SAN DIEGO — Team New Zealand handed John Bertrand's new oneAustralia its first loss in a close race in shifty Pacific Ocean winds Monday and continued to dominate the challenger series at the America's Cup.
Late in the afternoon, the training yacht France 2 capsized about seven miles off the coast after it lost its keel in 15 knot winds.
The 13 crew members were fine, other than being a bit stunned, syndicate spokeswoman Barbara Wolfe-Barrielle said.
It was the same yacht that was dropped by a crane Dec. 7, punching the keel up through the deck and snapping the mast in half.
"It doesn't stop, this poor boat," said Wolfe-Barrielle, who added the December accident apparently didn't contribute to Monday's accident.
On the defender course, Kevin Mahaney's Young America took advantage of a wind shift on the first leg and beat the America3 women's team by 2:24. It was Young America's fifth consecutive victory and the women's third loss in a row.