(Reuters) – With American Magic nonetheless working to restore the harm to their boat after capsizing on Sunday, America’s Cup organisers mentioned this weekend’s Challenger Sequence spherical robin motion will function single-yacht ‘ghost races’.
The American staff’s skipper Terry Hutchinson mentioned on Monday they’d not make the beginning line this weekend after their yacht “Patriot” was upended by a freak wind.
The winner of the Challenger Sequence earns the precise to face defenders Crew New Zealand for the America’s Cup from March 6.
American Magic’s absence prompted organisers to cancel Friday’s racing and stage the remaining match-ups for spherical robins three and 4 over Saturday and Sunday.
Challengers Ineos Crew UK and Italy’s Luna Rossa nonetheless need to cross the beginning line to gather factors from their ties in opposition to American Magic.
“The ‘ghost race’ will then be suspended just some minutes after the beginning,” organisers mentioned in an announcement. “The rule of 25 minutes between the 2 begins won’t apply to those ‘ghost races.'”
The Challenger Sequence remaining begins on Feb. 13.
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