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America's Cup racing postponed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/05/2017

Emirates Team New Zealand sails during a practice race on Bermuda's Great Sound before the 35th America's Cup sailing event on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. America's Cup competition begins May 26 © Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA via AP Emirates Team New Zealand sails during a practice race on Bermuda's Great Sound before the 35th America's Cup sailing event on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. America's Cup competition begins May 26 Light winds in Bermuda have forced America's Cup organisers to postpone racing for a day.

Organisers announced no competition would be possible at 7am (NZT) on day five of the challenger qualifying series after the wind failed to reach the allowable level.

Requiring an average wind speed of six knots to race on the Great Sound, conditions hovered between about two and four knots.

It is the second time racing has been postponed at the regatta, with strong winds postponing the scheduled opening day last week.

The four races scheduled for Thursday (NZT) will be pushed back to Friday.

Team New Zealand are scheduled for one race, against Britain's BAR syndicate.

The Kiwis are second in the qualifying series behind holders Team USA, with boat syndicates boasting a 5-1 win-loss record.

Team New Zealand are guaranteed a place in the challenger semi-finals, regardless the outcome of their four remaining qualifying races.

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