Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team secured the America’s Cup’s 2016 Portsmouth regatta in the final race by a point despite coming second to ORACLE Team USA in the series’ sixth outing.
ORACLE led narrowly from the opening with BAR just slipping behind them as they heading into the second leg.
The two teams flew into a six boat-length lead ahead of the rest of the fleet as the historic grudge match got underway out on the Solent.

However, a fast jive then hit the BAR boat giving ORACLE the chance to move into a stronger lead as the crowds along the shore roared their hearts out for Sir Ben Ainslie’s team.
Emirates Team New Zealand were catching Sir Ben’s team and as the teams headed through the third leg, all three teams were involved in a battle royale.
ORACLE were keeping BAR at bay by a distance of about 60 metres as the teams headed into the fourth leg with the race looking for a tight finish with SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France and Artemis Racing lagging behind by nearly 250 metres from ORACLE by the end of the third leg.
BAR managed to gain some distance at the start of the fourth leg, with only 16 seconds separating them from ORACLE.
However, the American team then moved into a stunning 120m lead after charging down the Solent as Emirates began to close on BAR.
SoftBank then changed their tactics, choosing to go down the left flank of the course in a surprise move and the Japanese team began to close slowly on BAR and Emirates.
The move saw SoftBank move in front of Emirates as they battled with BAR for that second place position at the start of the sixth leg.
ORACLE continued to pull out in front with the BAR team still not able to catch them.
The American team rounded the final corner ahead but the crowd were roaring for BAR as they passed the finish line in second from three boat lengths behind to secure the Portsmouth 2016 series.
SoftBank battled past Emirates to land third ahead of them with Groupama sliding over the finish line in fifth ahead of Artemis Racing.
Race six result: 1. ORACLE Team USA: 16.15; 2: Land Rover BAR: +0.09; 3. SoftBank Team Japan: +0.32; 4. Emirates Team New Zealand: +0.59; 5. Groupama Team France: +1.29; 6. Artemis Racing: +1.52

 

The Portsmouth regatta final standings

The Portsmouth regatta final standings

 

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