America's Cup: What's up next for Team New Zealand

Sir Ben Ainslie

Sir Ben Ainslie

There was even better to come as New Zealand became the first team to achieve an official "perfect" race, foiling around the entire course without touching their hulls down to beat France by 4 minutes, 6 seconds.

The onboard microphones picked up Ainslie saying, "What happened?" "The boys sailed a great race it, said Burling. It's absolutely killing us". As holders, Oracle Team USA will be in the final, regardless of how well they perform in the qualifiers.

The America's Cup qualification semi-finals from Bermuda's Great Sound have been postponed until tomorrow due to light winds.

"It is going to be a close race, but to win the America's Cup you have to beat all the teams", said Ainslie.

The eventual victor of that stage of the competition will then become the official Challenger to Oracle Team USA for the 35th America's Cup.

The British never recovered. Ainslie radioed in to the race committee that he was withdrawing.

They are very fast and so for us it will be a real battle. "It was a frustrating moment for us".

The knowledge they have gained of the winds and conditions of Bermuda's Great Sound is also a potential advantage for tactician Chris Draper and the crew. We had to gybe away and we had a systems failure, which means we couldn't control our daggerboard properly.

"We believe with the forecast over the coming week, that's our best chance of progressing through", Burling said. The Kiwis reached match point at 8-1, but what could have been the deciding race was abandoned as the time limit expired on a fluky day on San Francisco Bay.

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SoftBank are now fourth in the qualifying standings with three points, with Sweden's Team Artemis in fifth with two points.

However, skipper Sir Ben Ainslie has proven time and time again his ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Barker has all to play for after he was dropped by New Zealand following their 2013 loss.

Team NZ won eight of their 10 races while the British boat managed only four wins, failing to match their lofty pre-regatta expectations.

Fading French hopes of challenging for the America's Cup were finally dashed on Friday when Groupama Team France lost to a dominant New Zealand crew who moved ahead of defending champions Oracle Team USA in Bermuda.

Semifinals: Emirates Team New Zealand will face Land Rover BAR, and SoftBank Team Japan meets Sweden's Artemis Racing in the round, which begins Sunday.

One challenger will be eliminated by Saturday.

Oracle will now train on its own while the challengers sail their semifinals, which start Sunday, and finals.

That heavy defeat put more pressure on the clash with France - who had lost to SoftBank Team Japan by nearly six minutes in the day's opening race - but Britain crossed the finish line just ahead of their opponents to avenge Monday's defeat.