America's Cup qualifiers postponed due to light wind

Meanwhile Emirates Team New Zealand was flying high and fast down the track, opening up a 400 metre lead by the time they reached the bottom mark.

The onboard microphones picked up Ainslie saying, "What happened?"

"They're absolutely killing us", cried Sir Ben, as he watched his hopes of victory slip away. "It's absolutely killing us".

A day after insufficient winds forced the cancellation of racing on Wednesday, the regatta resumed off Bermuda's Great Sound with modest gusts of around seven knots. In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Emirates Team New Zealand and Groupama Team France (not shown) compete during America's Cup qualifying on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Oracle, the 2013 champions, now head the round robin standings with seven points after six wins and one defeat.

As for Oracle Team USA, the major question is whether they can eke a point out of this series to take into the America's Cup Match.

Emirates Team New Zealand entered from the starboard end of the line, both boats popping straight up onto their foils in the pre-start dance for placement off the line. Ainslie radioed in to the race committee that he was withdrawing.

"We have to keep working on the boat", Ainslie said. "It was a frustrating moment for us. We struggled in the light wind trying to get up on our foils, particularly downwind".

Ainslie said he withdrew to give the team's engineers and technicians time to fix the issue, which they did in time for the day's last race. Britain has never won the cup in its 166-year history. Scott was heir to Ainslie in the Finn dinghy, emerging from his shadow to win Olympic gold in Rio. As holders, Oracle Team USA will be in the final, regardless of how well they perform in the qualifiers.

"We are sailing a much better race now, we had two really good starts", Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge said in a televised interview following his crew's victories over Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan. Wins earn one point, and the four Challengers with the most points advance to the next round.

"It was a target for the team for the points, but also as a new team in the America's Cup to prove that we can race and win at this level".

The crew with fewest points after each has raced the other twice in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers will be eliminated, with the other challengers going into a semi-final.

After Saturday, Oracle will train on its own while the challengers sail their semifinals and finals.

Artemis Racing has beaten Team Japan by 18 seconds and are looking like the real deal.

Going past Gate five and Team NZ are well in control over Barker and his crew - Team Japan trail by 52 seconds.

"These conditions are probably the hardest we have for these boats", Barker said, adding that factors such as body movements on the finely-tuned 50-foot (15 metre) foiling catamarans were crucial when the wind was so light.

"The Japanese allowed us a split and let us go. I can assure you it was not a deliberate act if that's what you're asking".

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