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Emirates Team New Zealand opens 6-1 lead in Louis Vuitton Cup Final - Race 7; ETNZ vs Luna Rossa - 24/08/2013
Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 7 of the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup today with a 1:58 victory over Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge. The Kiwis lead the series 6-1 and need one more victory to close out the America’s Cup Challenger Series. That chance comes tomorrow in Race 8.

Today’s Race 7 was sailed in some of the strongest winds recorded in the regatta. The average wind strength was recorded at 18 knots with a maximum gust of 21.4 knots. That enabled Emirates Team New Zealand to set a new Louis Vuitton Cup speed record of 47.18 knots at Mark 3, the windward gate. That’s 54 mph, or 79 feet per second for the 72-foot long catamaran! The Kiwis’ previous record was 44.15 knots.

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