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Luna Rossa beats Artemis again in America's Cup
August 7, 2013 / 11:00 PM / 4 years ago

Luna Rossa beats Artemis again in America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Italy’s Luna Rossa cruised to victory over Artemis Racing on Wednesday to open a 2-0 lead in the semi-finals of their series to eventually decide the America’s Cup challenger.

Artemis Racing AC 72 catamaran races towards the finish line as they compete in a seven-leg course in Race 1 of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinal round against Luna Rossa Challenge during the America's Cup Challenger Series on San Francisco Bay, California August 6, 2013. Artemis Racing, the grief-stricken Swedish team vying for the America's Cup sailing trophy, lost its first race to Italy's Luna Rossa on Tuesday on San Francisco Bay. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

Luna Rossa crossed the finish line at San Francisco Bay more than two minutes ahead of Swedish syndicate Artemis to make it back-to-back wins in the penultimate stage of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

The winner of the best-of-seven series will compete against New Zealand in the final for the right to compete against defenders Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup.

New Zealand easily defeated Luna Rossa in the round-robin preliminary series then elected to go straight through to the challenger’s final.

Luna Rossa are heavily favored to join them by beating Artemis, which suffered a fatal training accident in May and missed the entire round-robin phase.

(This story was fixed to correct day in first paragraph to Wednesday)

Reporting by Julian Linden in New York; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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