New Zealand capsize in America's Cup semi-final with Britain

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2017

The other semi-final is being fought out between Sweden's Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan who had also been scheduled to complete two races on Wednesday.

New Zealand's 5-2 victory over the British crew led by Ben Ainslie means they progress to the America's Cup challenger play-offs this weekend when they will face either Sweden's Artemis Racing or SoftBank Team Japan.

Burling said such mishaps were "part of it", adding: "I felt like even if he (Outteridge) didn't fall off we would have got that gate (course marker) off him".

Ainslie told Press Association Sport: "It certainly helps, and that's why we've been pivotal in supporting the framework agreement that Martin Whitmarsh has put forward".

“We had our heads down making sure we were getting everything out of our boat we could to make sure we got past and then realised they had slowed down, and didnt really realise why until we sailed past them about a minute or so later.”.

Its sailing Day-10 of the 35th Americas Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Artemis and Team New Zealand will race three times again tomorrow morning.

The New Zealand boat rose on its hydrofoils rapidly just before the start and lost control, its bows plunging into the water before the boat flipped sideways, its massive fixed wing sail in the water.

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The British boat trails New Zealand 3-1 in the best-of-nine series but they have the chance to draw level should they win both of Thursday's races.

They advance to face the victor between Sweden's Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan.

He said the boat had just rounded the downwind mark and gotten on the wind when there was a "big crunching sound coming out of the wing".

The victor of the best of nine series will go on to challenge Oracle Team USA for the America's Cup.

They were outstanding in the second race, where they were about as ideal as possible, but tactician Iain Percy said they have a lot of work to do.

Ainslie has won the cup before, as tactician with Oracle Team USA in their 2013 comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand.

But if New Zealand emerge victorious, they have said they will look to return to the cup's less structured roots, something which might make it harder for SoftBank Team Japan, who bought their design from the holders, to commit to.

With the Swedish team hampered, New Zealand capitalised to claim the lead.

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