Young America is no longer a favorite to challenge New Zealand for sailing's most prized trophy, having lost again today to Stars and Stripes.
Young America has struggled since one of its two multimillion-dollar boats cracked apart and almost sank during a race last month. In the new boat, the team has won only three of 11 races.
Just two races were run today. The schedule was adjusted because of bad weather and to give Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes team time to repair its boat after a bulkhead ripped free of the hull Sunday.
San Francisco's America True defeated Young Australia by 1 minute 45 seconds to move past Italy's Prada into third place. Stars and Stripes is still fifth after its 27-second win over Young America.
Today's races were delayed for more than an hour because of light winds. When the breeze arrived, it was so shifty that upwind legs at the start were downwind at the end.
Stars and Stripes, with Ken Read at the helm, won the start and extended its lead to more than 500 yards on the first beat. Young America closed the gap as the wind strengthened, but was unable to pass.
Results yesterday in the third round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series for the America's Cup in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf:
Stars and Stripes def. Young America by 27 seconds.
America True def. Young Australia by 1:45.
America True 74
Stars and Stripes 54.5
Spanish Challenge 44
Young America 42
Le Defi Francais 32
Young Australia 18
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