Point to Luna Rossa as Kiwis forced out of race
Spectators look at Emirates Team New Zealand 's AC72 shortly after the second finals race of the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco, California on August 18, 2013.
The win evened the best-of-13 Louis Vuitton Cup finals at one apiece, with the winners of the series to take on defenders Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup finals in September.
It was another chaotic day for the 34th edition of the venerable yachting event.
"That's not the way we like to win points, but I'm really pleased," said Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Draper, who said the Italian boat is faster than it was during the round-robin first round in which they lost every race against New Zealand.
Luna Rossa had been halted while trailing New Zealand in Saturday's opening race of the challenger finals with daggerboard damage.
Team New Zealand completed the course to gain the first point, despite a scary nose-dive that flung two crew members overboard and damaged their AC72 catamaran.
On Sunday, the Kiwis were leading by more than 400 meters when they were halted by trouble with the hydraulic system.
"The boats are driven by hydraulics," said Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. "We had a problem and it's a bit of a problem when you can't tack or jibe the wing or rake the boards, the boat's pretty much crippled."
With tools from their chase boat, the Kiwis made repairs and were prepared to start the day's second scheduled race, but it was called off because of high winds on San Francisco Bay.
Two races have now been set for Monday, originally an off-day.
Oracle, building up to their title defence with training races between their two boats as the would-be challengers duel, ran into trouble Sunday also.
One Oracle boat lost a rudder as it headed to the start line for its training race.
The rudder had been damaged on Saturday when it caught on the line of a navigation buoy. The US team made repairs, but on Sunday it cracked.
Oracle general manager Grant Simmer said the broken rudder was "no big deal" although he added it showed again that "these boats require a great deal of caution and care".