Oracle goes 2-1 to take lead in America's Cup qualifiers

Sir Ben Ainslie has vowed to "come back fighting" after Land Rover BAR were surprisingly beaten by Groupama Team France in the America's Cup Qualifiers on Monday.

Britain's Land Rover BAR got its foiling 50-foot catamaran patched up overnight after a frightening collision with SoftBank Team Japan on Saturday.

After defeating Team Japan in their opening outing of the day, the Kiwis easily accounted for Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) and have now won three of their four races.

The US crew beat Britain's Land Rover BAR and routed SoftBank Team Japan by 54 seconds on Sunday to hold onto top place with four overall wins.

"We had too many mistakes against the French team in our first race and made life hard for ourselves".

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Spithill is determined to get that point, even if the team, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, isn't always flawless.

Team New Zealand, who fell to Oracle's mighty comeback in the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco, were a flawless two-for-two on Sunday, beating Team Japan and Land Rover BAR. As we saw today, if you sailed well, the boat speed really didn't matter. It clearly shows that today was about sailing well and trying to avoid some of the tough spots out there.”.

While Land Rover BAR showed good speed on Sunday, the US crew's tactician Tom Slingsby made a shrewd call on the third leg of the seven-leg course and Oracle Team USA were able to pass their British opponents for a clear win.

Ainslie would be in real trouble if not for bringing in two bonus points earned during preliminary regattas. Sweden are fourth on two points, with France and Japan both on one.

The Kiwis are looking for redemption after blowing an 8-1 lead on match point in the 2013 match, when Oracle Team USA won eight straight races to retain the Auld Mug.

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One challenger will be eliminated after the second round robin, which wraps up Saturday. There are two semifinals and a finals in the playoffs.

Although the wind was shifty and died slightly towards the end, conditions in Bermuda's Great Sound were once again ideal, with the flat water allowing the boats with their towering "wing" sails to "fly" on their foils.

There was no sign of the damage suffered by BAR yesterday and fears that they had re-damaged the hull against Team USA early on day two provide unfounded. It swapped out two of the workhorse grinders per race.

"Give full credit to the boys; three races", Spithill said.

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