Japanese win provisional AC World Series race in New York

Sunday's three races were held on the Hudson River before thousands of spectators, watching in breezy sunshine on the NY promenade the 44-foot twin-hulled sailboats known as AC45Fs rise up on retractable hydrofoil keels and rudders and create the appearance of flying over the surface of the water. But competitive sailing now has more in common with auto racing. I think that's important to keep in mind as I try to make sense of what it's like to hold on for dear life on the back of an America's Cup AC45 catamaran, or as it felt to me: a wind-powered carbon fiber water rocket.

In the meantime a couple of teams were entertaining the crowds with speed runs along the sea wall, foiling as they were pulled behind their chase boats.

No further racing was possible within the allowed time window and instead a substitute race was sailed, which was won by Softbank Team Japan.

With 244 points, Team New Zealand now lead Team USA by eight, with BAR third on 227 points. Oracle has won the last two America's Cups and will be defending the Auld Mug trophy in Bermuda in 2017 against a challenger who emerges from the playoff circuit.

After racing on Saturday, ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill noted how the "entire foreshore was packed from Tribeca down to Battery Park City". It will only be scored if it is needed for inclusion in the worldwide broadcast on Sunday. "If we get the wind we have in the forecast tomorrow, we'll really be able to show what the boats can do". "It took a while for the breeze to build. The last run we had an opportunity for third place, but just lost to the French". Each race will be a double-points race, meaning 1st place earns 20 points, 2nd place 18 points, 3rd place 16 points and so on.

"It is pretty tricky with the currents and getting the lay lines".

Super Sunday racing is ahead tomorrow. "The upwind leg was very short because we were sailing with the current and the downwind leg was long because we were sailing into it. The wind wasn't strong enough to fly a hull, but all in all it was quite a good race".

Three races are planned beginning at 2:00 pm.