16 Jul 2013

Team NZ wins first two-boat race

8:52 am on 16 July 2013

Team New Zealand has won the first competitive race of the America's Cup challenger series, beating Italian entry Luna Rossa.

With the wind blowing around 17 knots, Team New Zealand held up Luna Rossa in the pre-start and then sailed away to win by more than five minutes on the 15.47 nautical mile course.

Aotearoa completed the course in 43 minutes, 52 seconds.

The boat recorded a top speed of 42.33 knots, or almost 89 kilometres per hour, compared to Luna Rossa's 39.95 knots (74 kph).