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Kiwis win 1st AmCup challenge as Luna Rossa withdraw

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Team New Zealand survived a scare to win the first race of the America's Cup challenger finals in a walkover Saturday as boat damage forced Luna Rossa to withdraw. 

Team Emirates New Zealand dig their hulls up to the main crossbeam, which resulted in two of the crew going overboard during the first finals race of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series in San Francisco, Califfornia on August 17, 2013.

The first race of the best-of-13 Louis Vuitton Cup finals, which will decide a challenger to take on defender Oracle Team USA in next month's America's Cup finals, provided another chaotic spectacle in the 34th edition of the venerable yachting event which has been beset by problems.

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