’s Cup finals against defenders Oracle Team USA.

They further underscored their dominance in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals Saturday as they reached their fastest speed to date in their AC72 catamaran — 47.18 knots at the third mark rounding.

That’s equivalent to 54 miles per hour (87.3 km/h) or 79 feet per second, and improved on their previous fastest of 44.15 knots.

Italy’s Luna Rossa also set a personal best of 43.46 knots but finished one minute, 58 seconds behind the Kiwis.

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