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Kiwis win thriller on Swede penalty in America's Cup trials

Meanwhile, Land Rover BAR helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie took the opportunity to praise his shore team for getting Rita to the start line after their collision with SoftBank Team Japan on the opening day. “Its just a shame we couldnt repay that work with some wins today, ” he said.

"But we still feel we have plenty to improve on, and we are making the most of every minute of racing we can get at the moment because we haven't had much of it". That's the set-up of our boat, we have to live with that.

Oracle had no trouble against Team Japan, who are led by Dean Barker, the former skipper of Team New Zealand.

But the French team kept their cool and delivered the speed and stability that eluded them in their first races, giving themselves a significant boost in their quest for the oldest trophy in global sport.

However, the tides turned on the fifth leg, as Emirates Team New Zealand demonstrated the full speed of their pedal-powered grinding systems.

Tacking and jibing incredibly smoothly, the Kiwis chased down their rivals before overhauling them heading for gate five. Still, the 12th race was the last one on the day, so they closed it off well after the loss.

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

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Having suffered a somewhat shock defeat to Groupama Team France in the first race of the day, the Swedish team enjoyed a flying start and maintained a healthy lead for the first three gates.

Ainslie was held responsible by race umpires for causing the collision, incurring a penalty, which meant the team had no recourse to redress.

Artemis looked strong in practice racing earlier this spring.

"It was obviously a pretty good race, such an epic battle, really, the whole way around", said Artemis skipper Nathan Outteridge, an Aussie. "We actually made quite a lot of them, especially early on in the first two starts".

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.

Artemis will face Ainslie's Land Rover BAR in the third race scheduled. “They worked two years for that.

Skipper Ainslie got the better of Franck Cammas's Team France at the start but - in a carbon copy of the defeats to the United States of America and New Zealand - quickly let that position of dominance slip, with little errors being heavily punished.



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