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America's Cup finally thrives without Alinghi

By Paul Logothetis

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Aug. 7 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

Emirates Team New Zealand's bowman Winston MacFarlane, from New Zealand, falls into the water during the second day of racing at the America's Cup World Series Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 in Cascais, near Lisbon. The event is a pre-cursor to the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco and nine teams will race in the new AC45 sailing boats, the forerunner to the 72-foot catamarans that will be used in San Francisco.

Francisco Seco, Associated Press

CASCAIS, Portugal — Good weather allowed the high-tech catamarans of the America's Cup to finally make their promised flying start as a new era of the sailing classic began without two-time winner Alinghi.

Oracle Racing No. 5 won a close fleet race in which the 45-foot long carbon fiber boats tore through Atlantic waters with power, precision and speed. Emirates Team New Zealand even lost one of its sailors around a marker.

The Kiwis raced at 26 mph to win the inaugural speed event for these yachts. This World Series competition got off to a sputtering start Saturday because of light wind.

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