Group New Zealand moved inside one race win of a second successive America’s Cup triumph however their hopes of sealing the match on Tuesday disappeared when race 10 was deserted on account of unfavourable wind off the coast of Auckland.
After a brief postponement, defender TNZ received the ninth race by 30 seconds over Luna Rossa in a time of 25 minutes and 29 seconds to take a 6-3 lead within the best-of-13 match.
Challenger Luna Rossa sailed off in disappointment after having been handed late within the fifth leg on account of a tactical blunder that allowed TNZ to reel within the Italians by the fifth mark and energy away over the ultimate leg to a dominant win.
TNZ will get the prospect to win the Auld Mug when racing resumes on Wednesday.
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