'Foiling' America's Cup due to set sail Saturday in Bermuda

On that date Wyclef Jean will perform after the start of the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup Qualifier races that day, and the Official Opening Ceremony will also take place that evening, starting at 8.30pm.

America's Cup Event Authority CEO Sir Russell Coutts said, "It is great that Saturday is sold out, and the weather is looking very good for Sunday and beyond, where a full schedule of races is planned".

Near gale force winds could delay the start of the America's Cup in Bermuda, with gusts above the limits allowed by its rules forecast for Friday afternoon when racing between some of the world's top sailors is due to begin.

Crewmen on SoftBank Team Japan had to leap clear of Ainslie's port hull as it crashed onto their starboard hull.

With Team NZ gunning for revenge following their stunning collapse against Oracle in San Francisco four years ago, they had an early chance to gauge their progress against the American juggernaut.

Team New Zealand sizzled to victory by over two minutes in the ideal start in Bermuda.

Team NZ's start to the regatta was emphatic, with helmsman Peter Burling dominating the pre-start exchange and hurtling clear of the French, pulling further away on every leg.

Showing all of his class and experience, Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill refused to give in and gradually clawed his way back. If the victor of the qualifiers is Oracle or a challenger that advances to the match, that team will start the match with a one-point bonus.

And try as they might, the Kiwis could not close the gap with Oracle showing just how tough it will be to take the cup from their grasp.

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.

Not to be outdone by their arch-rivals, the Kiwis went on to thump Franck Cammas' team by 2mins 33secs - 20 seconds more than Oracle's margin of victory. Obviously we haven't done a huge amount of yachting in the last couple of weeks and haven't done a lot of racing against the other boats.

"It didn't quite go our way this time".

It takes seconds to capsize the boats, but minutes to right them with the help of support boats. In addition, fans will get to try out the experience in Bermuda, at the Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) base in Portsmouth, and at roadshow events around the UK.

The British looked strong in beating Artemis Racing by 11 seconds.

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