Jul 7, 2013 3:34 PM by Adam Knapik
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The America's Cup challenger trials have begun with Emirates Team New Zealand sailing alone around the course to collect the first point of the regatta.
The Kiwis' opponent, Italy's Luna Rossa, is boycotting, saying it won't race until an international jury rules on protests regarding rules changes made after Andrew "Bart" Simpson of Artemis Racing was killed in a capsize May 9.
Regatta officials say they're disappointed the Italians aren't racing. On Saturday, Luna Rossa sailed three practice laps
While the Italians say they're sitting out on principle, there's also the chance they're not ready. A few weeks ago, they were soundly beaten by the Kiwis in a practice race.
The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers will face defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 34th America's Cup beginning Sept. 7.