When news happens, text SDE and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Slow start for Ainslie in America's Cup
8:11pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in Sport
THERE was a disappointing start for Ben Ainslie and his Oracle colleagues in the opening round of America’s Cup yacht races.
Helsman Ainslie could do nothing to stop Emirates Team New Zealand winning both races in San Francisco Bay to gain an early advantage over holders Oracle Team USA.
The Kiwis finished 36 seconds ahead of the Americans in the day's first race, and took the second by 52 seconds.
Ainslie’s team require 11 victories to win the series, while Team New Zealand need nine after the Americans were last week docked two points for illegal modifications.
The Kiwis had been considered the underdog until Oracle was hit with the harshest penalties in the regatta’s 162-year history.
Comments are closed on this article.