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High winds have seen the first day of America's Cup racing cancelled in Bermuda

Still, there were nine lead changes on the seven-leg course.

However, a nosedive by the French team in the penultimate leg lead to a nervy conclusion as both teams raced for the finish line.

Two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA won't go undefeated in this America's Cup regatta and Groupama Team France won't go winless.

But on Sunday, it was Ainslie's Land Rover BAR who seemed to struggle at times with controlling their boat.

Ben Ainslie's attempt to bring the America's Cup back to Britain was still on course yesterday but only just, after his Land Rover BAR boat was moments from sinking after a collision before the start of a race.

It was the British team who started the stronger.

The America's Cup Qualifiers got underway today with six matches that begin the double round-robin stage to determine the top four challengers to advance to the next stage.

"It was a very frustrating race but credit to France, they had better speed than us and took the win". We've got things in the tank that we'll be able to use over the next week or two, all going well.

"We set pretty high standards so we're not satisfied". So I can be proud of our team, and where we have come from and the potential we have to move forwards, this is hugely positive for the team.

Artemis, which looked good in practice races in recent weeks, beat SoftBank Team Japan by 13 seconds. "It's just a shame we couldn't repay that work with some wins today", he said. We all thought we gave them enough room and I still stand by that opinion.

It was the third collision this spring for Ainslie, who sailed with Oracle in 2013 and is the most decorated sailor in Olympic history.

Artemis skipper Nathan Outteridge reacts after losing to Team New Zealand. Tacking and jibing incredibly smoothly, the Kiwis chased down their rivals before overhauling them heading for gate 5.

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In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Oracle Team USA, left, and Artemis Racing of Sweden, right, compete in the 35th America's Cup sailing event on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The two boats were then involved in a close tussle for the rest of the race with the lead swapping regularly.

"However, I'm extremely proud of the way the whole team regrouped from that defeat and fixed everything in an nearly ideal race against ORACLE TEAM USA".

The British shore team has less than 24 hours to fix the boat before Sunday's races, when Land Rover BAR faces Oracle and Team New Zealand.

Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling thought the penalty ruling was the correct one, in comments made before Slater's admission. The new model is water-resistant to 200 metres and equipped with a new black rubber strap coated with carbon fibre, the same material as certain parts of the team boat.

Oracle recovered from a bad start against Land Rover BAR and passed the Brits about halfway through the race.

"The boat is pretty badly damaged, with a sizeable hole in the port hull", noted Land Rover BAR skipper, Sir Ben Ainslie.

Well ahead on the final leg, the Swedes then had to serve a penalty and follow the New Zealanders across the finish line.

"Going into this competition, I think a lot of seasoned observers had written us off, saying that we didn't have a chance".

The most eagerly awaited race of the day was between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.

Oracle had no trouble against SoftBank Team Japan, which is led by Dean Barker, the former skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand.

"We will have to go away in the coming days and make some big improvements".

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