New Zealand Wins First Race
The first point in the America's Cup was scored Sunday in a race without opposition. Emirates Team New Zealand completed a 16-mile course this afternoon in 46 minutes and 27 seconds in wind speeds of 14 to 16 knots. Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge team was sitting out the opening race as it waits for the cup's International Jury to hear a complaint about modified rules regarding rudders on the 72-foot vessels.
Another Hurdle Taken
The U.S. Coast Guard Friday issued the permit required to hold America’s Cup racing on San FranciscoBay this summer, clearing one of the final hurdles standing before organizers prior to the start of racing on July 7-th.
The Coast Guard’s approval leaves only one more significant obstacle in the Cup’s path — a legal challenge to some of the safety recommendations issued by race organizer’s after Simpson’s untimely death. On Thursday, one of the Cup challengers, Emirates Team New Zealand, filed a protest with an international jury appointed to oversee the 37 safety recommendationNew Zealand protest, which questions three of the safety requirements, is expected to be heard in San Francisco on Monday, July 8, after racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup starts, as scheduled, on July 7.
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Double Trouble for Team Oracle
Team Oracle takes both cats out on the Bay for the first time. Watch the video:
34th America's Cup
The Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco will host the 34th America's Cup. The America's Cup trophy was originally awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight which was won by the schooner America. The trophy was renamed the America's Cup after the boat and was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC).