Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

French crew in first America's Cup win, U.S. beaten

French crew in first America's Cup win, U.S. beaten

Although Ainslie's team are third in the overall standings with three points, behind Emirates Team New Zealand and America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA, this is because they began the event with two bonus points as winners of the 2015-16 America's Cup World Series.

Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR suffered a shock defeat on Monday at the hands of Groupama Team France in the America's Cup qualifiers, leaving the British crew with the worst record of the competition in Bermuda.

In their final race of the day, Spithill's crew scored a convincing win over SoftBank Team Japan, who had earlier lost to Emirates Team New Zealand.

Crews will continue competing in qualifiers over the next two weeks for the right to challenge Team USA for the title in the America's Cup match starting June 17.

Tactician Tom Slingsby and skipper Jimmy Spithill engineered a split at the bottom gate, but the windshifts went in favor of Artemis Racing, who extended its lead one the first upwind leg to 19 seconds.

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Four-time Olympic champion Ainslie later admitted his team had produced "our best race".

Beating Artemis by 3 seconds "was really good for the team", French skipper Franck Cammas said.

"Clearly we're not fast enough upwind in certain conditions and we've got to improve that", Ainslie said. Artemis has two points and SoftBank Team Japan and France one apiece.

New Zealand and BAR already had history before this meeting - BAR damaged their opponents' boat with a "love tap" at the start in practice two weeks ago - and this latest encounter also featured its share of controversy even before they began racing.

Emirates Team New Zealand again demonstrated their speed in race 11, as they sealed a second successive victory on the day, brushing aside Land Rover BAR in devastating fashion.

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The variable winds over the Great Sound racecourse came to the fore in race 10, as Artemis Racing prevailed in a topsy-turvy battle against ORACLE TEAM USA. "They worked two years for that".

Barker said his boat still needs some work after Saturday's crash.

From then on, Team New Zealand were clinical in extending their lead all the way around the track, eventually finishing 1:28 ahead. “It didnt happen last night, so Im guessing hell probably do it tonight.”.

"We have had a discussion, we have looked at other evidence, information and data, and I think if we were to go back in time and make that call, we would green that call and not penalize Artemis".

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