BBC Sport – Sailing – Azzurra beats Kiwis to win Trophy

Azzurra came into the race as outsiders but deserved their victory Italy’s Azzurra pulled off a shock win in the Louis Vuitton Trophy with a 2-0 win over Team New Zealand in Nice.

The Kiwis came into the final on a run of just one defeat in 10 races, but Azzurra won race one by 25 seconds and were 17 seconds clear in the second.

“We had very good training before the event but never thought about beating New Zealand in the final,” said Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni. Russia’s Synergy beat Great Britain’s Team Origin to third place on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the New Zealanders admitted that the better team had won the final.

“I think we sailed well today but Azzurra was clearly better than us. They did everything right,” said skipper Dean Barker.

“Sometimes that’s just the way it is. You’re either in the right place or you’re not. Today Azzurra sailed very, very well.”

The Louis Vuitton Trophy is a new world circuit of America’s Cup-class yacht racing, set up while the America’s Cup itself is the subject of a fierce legal battle over the date and venue where the next Cup should be staged.

The teams will meet again next March when racing takes place off

Auckland, New Zealand.

Posted via web from Jonathan Bowker

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