Emirates Team New Zealand thrashed Italian syndicate Luna Rossa to secure their place in the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup – the three boat selection series to decide who challenges Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup in September.
The Kiwis were in a class of their own as they sailed around the 15.43 nautical mile San Francisco Bay course.
Such was their dominance they finished over five minutes clear of their Italian rivals.
The win made sure skipper Dean Barker and his crew finish at the top of the standings in the round-robin phase having accumulated a maximum of seven points from their seven races, albeit four of which they won on forfeit.
Luna Rossa are second with three points while the Swedish syndicate, Artemis Racing, are yet to compete following a capsize in a May training exercise that killed British crew member Andrew Simpson and wrote off their number one boat.
Two and a half months after the crash Artemis finally arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday with their second boat.
With Emirates Team New Zealand expected to choose to advance directly to the final, Artemis and Luna Rossa – no matter the results for the rest of the round robin stage – will face each other in the semi finals starting August 6.