United States beats Kiwis on opening day of America's Cup qualifiers

Near gale delays first America's Cup races to Saturday

"This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly", Sir Russell Coutts, the chief executive of the America's Cup event authority, said.

Ainslie was penalized and SoftBank Team Japan, skippered by former Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker, sailed off to a 48-second win.

Further, tickets are still available for Sunday May 28th when ORACLE TEAM USA meets Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan on the Great Sound.

The ACBDA said, "Run by local company 14/68 Entertainment Limited [trading as Funtyme Entertainment] four Crown and Anchor tables will be set up inside tents located next to the Main Stage, adding to the party atmosphere already expected across the America's Cup Village".

In Bermuda, Sweden's Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France, Britain's Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan are hoping to win the right to challenge the defender Oracle Team USA.

Team New Zealand will race twice on day first, first against Team France then against the holders Oracle Team USA.

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The British entry team Land Rover BAR was conceived by four times Olympic gold medallist and 34th America's Cup victor, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the prestigious America's Cup trophy back home to where it all began in 1851.

The British shore crew has less than 24 hours to fix the boat before Sunday's races, when Land Rover BAR faces Oracle and Team New Zealand. Oracle and the five challengers will compete in two round robins, which will eliminate one challenger.

Oracle launched a protest and while there was no penalty, it proved to be the turning point as Spithill took the inside, forcing Team NZ to slow down as they surged ahead.

Despite that incident, BAR finished the day on top of the table with Oracle on three points, having carried two points into the regatta courtesy of winning the America's Cup World Series, while the Americans started with one point. The projected "starting six" for Oracle Team USA includes just one American - grinder Cooper Dressler of Coronado, California, across the bay from San Diego.

Oracle opened Saturday's racing with a 2:11 rout of Groupama Team France.

The experience, made in collaboration with cinematic VR company Jaunt, enables users to join Ben Ainslie's team in Bermuda during their final preparations, as they get set to compete for the oldest global sporting trophy.

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