Emirates Team New Zealand closed in on an America's Cup match against Oracle Team USA, cruising past Italy's Luna Rossa again Friday to take a 5-1 lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals. Foiling fast on foggy San Francisco Bay, skipper Dean Barker and his crew completed a repeat of past performances. The Kiwis moved over the top before the first marker, leaving Luna Rossa difficult air in its path before sailing smoothly the rest of the way to win by 1 minute, 57 seconds. Emirates needs two more wins in the best-of-13 series to set up a match with defending champion Oracle starting Sept. 7.
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