Emirates Team NZ wins both fleet races off Naples

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand won both fleet races Saturday to take a five-point lead over Oracle Team USA Slingsby heading into the final day of the America's Cup World Series.

As winds picked up in the Naples bay, conditions were the most challenging this week but Emirates' Dean Barker had no trouble.

In match racing, Luna Rossa Swordfish recovered from a collision with Emirates on Friday to beat sister boat Luna Rossa Piranha and advance to the final Sunday against Oracle, which edged J.P. Morgan BAR.

The two winners defeated their in-house rivals by about 20 seconds each.

The Naples leg of the World Series is the last before the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers begins on July 4 in San Francisco.

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