(Reuters) – Luna Rossa stormed into the ultimate of the Challenger Sequence after finishing a 4-0 sweep of American Magic within the best-of-seven repechage semi-final in Auckland on Saturday.

The Italian staff will tackle Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Group UK to find out who will face defenders Group New Zealand (TNZ) for the America’s Cup.

American Magic, who struggled in Friday’s first two races in breezy circumstances, put up a much-improved show within the third race in lighter winds, however failed to actually check Luna Rossa, who crossed the end line 35 seconds forward.

The American staff’s “Patriot” yacht – patched up after sustaining harm after it capsized throughout a spherical robin race – then skilled a number of techinal issues within the fourth race and limped to the end line three minutes and 51 seconds behind the Italian staff.

“I am very pleased with the staff…we made some enormous steps ahead. The entire staff is on one other degree,” Luna Rossa helmsman Francesco Bruni stated.

“We demonstrated as soon as once more we’re robust on the beginning line…sadly the People had some issues, their boat wasn’t functioning nicely, I really feel very sorry for them.”

“I feel we are going to see some good racing within the closing towards INEOS.

American Magic skipper Terry Hutchinson stated he was dissatisfied with the end result however hailed his staff’s dedication.

“These are unimaginable boats…the very best reward for the AM staff for overcoming what we did to get the boat again on the water. It could have been straightforward to cease,” Hutchinson stated.

The winners of the Challenger Sequence, which ends on Feb. 22, will tackle TNZ from March 6 for the America’s Cup.

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