But in the second race, as this fourth day seemed to be heading into a tie again, with both sides winning, fate struck Luna Rossa.
The crew led by Jimmy Spiethel was 4 minutes 27 minutes ahead, and Team New Zealand were unable to raise the hull of their sailboat, when the winds calmed in Auckland Harbour. Like the day before, when the weather forced the cancellation of today’s races.
Luna Rossa then finds herself in turn with her hull in the water, deprived of the speed of her flakes, while Peter Burling’s crew manages to take off their boat again.
To make matters worse, the Italian challenge missed a maneuver and earned a penalty for their off-limits.
And the New Zealanders just had to catch up, to finally win with 3 minutes 55 minutes.
“Probably the most bizarre race I’ve ever seen,” said the New Zealand team captain. “The delay of four minutes to win by four minutes is unbelievable. A sloppy maneuver by Luna Rossa and it’s over.”
Leading 5-3, the New Zealanders can now be crowned on Tuesday, provided they win both races.
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