Ainslie's British boat secures semi-final progress at America's Cup

Ainslie's British boat secures semi-final progress at America's Cup

02 June 2017 / 06:11
Sir Ben Ainslie is maintaining the mantra of constant improvement as his British crew secured their place to the America's Cup Challenger play-offs in Bermuda.

americascupresultsLand Rover BAR bounced back from a defeat to New Zealand to narrowly get the better of Franck Cammas's Team France in very light wind conditions.

Only four of five challenger crews advance to the best of nine semi-finals but the four-time Olympic champion admits there is lots of work ahead.

"It is a relief to have got through to the next stage because that is the first goal for all the teams competing here," he said.

"I’m very happy to be through but I’m also very mindful that there is a lot for us to improve on.

"There is still a long way for us to go and so unfortunately there will be no party for us.

Ainslie's crew - including 2016 Olympic champion Giles Scott - will enjoy a rest day on Friday before concluding races against defending champions Team Oracle USA and Japan on Saturday.

But Cammas's France need to win both their remaining encounters, with New Zealand and Sweden, to progress.

"There is definitely a lot of pressure on us," he admitted.

"Things are looking very tough but we are still alive and will do the best we can.

"We will make it through? I’m not sure but we will keep fighting and so we will see."

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