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Land Rover BAR are in pole position for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda after winning the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Fukuoka, Japan. But as the two days demonstrated, there’s still all to play for in the world of wildly unpredictable America’s Cup racing...

The weekend played host to the six teams - SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR, Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing who battled it out in a tense series of nail-biting races. As the series opened the first race was tightly contended with Emirates Team New Zealand making a promising start. 

Groupama Team France were left frustrated after picking-up penalties and defending champions Oracle Team USA enjoyed brief glimpses of victory. However it was Land Rover BAR who stamped their authority throughout sailing with controlled aggression and winning with one race to spare. In a dramatic final, they won the regatta in a tiebreak against Artemis Racing after executing an incredible final leg pass of Oracle Team USA.  

The win means Land Rover BAR enter the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers with two bonus points giving them an early advantage for the first set of round-robin races starting on 26th May 2017.

There are exciting times ahead for Ainslie’s team who now have the very real possibility of bringing home the oldest trophy in international sport for the first time in its 165 year history. But all could change as the countdown to Bermuda begins and teams spend the forthcoming months focusing on their boats, competitor scoping and race readiness.  

For many teams Christmas will be the last break that they’ll have before racing starts for the America's Cup. We wish the teams a well earned break and look forward to the excitement of Bermuda in 2017...