A Tough Day for The British Team Seeking America’s Cup

Luis Vuitton Cup RacingThe British team Land Rover BAR lost 2 races today to Emirates Team New Zealand, due to equipment failure. Puts them behind in the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals. Brits retire from America’s Cup trials race with damage – ABC News

These aren’t your summer-camp racing dinghies; they are incredibly complicated foiling catamarans.

Ainslie’s [the British skipper] Land Rover BAR crew pulled up on the third of seven legs after the camber arm in the high-tech wing sail broke. He radioed to the race committee that he was withdrawing. The race was black-flagged, allowing the Kiwis to collect a point without sailing the whole course.

That gives Team New Zealand a 2-0 lead in the best of 9 series.

The Brits and the Kiwis are racing in the challenger semifinals. Whoever wins the Luis Vuitton Cup, will go on to challenge the defending champs, Oracle Team USA, for the America’s Cup.

Here is a highlights video, because these boats are cool – and I love the fact that they stole the graphics capability from NFL broadcasting.

And this is from a year ago, when Oracle Team USA showed up in Bermuda (where these races are taking place), because I love these boats!