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Francisco Seco, Associated Press
Oracle Racing 4 AC45, left, from the US, and Artemis Racing AC45, from Sweden, sail during the first day of racing at the America's Cup World Series Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 in Cascais, near Lisbon. The event is a pre-cursor to the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco and nine teams will race in the new AC45 sailing boats, the forerunner to the 72-foot catamarans that will be used in San Francisco.

CASCAIS, Portugal — Light wind hampered the start of the America's Cup World Series for the high-tech catamarans.

Conditions in the Atlantic off the Portugal coast initially delayed sailing before organizers decided to abandon the inaugural speed trial event.

Emirates New Zealand skipper Dean Barker called Saturday's launch of the nine-day series disappointing since racing wasn't "exactly on the edge."

The Kiwis led Swedish challenger Artemis Racing by one point after three races, with defender Oracle Racing's pair of multihulls close behind.

The World Series is essentially training for the Louis Vuitton Cup, where boats will try to become the designated challenger in the America's Cup. Both cups will be raced in 2013 in San Francisco.