French crew in first America's Cup win, US beaten

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

Race two proved an enthralling encounter as Artemis Racing came from behind to complete a spectacular turnaround to beat SoftBank Team Japan. The team is made up of some of the best British and global sailors, designers, builders and racing support.

"Our first race we started slowly but you could see how hard we pushed to get back into the race and when the opportunity came, we took full advantage".

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"The guys showed great composure all the way around the course, despite a few rough manoeuvres they dug it in all of the way".

"We are still shocked by what happened", said Nathan Outteridge.

They were penalised for a scary pre-start collision with SoftBank Team Japan and with visible damage to one hull finished 48 seconds behind the Japanese in the final race of the day.

Artemis Racing continued towards the finish line, but had to take their penalty, allowing Emirates Team New Zealand to take the win at the line.

Oracle Team USA has adopted a similar idea by using a single fixed cycle at the back of their boat to help the "grinders" working the more traditional winches to generate the power which is needed to control the foils and the towering "wing" sail which drives their sleek black and red craft.

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Barker was at the helm, when New Zealand capitulated to Oracle at the 2013 America's Cup off San Francisco and now finds himself in allegiance with the Americans in this latest regatta.

Oracle Team USA got off to a flying start on the first day of the America's Cup in Bermuda, comfortably beating Groupama Team France and then coming from behind in their second race with a narrow victory over arch rival Emirates Team New Zealand.

There was also joy for Land Rover BAR, who caused somewhat of a surprise in Race 4 to claim a morale-boosting victory over the highly-fancied Artemis Racing.

Over the next month in Bermuda, the 21st British Challenger for the America's Cup will race their America's Cup Class boat, R1, on a tightly defined course on Bermuda's Great Sound, sailing at speeds of up to 60mph.

However, the British team put any doubts to bed with an impressive showing, leading from the start and reaching the first mark ahead.

The Artemis crew were fuming as they approached the finish line first but had to let New Zealand cross before them after the Swedish boat was penalized for not giving their opponents enough room to maneuver when they had right of way.

Each team races the other twice in the head-to-head match race format, with a point for the victor of each race. "They worked two years for that". He hit the dock while returning from a practice session on March 22 and then ran into the back of Emirates Team New Zealand during a practice race on May 16, causing significant damage that took the Kiwis three days to fix. The team kept the lead and even as Oracle Team USA closed in on leg five Artemis were able to hang on.

Land Rover BAR bailing out to keep R1 afloat.

Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Team Principal: "The boat is pretty badly damaged, with a sizeable hole in the port hull". Commenting from on the water, Joey Newton of Oracle Team USA suggested that Land Rover BAR's port hull may have been holed and was perhaps slowly taking in water and therefore heavier.

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