First day's racing called off in New York

Organisers had to abandon racing on day one of the America's Cup World Series in New York today.

Saturday, 7th May 2016, 9:46 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th May 2016, 9:57 am
Sir Ben Ainslie Picture: Lloyd Images

A lack of wind made racing impossible on the Hudson, causing the weekend’s first three races to be cancelled.

Portsmouth-based Land Rover BAR sit third in the standings behind leaders Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA.

The New York weekend is the fifth round of racing in the series.

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Weather conditions are expected to improve tomorrow for Super Sunday, where double points are on offer.

Land Rover BAR skipper and team principal, Sir Ben Ainslie, said: It was a tough day for everybody, the only full race of the day was a substitute race and unfortunately we had a boundary penalty before the start, so despite having a really good start that put us at the back of the fleet.

‘They were very difficult conditions, so it was a frustrating day but at the same time it was awesome to be out on the harbour and see so many boats and spectators on the shore.

‘We’re really looking forward to getting some decent racing in tomorrow.’