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High Winds Cancel America's Cup Racing

Emirates Team New Zealand needs two more wins to capture the America's Cup



    It's going to be windy Tuesday for the America's Cup race in San Francisco. The race even might be postponed. Christina Loren reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013)

    The winds proved to be too much for America's Cup racing limits Tuesday. Race officials canceled both races because the winds were in excess of the prescribed limit.

    Today’s wind limit of 20.1 knots was especially low because of a strong ebb (outgoing) tide on San Francisco Bay, race officials said.

    At the time of postponement, the wind was blowing 25 knots.

    Team New Zealand will have to wait unitl Wednesday to get their first chance to claim the 34th America's Cup title. The Kiwis are just two wins away from the Cup with two race scheduled Wednesday.

    The races will air on NBC Bay Area beginning at 1 p.m.

    Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA each won one race Sunday, leaving New Zealand with a 7-1 lead in the best to nine series.

    When we left the races on Sunday, Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand appeared to have the momentum back as they pulled ahead of defending champion Oracle Team USA on the final race of the day.

    Team Oracle won the first race of Sunday and the only completed race of Saturday.

    Oracle Team USA, owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison, needs to win eight more races to keep the oldest trophy in international sports. It entered the series with a two-point penalty for the biggest cheating scandal in the Cup's 162-year history.

    Even if it continues to split races, Team New Zealand can essentially run out the clock against the American powerhouse.