PLAYOFFS DAY ONE RUNDOWN

© Matt Knighton

SOFTBANK TEAM JAPAN - 0 vs. ARTEMIS RACING - 0

SoftBank Team Japan continues their march towards the America's Cup Finals lining up against Artemis Racing for the first races of the Playoff Semi-Finals today.

Light winds on the racecourse prevented racing yesterday but conditions look very favorable for racing today.

The best of five matchup will last well into the week ahead as the team's race two races each day as conditions allow.

SoftBank Team Japan will be looking to take advantage of their test and practice time agains the familiar Swedes after having sailed alongside them for the past 18 months with both team's having made Bermuda their home base.

Racing will be broadcast LIVE in Japan on Sports Navi Live beginnning at 2am JST.

For live race blog updates, dont' forget to follow us on Twitter at @SoftBankTeamJPN where we'll be posting throughout the days racing.

SOFTBANK TEAM JAPAN RACE SCHEDULE:

1437 - Playoff Race 1 vs. Artemis Racing

1535 - Playoff Race 2 vs. Artemis Racing

SAILING TEAM ROSTER:

Skipper/Helm - Dean Barker

Tactician - Chris Draper

Grinder - Ben Lamb

Grinder - Yuki Kasatani

Grinder - Jeremy Lomas

Grinder - Derek Saward

*Reserve Sailors: Luke Payne, Yugo Yoshida, Kazuhikio Sofuku, and Simeon Tienpont

WEATHER FORECAST:

Windspeed is predicted to be a gusty 11-18 knots at race time from 150 - 160 degrees. Wave height 0.1 - 0.4m. Air temp 25 deg C.