Ainslie’s team ahead in America’s Cup World Series finale

The Land Rover BAR team

Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team won both regattas in Portsmouth during the series

Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie guided his Land Rover BAR team to the overall lead after the opening day of racing at the America’s Cup World Series in Japan.

Ainslie’s crew won the first of the day’s three races and has 27 points, one ahead of Oracle Team USA.

The Fukuoka regatta is the ninth and final stop of the series.

The winner of the overall series, in which Ainslie’s team lead by 15 points, will earn two bonus points to carry into the qualifiers in June.

The winner of that qualifying series in Bermuda in May and June 2017 will face Oracle Team USA in the main event, the 2017 America’s Cup – also in Bermuda – later in June.

Watch highlights of the final round of the America’s Cup World Series from Japan on Monday 21 November at 20:00 GMT on BBC Red Button, the BBC Sport website app.

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