Kiwi America's Cup catamaran sidelined after collision

Gwen Vasquez
May 18, 2017

Team New Zealand's rocky buildup to the America's Cup has plunged to a new low after their boat suffered damage in a collision in Bermuda.

Just ten days before round robin Challenger series Team New Zealand was rammed from behind during a pre-race starting manoevre leaving a metre long dent in the boat.

Speaking to Land Rover's official Facebook page, Ainslie was honest in speaking about the collision that saw both boats damaged and needing repairs.

"For me, reliability is certainly going to be a real talking point through this America's Cup". It resulted in the race being abandoned and both boats having to return to their workshops.

Explaining the damage to the Kiwi boat, Burling continued: "It went straight in under the media pod with his windward bow and right down the inside of the leeward hull, so there is a pretty good dent there".

It's hoped it will be ready for the final day of practice racing on Saturday.

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A puncture was made in the cockpit area, near Burling's steering wheel.

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There's been damage to the rear of the hull after the Brits, skippered by Ben Ainslie, ran into the back of Emirates Team New Zealand during a pre-start manoeuvre - an action helmsman Peter Burling described as "unnecessary".

The British team immediately started making repairs with the aim of getting back out on the water for practice racing for day three. "The team are now all working hard to be back out on the water as soon as possible".

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