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"Road to Cup" Regatta: Kiwis Win Again

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Mar. 31, 1997) — Team New Zealand won the second Road to the America's Cup 2000 exhibition regatta, defeating the New York Yacht Club team, 4-3.

The Kiwis, led by interim skipper Murray Jones, took a 3-2 lead over the American team. But Ed Baird brought the NYYC squad back with a narrow victory in Race 6 to force the deciding tie-breaker.

The races were sailed on Auckland Harbor in a matched pair of International America's Cup Class (IACC) boats, NZL-10 and NZL-12, which were built for the 1992 event.

Team New Zealand skipper Russell Coutts did not participate in the competition, but was aboard the Kiwi boat as the designated observer for at least one race.

A "mini-America's Cup" is scheduled to begin this week involving NYYC, San Francisco YC (U.S.), Royal Dorset YC (Great Britain) and Societe Nautique Port Camargue (France). A challenger elimination series is being held Wednesday through Friday, with the winner meeting Team New Zealand in the match final on Saturday and Sunday. The St. Francis YC/AmericaOne challenge was not invited to participate in this event.

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