Dana Johannsen

Dana Johannsen is a NZ Herald’s chief sports reporter

America's Cup: Luna Rossa 'accuse' Team NZ of speeding

Another day in the America's Cup and another frivolous jury challenge.

Only this time, Luna Rossa's protest against Team New Zealand was done with tongue firmly in cheek.

Soon after Team New Zealand defended the Louis Vuitton Cup yesterday, Luis Saenz Mariscal, the general counsel for the Italian team, fired off a mock email to the America's Cup jury with the subject line "Luna Rossa officially protest Emirates Team New Zealand".

Wary from the on-going protests and jury hearings that have detracted from the action on the water this year's America's Cup, the email, which was posted on Team NZ's facebook page, had the media contingent shaking their head thinking "not again".

But it was soon revealed to be a light-hearted protest, with the cheeky Italians objecting to Team New Zealand for "speeding while sailing today's race and crossing the finish line at more than 40 knots".

The letter went on to state they will let the Kiwis off the hook if they are successful in next month's Cup match against Oracle Team USA.

"We will however withdraw the protest immediately if they undertake to take the XXXIV America's Cup from the Defender."

The sporting Italians finished off by wishing their rivals the best of luck in the Cup match.

- NZ Herald

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