February 28, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie clinched his second straight hometown America's Cup World Series victory with a win and two second-place finishes in Sunday's three races.

Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team finished with 82 points, one ahead of his former employer, two-time defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented the trophy to Ainslie, who was knighted following the London Olympics, when he won his fourth straight gold medal and fifth games medal overall.

''I think it's been a brilliant weekend,'' Ainslie said. ''For us to race in Portsmouth, in front of our home crowd with the weather playing its part and two cracking days of racing, as a home team to win in front of our home crowd is the best thing we could do.''

Oracle had a strong day, with two wins and a second.

After Oracle struggled early in the 2013 America's Cup, Ainslie was promoted from the backup crew to the race crew. Oracle staged one of the biggest comebacks in sports to retain the Auld Mug. Ainslie then launched his British syndicate in an effort to win back the trophy his country lost to the schooner America in 1851.

Ainslie's team also won the 2015 America's Cup World Series stop in its home waters, not far from where the original America's Cup was contested 165 years ago.

Land Rover BAR took over the ACWS lead from the Kiwis, followed by Oracle, Team New Zealand, SoftBank Team Japan, Sweden's Artemis Racing and Groupama Team France.

The ACWS is a series of warmup regattas for the 2017 America's Cup in Bermuda.

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