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America’s Cup boat size row escalates as teams close ranks after Luna Rossa exit

• Four teams including Ben Ainslie’s BAR issue joint statement
• Statement criticises Team New Zealand who had supported Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa pull out of America’s Cup in protest over reduced boat size

The fallout from the controversial decision to reduce the boat size for the 2017 America’s Cup has escalated further, with four of the five remaining teams issuing a collective statement openly criticising the other, Team New Zealand, following the departure of Italian team Luna Rossa.

Plans agreed earlier this week to move from 62ft (AC62) catamarans to AC45s in the 45ft to 50ft range, had been passed despite opposition from both Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand.

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