Team New Zealand boat capsizes in America's Cup challenger semi-final

Team New Zealand boat capsizes in America's Cup challenger semi-final

"It was an fantastic day of sailing". In 30 years of racing sailing boats, I've never experienced anything quite like that.

"I didn't actually see the capsize itself, we'd just come off the start-line", said Ainslie. "Ultimately one loss and one win, considering the conditions, we are happy with that".

Skipper Ben Ainslie had to throw in the towel after coming to an abrupt halt in the second leg of the widely-anticipated race against the New Zealand crew, which was postponed due to a lack of wind in Bermuda's Great Sound on Sunday.

Burling said Team New Zealand had yet to properly assess exactly what had caused the capsize, although winds were gusting near the maximum allowed for America's Cup racing. In the second they were unable to overcome the rough conditions, Japan winning by 26 seconds to take a 3-1 led in their semi-final series.

In the other semi-final, SoftBank Team Japan enjoyed a pair of comfortable victories over Artemis Racing.

"She's still upright, so that's a good start", SoftBank helmsman Dean Barker said after both boats took a beating.

However, Barker's team did not let the damage hold them up and they crossed the finish line first.

Having lost the first encounter, Nathan Outteridge came back fighting to clinch a crucial win and level the scores at 1-1.

Team New Zealand's Blair Tuke is helped by a BAR chase boat after today's shocking nosedive. "We are just trying to right the boat".

"It was a disappointing day but you just have to keep chipping away".

"I am sure they will recover from that and be out racing tomorrow or the next day".

There will then a break in America's Cup proceedings while other events take place until the start of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup, 13-race series with initial 4 races on June 17 and 18.

Somehow, the Team New Zealand helmsman fronted the daily media conference after an event that could have been so much worse. The semi finals are a first-to-five-points contest.

Going into the last day of the Qualifiers last Saturday June 3 Emirates Team New Zealand were leading Defending Champion Oracle Team USA by 1 point with a head to head race between the two teams to play.

Skipper Peter Burling said there no major injuries.

"What an incredible day of racing". The teams were to race again Monday. "It's a tough one for the team".

He's struggled for speed on his 50-foot foiling catamaran and been involved in three crashes, including a spectacular one on the first day of the qualifiers that nearly sank his boat.

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