New Zealand advances to America’s Cup final

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SAN FRANCISCO — Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italy’s Luna Rossa one last time, capturing the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series 7-1 and advancing to the 34th America’s Cup against defending champion and bitter rival Oracle Team USA.

The best-of-17 premier event starts Sept 7.

The Kiwis crushed the conditions and the competition in the challenger finals. The closest margin was 1 minute, 28 seconds, and Luna Rossa’s lone victory came when Team New Zealand dropped out because the electronics system that controls the hydraulics of its catamaran failed.

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