August 6, 2013 11:46 PM
" The first official race of the ?Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals was held on a beautiful San Francisco Bay Tuesday as team Artemis Racing took on team Luna Rossa Challenge.
Luna Rossa crossed the finish line first and took an early lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Artemis won the start and led at the first mark rounding, but Luna Rossa proved faster downwind. The Italian AC72 consistently averaged 2-4 knots more boatspeed on the downwind legs, which allowed it to sail lower and faster towards the next mark, according to America's Cup racing.
Watch race highlights here.
The winner of the Louis Vuitton will face Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup Finals next month.
Tuesday's competition was the first race since a capsizing claimed the life of one of the Sweden-based Artemis sailing team earlier this year. Artemis Racing missed several preliminary races in the Louis Vuitton Cup after losing crewmember Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who died after the team's boat capsized during a May 9 practice run out on the Bay.
The capsizing also destroyed the team's first 72-foot yacht "
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