Yachting: Final race of America's Cup series wide open

Tomorrow's final race will decide the winner of the Venice leg of the America's Cup World Series championship as it's tight at the top of the fleet race leader board after three days of racing in Italy.

Only three points separate the top four yachts - Energy (44) the two Luna Rossa yachts (43) and Team New Zealand (42), while Oracle 4 (38) and Artemis and Team Korea are each on 37.

Tomorrow's race is worth 30 points to the winner, 20 to second, 15 for third, 12 for fourth and 10 for fifth.

With conditions expected to be light and shifty as they have been all regatta, a good start, sharp tactics and a bit of luck will decide the fleet race champion.

Racing today was largely conducted in a breeze that rarely got above seven knots.

Team New Zealand was third, in race one, making the most of a good start and what little breeze there was.

Luna Rossa Swordfish won, with Oracle 4 second 57 seconds behind and New Zealand 1min 7sec from the lead.

The second race was on a course shorted because of the light wind at the leeward mark, but increased to 12 legs.

That increased the crews' work load and also turned the day's form guide upside down.

Luna Rossa Swordish, winner of the first race, finished last. Artemis won and Luna Rossa Piranha was second as Team New Zealand claimed sixth.

- APNZ

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