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Kiwis rout Italians in Am Cup challenger series

July 23, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand routed Italy’s Luna Rossa on Tuesday by the biggest margin yet in the America’s Cup challenger trials and clinched the right to advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.

The Kiwis took a 7-3 lead over Luna Rossa, which fell farther behind at each turning mark on San Francisco Bay.

The Kiwis finished 7 minutes, 14 seconds ahead of the Italians, who will officially be ruled a ‘did not finish’ because they weren’t within 5 minutes of the winners.

A rudder on the Italian catamaran sank into mud as it was launched in low tide before the race. The rudder was removed and repaired.

The Louis Vuitton Cup winner will advance to face defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup starting Sept. 7.

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