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Oracle Team USA frustrated by their performance

Oracle Team USA frustrated by their performance”

On an afternoon of light, shifty winds on the turquoise waters of the Great Sound, Oracle won two of three races to take a two-point lead in the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup Qualifiers.

This is the first time the defender has sailed against challengers in the preliminaries.

The defending champions, who will advance to the America's Cup match regardless, lead on five points from five races, having accrued a point from the World Series.

It was the fourth loss for the British crew and the second victory for underdogs Groupama Team France, who won their first race of the contest on Sunday, beating Sweden's Artemis Racing.

Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR suffered a shock defeat at the hands of an increasingly confident Groupama Team France on Monday in the America's Cup qualifiers in Bermuda.

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In an interview Richard Slater, ACRM's Chief Umpire said, "When they were coming down to the final gate mark, with the information we had at the time, we had Artemis Racing on port, as the keep clear boat, and Emirates Team New Zealand on starboard, and our job is to be certain that Artemis Racing were keeping clear, and we weren't at that time certain they were keeping clear".

"Our boat certainly needs more work to fix but I don't think it really affected the performance today", Ainslie said. "The guys are in great shape, so it's not really an issue in terms of the physical side for the guys".

Team New Zealand had to slow at the mark and almost tipped over.

"When you look at the conditions, it's no surprise at all that either team could have been a long way ahead", he said.

Artemis will face Ainslie's Land Rover BAR in the third race scheduled.

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"We had a tough day out there today", conceded SoftBank Team Japan helmsman Dean Barker.

"It is a very good feeling for the whole team, we have been waiting two years for that feeling", said Franck Cammas after his team's victory in their only race of the day.

Artemis and New Zealand don't have to wait for a rematch. “Its just a shame we couldnt repay that work with some wins today, ” he said. "It's the sort of thing that if you took it to a boat yard they would say "that will take two or three months". "I think our shore crew are looking forward to when Ben's going to bring some beers down".

"We had a few tiny issues onboard and I misjudged the entry, but that happens", said Burling on his pre-start error which led to a penalty.

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