Emirates Team New Zealand once again cut a lonely figure on the San Francisco Bay race course as controversy continues to plague the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
In protest of new design rules Italy’s challenger in these America’s Cup trials, Luna Rossa, forfeited the first and second round robin races to the Kiwis.
Team New Zealand have therefore now sailed the course alone twice to officially win both races.
Design changes were implemented to improve safety after Artemis Racing capsized in May, killing crew member and British Olympian Andrew Simpson and also wrecking their multi million euro boat.
Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa make up the three teams competing in the July and August trials in a bid to win the right to sail against defending America’s Cup champions Oracle
The final two-boat match to win sport’s oldest trophy starts on September 7th in San Francisco.