Sailing-America's Cup semi-finals becalmed as racing postponed

Land Rover BAR aren't in action tomorrow

GETTYLand Rover BAR aren't in action tomorrow

That leaves SoftBank Team Japan to face Sweden's Artemis Racing in the other semi.

The pressure looked to have told on Emirates Team New Zealand on leg five of seven as they were handed another penalty, this time for sailing out of the racecourse boundary, resulting in another penalty.

Light winds may have beaten us today, but we will be back tomorrow when there is a significantly better wind forecast!

Coupled with two wins in these round robins, Oracle has won 10 straight races against Team New Zealand.

Top-seeded Emirates Team New Zealand chose Ainslie's syndicate, Land Rover BAR, as its opponent in the semifinals.

The knowledge they have gained of the winds and conditions of Bermuda's Great Sound is also a potential advantage for tactician Chris Draper and the crew.

And although Japan's close ties to the USA defenders have raised some questions over independence, skipper and CEO Barker says they operate separately on key areas of designing and configuring their catamarans.

June 3 Oracle Team USA ensured they will start their defence of the America's Cup with a crucial extra point by beating Emirates Team New Zealand and Britain's Land Rover BAR to win the qualifier event on Saturday.

The Kiwis' decision was surprisingly pre-empted by United States of America skipper Jimmy Spithill, who appeared before the challenger teams at the press conference and announced that his "leak" in Team NZ had told him of the BAR preference.

"We are excited to be here", said Artemis Racing's helmsman Nathan Outteridge.

"We could come back and see this bonus point as a real defining moment".

Oracle started that series down two points after being penalized for the biggest cheating scandal in America's Cup history.

With a two week break from race action ahead, helmsman Jimmy Spithill and his team will continue to develop their boat and be ready to face the eventual victor of the Challenger Playoffs.

"The (bonus) point could end up being incredibly important".

The French skipper Franck Cammas said in a televised interview that he was not yet sure whether Groupama would be supporting them for another tilt at the America's Cup.

"The guys in the shore team work nearly 24-hour shifts to make sure our boat is always prepared and to see that as sailors is incredibly motivating".

In their final race of the 35th America's Cup, Groupama Team France failed to achieve a fairytale send off and give their fans one final victory as they ended their Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers campaign with a disappointing defeat to Artemis Racing.

"We made some little errors and then learned a lot and we stayed out for a while afterwards to practice a few things that went wrong during the race and we are really happy with the few improvements we made afterwards".

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