As the defending champions, Team USA sit out the semi-finals and final of qualifying and await the challenger they produce for the 35th America's Cup.
Statistics show the British team are the best off the start line, but poor boat speed and a habit of picking up unwelcome penalties has cost them heavily.
Billed by Oracle Team USA's Jimmy Spithill as the "decider", the US skipper forced a penalty on New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling at the start of their race and built an early lead. That came in a 4:06 whitewashing of Groupama Team France, which was eliminated with one race to sail.
A broken rudder during race preparations made for a chaotic start for Oracle.
Two impressive victories over Emirates Team New Zealand ensured the holders grabbed a valuable point ahead of the start of the America's Cup proper.
The New Zealanders first won the America's Cup in 1995 in San Diego.
As such, they will take a bonus point with them into the best-of-13 Cup Match, effectively the regatta final, later in the month.
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The fourth seeded Christie registered 21-9, 21-18 win over Malaysia's Joo Ven Soong in the other semi-final match . Saina Nehwal too books a berth in the semis after she won a tough battle against Japanese shuttler Haruko Suzuki.
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Although New Zealand fought back, a couple of uncharacteristic errors meant they were unable to get ahead of Spithill's 50-foot (15 metre) catamaran and were beaten easily by the holders of the oldest trophy in worldwide sport.
Team NZ opted to take on Brits in the first-to-five semifinal series, while Artemis and Team Japan will face off for the other spot in the final.
In one of the many radical departures from tradition, this is the first time the defender has sailed against challengers in the preliminaries.
"Emirates Team New Zealand have certainly proved through this qualifying round to be sailing really well".
Despite the setback, SoftBank Team Japan recovered brilliantly to close the gap to their rivals ahead of the next gate as the two teams crossed paths before the turn. "The boys sailed a great race it, said Burling".
Burling was far happier about his teams continued progression, which has led to them climbing to the top of the standings to become favourites to ultimately challenge Oracle Team USA for the Americas Cup in two weeks time.
The knowledge they have gained of the winds and conditions of Bermuda's Great Sound is also a potential advantage for tactician Chris Draper and the crew. Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR, Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan all secured their progression through to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs, while Groupama Team France bow out of the 35th America's Cup with their heads held high. Artemis Racing, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan round out the competition heading into the next rounds.