Team New Zealand survive in Auckland
Friday 19 March 2010
With a finish line manoeuvre to exonerate an earlier penalty, Emirates Team New Zealand kept its Louis Vuitton Trophy bacon sizzling and lived to fight another day against Italian rivals Azzurra in their semi-final clash.
By just one second, Dean Barker and crew squeezed their noses over the finish line as Azzurra bore down on them, threatening them with expulsion from a competition they won last year.
As darkness was falling and Aucklanders were turning to Friday night rugby and revels, race officer Peter Reggio called for a deciding third race, but then decided enough was enough. So, the Kiwis went into the clubhouse at 1-1 in the best of three and faced the decider on Saturday morning (local time) in front of what was expected to be a big home crowd.
The rascally Italians of Mascalzone Latino, the team which represents the Challenger of Record for the next America’s Cup, had grabbed the first berth in the finals, beating Sweden’s Artemis team 2-1 in the semi-final.
The two finalists then meet in what was originally programmed to be a best of seven, is likely to be reduced to a best of five, and could be even less if the wind proves unco-operative.
The giant French trimaran Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, is expected top set a new record for sailing round the world non-stop when it crosses the finish line off Brest this weekend. The current time of 50d 16hr 20min was set by Bruno Peyron in the 120-foot catamaran Orange II in 2005. Cammas is almost sure to break the 50-day barrier by a substantial margin tommorow.
Latest in Sport
Google trolls Tottenham with Oxford dictionary definition of 'lackadaisical'
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Floyd Mayweather ends the carnival this week and picks his next fight - but will it be Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto
Steven Defour: Anderlecht midfielder sent off after kicking ball into Standard Liege fans who unveiled huge banner showing him decapitated
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'