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Louis Vuitton America's Cup series - Ainslie impresses in Portsmouth
Emirates Team New ZealandCarlo Borlenghi ©

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup series – Ainslie impresses in Portsmouth

Rainstorms did not stop the official practice races today in Portsmouth. It was typical British weather, rain, wind and cold. Mid-afternoon it’s seemed more like Poursmouth.

Two practice races were held in shifty, gusty and then light conditions.

The wind dropped just before the start of Race One and Sir Ben Ainslie and his LandRover BAR team were the only ones to plug in their Code Zero.

Much to the delight of the British spectators Land Rover BAR led up the first leg, foiling consistently while others were having trouble, they were followed by Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup series - Ainslie impresses in Portsmouth

ORACLE Team USACarlo Borlenghi ©

By the second lap the Brits had a comfortable lead over Team Oracle USA. They took the gun ahead of Oracle Team USA, third was Emirates Team New Zealand, fourth Artemis Racing, fifth Groupama Team France and sixth Softbank Team Japan.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup series - Ainslie impresses in Portsmouth

Land Rover BARCarlo Borlenghi ©

In the second practice ace, Oracle Team USA and Groupama Cammas were over the line early.

This time everyone had code zeros up in the light wind, flattened by the rain and there was no foiling action. Land Rover BAR had lead at the first mark and Groupama Cammas in second place.

by Rob Kothe

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