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Louis Vuitton Cup – Day 1

Published on August 17th, 2013

San Francisco, CA (August 17, 2013) – Emirates Team New Zealand won today’s first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final in a walkover win versus Luna Rossa Challenge. The Italian crew withdrew from the race with problems to its starboard daggerboard suffered in the pre-start. The crew temporarily fixed the problem, but it returned on the first leg and forced the team out after the first mark rounding. Emirates Team New Zealand completed the 9.95-nautical-mile course in 31 minutes, 3 seconds.

Emirates Team New Zealand completed the course, but scared themselves stark white when rounding the windward mark. The hulls of Aotearoa buried up to the main crossbeam, dropping the boatspeed from 40.7 knots to 13 knots and flicking two crew, Rob Waddell and Chris Ward, overboard. The two sailors were recovered by the team’s chase boat apparently unharmed.

Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final has been postponed to tomorrow. Two races are planned, with the starts scheduled for 1:10 pm PT and 2:10 pm.

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Watch video of Kiwi crash.

Photo: Chris Cameron / ETNZ / www.chriscameron.co.nz

Click here for details on best of 13 Louis Vuitton Cup challenger Finals (Aug 17-30). Here is broadcast coverage information…

United States
August 17 – Races 1+2 – NBC Sports Network – 6:00pm ET (tape delayed)
August 18 – Races 3+4 – NBC Sports Network – 6:00pm ET (tape delayed)
August 21 – Races 5+6 – YouTube.com/americascup – 4:00pm ET (live)
August 24 – Races 7+8 – NBC Sports Network – 7:00pm ET (tape delayed)
August 25 – Races 9+10 – NBC Sports Network – 7:00pm ET (tape delayed / if necessary)
August 28 – Races 11+12 – NBC Sports Network – 5:00pm ET (tape delayed / if necessary)
August 30 – Races 13 – NBC Sports Network – 5:00pm ET (tape delayed / if necessary)
Note: Race replays will be available on YouTube following the NBCSN broadcast

San Francisco Bay Area
August 17 – COZI TV – LIVE
August 18 – COZI TV – LIVE
August 21 – KNTV – LIVE
August 24 – COZI TV – LIVE
August 25 – COZI TV – LIVE (if necessary)
August 28 – KNTV – LIVE (if necessary)
August 30 – KNTV – LIVE (if necessary)

Internationally, racing is live on YouTube, subject to territorial rights-holder restrictions.

If you’re on the go, download the official America’s Cup app to your iPhone, Ipad, or Android device.

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