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Brits, Kiwis advance to next round in America's Cup prelims

Theresa Hayes | 03 June, 2017, 01:28

In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Oracle Team USA competes against SoftBank Team Japan (not shown) during America's Cup qualifying on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Oracle Team USA as defender go straight through to the America's Cup Match but can gain a valuable bonus point if they manage to triumph over the other crews in the qualifying round.

"We have to create the speed to fly, this is the challenge for us", Cammas said.

“We can have more of a development focus over the next couple of days, then a racing focus now we have secured our place in the play-offs, ” Ainslie said.

"We will be out there working on techniques and trying to improve across the wind range". Team Japan finished 51 seconds behind Team NZ. It lost badly and almost sank as it returned to the dock.

The basement dwellers, who suffered a crucial loss to SoftBank Team Japan in the second race of the day, have only two races to turn their fortunes around. Britain has never won the cup in its 166-year history.

Expect fireworks in this next race as Artemis Racing take on Team Japan.

Emirates Team New Zealand kept up the pressure on defending America's Cup champions Oracle Team USA on Friday, beating SoftBank Team Japan and drawing level on points with the US team who were convincingly beaten by Sweden's Artemis Racing.

Defeat capped a bad day for the French, who were trounced by nearly six minutes by SoftBank Team Japan in the day's first race, which was briefly delayed because of lack of wind.

"We hoped we wouldn't need them, but certainly coming into this event it's well-documented that we're struggling for straight-line speed and thankfully our performance in the America's Cup World Series was very strong", Ainslie said.

Team NZ send Team France packing from the America's Cup as they execute the ideal race, 100 per cent on foils. Wins earn one point, and the four Challengers with the most points advance to the next round.

Tomorrow will be Oracle's last opportunity to race before the Cup match, with the defender excusing themselves from the challenger series after the qualifying round. That came in a 4:06 whitewashing of Groupama Team France, which was eliminated with one race to sail.

Racing on the lay day, after light conditions caused the postponement of yesterday's schedule, both boats struggled to foil in conditions that were still at the lower end of the wind scale.

Oracle had a minor issue with its wing sail and still cruised to an easy win against France. "But from that point on we were kind of in delivery mode".

Artemis Racing have again got their noses in front over their rivals Oracle, heading around Gate 5 Team USA trail by 19 seconds.