“We were pretty lucky we didn’t end up on our side,” he said. “At 40 knots, you need room.”
It was one of the most exciting America’s Cup races in years. Artemis was also penalized for being over the start line early. Still, there were nine lead changes on the seven-leg course. Artemis and New Zealand face off again in the opening race of the second round robin Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, the British sailing star Ben Ainslie, who leads Land Rover BAR, lost his fourth straight race. Land Rover BAR had a bad mark rounding halfway through the race, and Groupama Team France went flying past and won by 53 seconds.
Barcelona Hires Valverde as Coach
Barcelona has hired the former player Ernesto Valverde as its coach. The club confirmed that Valverde, the longtime Athletic Bilbao manager, will replace Luis Enrique, who ended his three-year stint after winning the Copa del Rey on Saturday.
A former forward, Valverde, 53, played two seasons with Barcelona in the late 1980s and was coached by Johan Cruyff, the Dutch great who gave Barcelona its winning identity. The calm-mannered Valverde is…