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Now that you’re all suitably titillated about what is to come, it’s time for a reminder of how we got here.

It’s been a long old road, starting all the way back in July 2015 for the first round of the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth. Nearly two years on, we’re here in sunny Bermuda.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team won the World Series, giving handing them two bonus points for the start of the America’s Cup Qualifiers, which started in Bermuda at the end of May. It was, however, a false dawn for Sir Ben and his team; the Brits became the second team to be knocked out of the competition after the unfancied French were eliminated after round one.

Jimmy Spithill has admitted yesterday’s bow stunt was a calculated move to wind up the Team New Zealand camp on the eve of the America’s Cup match in Bermuda.

Two Team Japan crew members were yesterday spotted carrying two shiny red bows from the Oracle compound next door to the headquarters of the Japanese syndicate. The implication was that Oracle, as they are permitted to do under the Cup rules, were putting together a second boat using Team Japan’s hulls.

Speaking at the traditional pre-America’s Cup skippers press conference, Spithill said it was all a clever ruse to mess with the heads of Team NZ, and apparently the media, who he claimed to have “missed dearly” during his 10-day downtime in between official appearances.

“I think it just shows you guys will fall for anything, last time it was a stability augmentation system called ‘Herbie’. This time it was no coincidence that we saw the spy boat out there, I just can’t believe you guys fell for it again,” said Spithill.

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Light winds in Bermuda have forced America’s Cup organisers to postpone racing for a day.

Organisers announced no competition would be possible at 7am (NZ time) on day five of the challenger qualifying series after the wind failed to reach the allowable level.

Requiring an average wind speed of six knots to race on the Great Sound, conditions hovered between about two and four knots.

It is the second time racing has been postponed at the regatta, with strong winds postponing the scheduled opening day last week.

The four races scheduled for Thursday (NZT) will be pushed back to Friday.

Team New Zealand are scheduled for one race, against Britain’s BAR syndicate.

The BAR in Land Rover BAR stands for Ben Ainslie Racing and is testament to the single-handed determination sailing’s most successful Olympian has shown in his quest to bring the oldest trophy in international sport “home” to Britain.

For Ainslie, 40, who says he dreamt of winning the America’s Cup when he was learning to sail as a child, lifting the “Auld Mug” in San Francisco in 2013 as a key member of the Oracle Team USA crew was not enough.

So, under the banner “Bring The Cup Home”, Ainslie set about mounting his own challenge and just three years ago launched BAR with the aim of doing something British teams have tried and failed to do on some 20 occasions.

But to get an America’s Cup boat on the water, let alone compete with the likes of Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing, costs tens of millions of dollars.

Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing are respectively backed by billionaires Larry Ellison and Sweden’s Torbjorn Tornqvist and have been in the game for years.

Not only has Ainslie managed to raise 90 million pounds to fund his campaign, he has also built a massive team headquarters in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, looking out over the Solent where in 1851 the schooner “America” beat the British to win the cup which is named after it.

The Kiwis are second in the qualifying series behind holders Team USA, with boat syndicates boasting a 5-1 win-loss record.

What is it?

It’s the sixth day of the America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda. The whole shabang is fully explained below.

When is it?

Racing starts at 6pm UK time, although light winds might play havoc with the schedule again today. Racing was called off yesterday due to light winds. Officials waited for two hours before postponing the day’s races, but winds failed to rise above the six-knot minimum requirement.

There are 12 races in the current round-robin series that still have to be sailed before the semi-finals begin early next week.