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Team New Zealand on brink of America’s Cup triumph

Team New Zealand moved within one race win of a second successive America’s Cup triumph but its hopes of sealing the match yesterday disappeared when race 10 was abandoned due to unfavorable wind off the coast of Auckland.

After a short postponement, defender TNZ won the ninth race by 30 seconds over Luna Rossa in a time of 25 minutes and 29 seconds to take a 6-3 lead in the best-of-13 match. TNZ will get the chance to win the ‘Auld Mug’ when racing resumes today. “Pretty tight race all in all,” TNZ helmsman Peter Burling said after race nine. “One little right shift ... really decided it for us.” Challenger Luna Rossa sailed off in disappointment after having been passed late in the fifth leg due to a tactical blunder. That allowed TNZ to reel in the Italians by the fifth mark and power away over the final leg to a dominant win. The second race was postponed for about 10 minutes due to unsuitable conditions in the Hauraki Gulf and then abandoned shortly before the 6pm deadline.


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