That's similar to what Oracle gained.
Team NZ will take on the British Ben Ainslie Racing syndicate in this week's Louis Vuitton America's Cup challenger playoffs. "Good work", tactician Tom Slingsby told his crewmates after Oracle's fast, 50-foot catamaran splashed down off its foils at the end of the race.
Light winds force delays at the America's Cup defender series off Bermuda. It feels like every time we go out we sail better and we learn a lot..
A broken rudder during race preparations made for a chaotic start for Oracle.
The new breed of craft competing for the oldest trophy in worldwide sport lifts out of the water on hydrofoils, so far "flying" at speeds of more than 40 knots.
After America's Cup Qualifiers on Saturday, Emirates Team New Zealand finished second in the final standings, one point behind eventual winners Oracle Team USA. "Clearly that was our goal coming into the competition".
"The shore team got us in a position to win", he said.
The result means the US team will have a point lead against whoever gets to challenge them in a head-to-head match, which will be won by the first team to get to seven points.
Oracle started that series down two points after being penalized for the biggest cheating scandal in America's Cup history.
Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR sailed smoothly throughout the race but, having fallen behind their opponents at the start, the British team could never quite close the gap as the race progressed. The Kiwis reached match point at 8-1 and were way ahead in what would have been the clinching race, but it was abandoned after the time limit expired. Oracle then mounted one of the greatest comebacks in sports, winning eight straight races to retain the Auld Mug.
Oracle will sail against Land Rover BAR in the fourth and final race Saturday. Weve come relatively late and I think we have sailed a total of 12 races in these boats.
The American-backed crew, which includes Australians Spithill and Slingsby, will now train on its own while the challengers sail their semifinals, which start Sunday, and finals.
Another factor giving Japan a "home" advantage is that they have based themselves in Bermuda with Oracle Team USA since they were founded in 2015.
The New Zealand team will be looking to bounce back quickly from yesterday's demoralising loss to Team USA.
The boat slowed but not sufficiently in the eyes of course umpires, who issued another penalty.
Oracle came back later Saturday and beat Land Rover BAR.
Bernie Wilson is an Associated Press writer.
Fading French hopes of challenging for the America's Cup were finally dashed on Friday when Groupama Team France lost to a dominant New Zealand crew who moved ahead of defending champions Oracle Team USA in Bermuda.
SoftBank Team Japan opted for a radically different course to other new teams seeking to challenge Oracle Team USA in this month's 35th America's Cup.