New Zealand team has its America's Cup boat blessed

Emirates Team New Zealand and goes past Alcatraz Island and Mount Tamalpais in the background while heading for the finish during their America's Cup challenger series sailing race against Luna Rossa Challenge of Italy Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in San Francisco. Emirates Team New Zealand won the race. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

July 28, 2013 6:18:28 PM PDT
Emirates Team New Zealand, a leading contender in this year's America's Cup, was scheduled to have its boat blessed Sunday morning at a customary Maori boat blessing.

At the customary Maori boat blessing, New Zealand's own Atamira dancers will perform a series of unique dances in traditional Maori dress.

The ceremony is a part of a celebration of New Zealand with a series of high-profile events at venues throughout the city - a tribute to the Kiwi way of life.

The boat blessing was scheduled for 11:20 a.m. at the Louis Vuitton state at North Point.