Team New Zealand cruised unopposed around San Francisco Bay in the final race of round four in the Louis Vuitton Cup, replacement skipper Glenn Ashby guiding the big catamaran around the five-leg course in a shade over 30 minutes.
It was the Kiwi outfit's fifth forfeit win, Swedish entry Artemis Racing opting not to sail for the fourth time.
Skipper Dean Barker watched from the chase boat as Ashby steered the 72-foot catamaran around the 9.64 nautical-mile course in 30min 32sec.
The 35-year-old wing trimmer coaxed a top speed of 33.8 knots out of the AC72, downwind on leg four, in wind speeds averaging 13.2 knots and peaking at 15.7.
They are scheduled to race Luna Rossa early on Monday (NZT) in the first race of round five, with another probably solo effort against Artemis on Friday.
Despite launching their second boat last Wednesday, Artemis are still to confirm their readiness for the semi-final starting on August 7.
Their first boat was destroyed when it capsized during a testing session in May, resulting in the death of British sailor Andrew Simpson.
With just four scheduled races remaining in the round-robin series, Team NZ have eight wins from eight races and are guaranteed a berth in the best-of-13 final starting on August 17.
source: newshub archive